I love to shoot people and my main concern is to capture the essence of that person. I have been very lucky to have shot with some absolutely awesome individuals and I hope to work with them all again in the future.
Where possible I prefer to refer to the real person as opposed to a “model” in my photos. The person or personality is as important to my images as anything else.
Whatever style of portraiture you are shooting, there are certain photographic rules that you are “required” to abide by. These include specific poses that the photographer will have to direct the sitter towards. The lights have to be set up in a certain way to show classic lighting examples like Rembrandt, Butterfly or broad lighting.
Women♀ must face a certain way and men♂ a different way. Make sure you have catchlight in the eyes. Cross your legs. Don’t cross your legs. Where are the hands? Females don’t show the front of the hand. The list goes on and on and on and on!
Whenever possible, I take these rules and throw them out the window. 🙂