2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors

If you have been following our photography for awhile, you will know that we photograph lots of different subjects.

We juggle portraits, jumps, landscapes, animals, still life, food, nature and love photographing every single one! Although some subjects are harder to photograph than others, one of which is portraits.

The amount of time it has taken us to master our portraits amounts to endless hours with countless trail and error.

By having tested almost every different portrait angle, expression, and composition, we can teach you first hand what to do. and what NOT to do, when it comes down to photographing attractive, stunningly beautiful portraits.

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In the meantime, you might be surprised or even find yourself making these 2 very common portrait errors that could set you back from taking portrait we know you are capable of.

Scroll down to read what these 2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors are.

1. Low Point of View

As photographers we are always moving around, changing composition, photographing from different angles adjusting the light etc. But the one thing we never, ever do. is photograph the model from a low perspective. Why?

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this… 1) It makes the models jaw line pretty much disappear, even with someone who has a very obvious jaw line will still struggle to keep it, if you photograph with a low perceptive, which is obviously not an ideal or attractive outcome!

2) By photographing the model with a low point of view, you also look up their nose… Hence, this type of composition is rarely considered a good a idea…!

You may not be making this error to the extent in which I have described – however, it’s easy to do it a little bit without noticing it so try and avoid it all together.

2. Head on Portraits


The second error portrait photographers make, are shooting portrait too head on. The ultimate goal with portraits is to make the person look relaxed and gorgeous at the same time. Photographing the model head on looking at the photographer completely straight or with no tilt of their head ends up looking plan boring like a passport photo… Which doesn’t flatter the model or give them a good jaw line.

Just take a look at the photograph above, this is a great example of how to correctly photograph a head on portrait.

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