With the rapid development of modern technology in this digital age, portrait photography has never been more popular as it is today. Because of social media websites focusing on photos—websites such as Instagram, Snapchat, Flick and the like, portrait photography has been serving more purposes that it originally was created for.
Also known as portraiture, portrait photography is used to capture the personality of a subject, a person or a group, with the use of certain lighting, poses and back grounds. Today, portrait photography is used for many reasons ranging from personal usage to business purposes.
History of Portrait Photography
Portrait photography actually originated from the daguerreotype process, the first photographic process promoted publicly, from the 1800s. From then on, portraiture was used for medical reasons and for artistic purposes. Back then, the subject would be seated against bland and plain backgrounds with soft lighting overhead.
Common Uses of Portrait Photography
Throughout the years, the following have been the purposes which portrait photography has served:
- Medical Study
- Clinical Records
- Senior Portraits
- Graduation Picture
- Family Picture
- Business Card
- Curriculum Vitae
- Social Media Profile
Hiring a Portrait Photographer
For the most part, the reasons for getting a portrait photography session lean towards important and big events such as weddings, graduations, family picture, etc.—because of this, it is, therefore, very important to choose the right photographer to do the job.
Here are some tips when it comes to hiring portrait photographers or photographers, in general:
- Presentation of accomplished work
Always ask them to show you the works they have done in the past. Here, you can gauge if your style and their style mesh well or not. And if the styles are quite different from what you want, this is also the best way for you to open up about the details of the results you want.
- Check out their style
In portrait photography, many themes and styles are possible. Try to see if the photographer plays well with the lighting, backgrounds, camera focus and poses—does he/she get what you are picturing?
- Preparation before the session
Ask them if they have any ideas and inputs for the photo session you will be having—try to see if they also have a vision for your event. Good photographers will always have useful inputs to suggest to their clients. It is best if the potential photographer also has some portrait photography ideas which he can recommend to you.
- Check the coverage of the package
Determine what services are covered with the package they offer for your event. Try to see if they are offering limited or unlimited shots, ask about how the files will be delivered—will there be an inclusion of a photo album? Will it all be soft copies?
- Compare prices
It is very important to compare prices since there have been some situations wherein photographers have overpriced clients. Try to look for at least 3 photographer options just in case something is off with the other ones.