Ep 158: How to style your portraits to create maximum impact

When you’re shooting portraits, there’s more to it than ensuring that you direct your subject into the right pose. If you have to shoot portraits that are going to stand the test of time, then this episode is for you.

Gina and Valerie discuss the essential elements of a great portrait and show you what you need to consider to ensure that you capture just the right shot. From location and colour, to clothes and style, you’ll discover how to shoot ideal portraits without lots of fancy equipment.

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Show notes


“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint Laurent
“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.” — Coco Chanel
“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” — Edna Woolman Chase


Classic vs so hot right now. Will your images pass the 10 year test?

Richard Avedon

Cartier Bresson

Annie Leibovitz


Oprah photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the September issue of Vogue


Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it good


Find your own style

Stick to classic looks that won’t date as fast

Pinterest references

  • classic cuts in suits
  • jeans
  • t shirts
  • shoes

Colour has a big impact on how someone looks.

E.g. blue/green makes blue eyes pop
Colours and backgrounds date
grey/white/black is classic

Types of props can make an image look classy
E.g. high quality retro suitcases or watches vs cheap balloons

High end = simple, clean, elegant
Low end= flashy, messy

Vogue, vanity fair,GQ – Grey background
Walmart/Kmart – bright, busy

Local mall in front of Walmart can look tacky
Local Mall in front of dark grey wall = classic
Look for simple classic backdrops and avoid props they may date an image. Eg latest iphone or ipad will date in 3 years

Cheap vs Expensive
Sexy vs tacky

Guess and Calvin Klein is sexy



This can be considered tacky

RIP Zoo Weekly

Retouching style
Overdone Instagram filters vs classic retouching
Are you using too many filters/effects to mask poor photography?

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