Portrait Photography encompasses a range of photography styles including Glamour, Model portfolio shoots, Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography, Family Portraits, and Corporate Headshot photography. The equipment requirements differ for each, however one element remains critical: The quality of the light is the biggest determining factor on the quality of the result. The camera can only capture what it sees, so the lighting equipment will have more influence on the outcome than the camera body or lens.
Shooting weddings is a mix of set shots on location and on-the go event photography during the ceremony and the reception. In both stages of the wedding, portability is important. Click here to see our guide to shooting weddings
Model shoots often employ beauty dishes with a honeycomb grid to accentuate cheekbones, or full body length strip softboxes with egg-crate grids, to accentuate the models' shape.
Glamour Photography focuses on providing the customer with a memorable photo to hang on the wall. Hair and Makeup are key contributors to this style of phot, as well as large softboxes to provide soft flattering light to flatter the subject. Glamour shoots are often taken in a dedicated studio, permanently setup, especially for such shoots. Popular photographic tools for Glamour shoots are 150cm octoboxes attached to powerful studio flash, The Large light source provides even light coverage on the model, to minimise shadows, and provide attractive round catchlights in the eyes. Given the permanent nature of most glamour photography studios, heavy-duty light stands, or C-Stands are typically used to provide stable light sources, less likely to be accidentally knocked over by your customers. Another solution to mounting lights is a roof-mounted Pantogrpah system, which keeps the lights and cables off the floor, eliminating tripping hazards.
Corporate Headshots are often commissioned by businesses for key staff members. The portraits are often used for website profile images, for inclusion in press releases, and to provide professional-looking LinkedIn profiles.