Crafting Lifelong Memories: portrait photography

Portraits are a timeless form of decoration and remembrance of your loved ones. They’re also one of my favorite types of shoots to be a part of because I get to craft a piece of the family’s history.

If you’re looking for portraits in Bloomington, IL, I encourage you to spend some time looking through my portfolio. If you feel comfortable that I’m the one for the job, visit my “Get In Touch” page and let’s get started.


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I like for my clients to be comfortable in choosing me to handle their portrait photos. I want you to be as excited for me to take your photos as I am. Rest assured, I have the know-how and the experience to put together a stunning collection of family portraits that you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. Even so, I’ve put together a list of things to keep in mind when choosing your photographer because I want it to be your decision.


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After looking at the photographer’s portfolio, the next thing you need to consider is how they interact with you and how much of a distinct effort they make to connect with you during the process. Sit down with the photographer in advance and go over a few questions and details - preferred facial angles, favorite color or article of clothing, preferred pose, purpose of the portrait.

Portrait Photography: Questions To Ask

Ask your photographer what kind of lighting they prefer. If shooting outside using natural light, you’ll want to consider the time of day and direction of the sun. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for a natural-light portrait. If shooting in an interior or studio setting, see if a natural light shoot is possible, or if you’ll have to rely on artificial lighting.

You’ll definitely want a photographer who places emphasis on the eyes of their subject. Perfect composition and exposure can’t save a photo if the eyes aren’t sharp. Shooting from a low angle will make your subject taller than they actually are.

Portrait Photography: Techniques To Know

Shooting from a low angle is a great technique for fooling the eye and changing the perspective of objects and people. They also need to understand what angles work best for each subject, and when working with children, it’s critical that they never shoot down from an adult’s level.

Another thing to keep in mind is the photographer’s choice of lens. For portraits with visual impact a wide-angle lens is a must. In order to craft unique and appealing photos, your photographer needs to be able to break the mold a little bit.

Maybe they’ll consider use of a prop - an experienced photographer knows this runs the risk of taking focus away from the main subject, but it also brings the benefit of making the subject more comfortable and adding a story within the image. Maybe they’ll consider using “burst” or “continuous shooting” mode to fire off several shots at a time, which could create some really intriguing final products.

Photographer In Bloomington-Normal

Haley A Photography specializes in wedding and family photography sessions, including destination weddings, newborn photography, and portraits in Bloomington, IL.

My hope is that, having read this, you feel comfortable in knowing what to look for in a portrait photographer in Bloomington, IL, and that you feel more assured that I have the necessary experience and know-how to best handle your shoot. Visit my Get In Touch page and let’s get to work!



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