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Gentlemen, Pose for a Portrait

Thursday, 26 January 2017
Gentlemen, Pose for a Portrait

We put the spotlight on male portrait photography

Does the idea of posing for some portrait photography seem a bit feminine for your tastes, or perhaps just uncomfortable? It doesn’t have to be. Firstly, portrait photography isn’t reserved for just women, actors, politicians and celebrities. When working with a talented photographer, it can prove to be an entertaining experience that just about any guy would enjoy. What’s more, if you take the leap of faith, your story will be captured for eternity and be available for you to revisit as long as you live.

Read our blog to find out more about male portrait photography and why it’s worth a shot.

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What is portrait photography?

Portrait photography or portraiture is much more than simply taking your photo for posterity. It will capture your personality, using effective lighting, backdrops and poses to effectively tell your story.

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Why the discomfort?

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so it makes sense that their appreciation of portrait photography should differ. Women have more of a natural ease with the intimate experience of portraiture whereas the average man would rather distance himself from it, particularly if it’s with a stranger.

Furthermore, women are more comfortable and adept at focusing on their looks, even under the scrutiny of onlookers. This, on the other hand, is often foreign territory for men.

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Overcome the anxiety

When you’ve been in photography for decades, you learn many tips and tricks along the way. These  can then be applied to every photo session, making the entire process much easier, and more fun for both photographer and subject.

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  • Work with a professional

Working with a professional will help reduce any uneasiness you may feel in front of the camera. A professional will help find what works for you. They will also be happy to help you overcome your camera shyness and create a comfortable environment for your photography session.

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  • Wear your best outfit and bring your favourite props

Everyone has a favourite outfit and most likely a favourite colour that they love. A key to confidence in front of the camera is familiarity and comfort. Wearing your best outfit will help you feel at home and confident about your appearance, which will reflect in your portraits. Another great idea is to bring in items that reflect your personal interests and hobbies. These will add detail and storytelling to your imagery and allow you to reflect on this time in your life in years to come.

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  • Don’t go it alone

Bring a friend or partner to the shoot who can support you throughout the process as well as stand next to the photographer or even with you to put you at ease. Naturally, if it’s a portrait they will have to stand out of the shot, but it will help you relax and give you something else to focus on during the process.

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  • Snap, snap, snap

Practice makes perfect. Sometimes all it takes to overcome your anxiety is to spend more time in front of the camera. The added exposure will make you comfortable with having your picture taken and even discover a set of poses that put you at ease.

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  • Remember why you’re doing it

There’s a reason you’re there and it’s a good one. Photography allows you to capture a moment in time and create memories you can relive whenever you choose. You’ll never be as old or as young as you are at that very moment and there is no better way to cherish it than by getting it caught on camera. Focus on the great results you can get rather than the process.

We have countless years of experience telling our clients’ stories through photography, capturing them in timeless and elegant ways. If you have any questions about male portrait photography, we’d love to hear from you.

Thinking about having your own male portrait photography session? Contact us for a team of photographers with extensive experience creating stunning imagery. Viva Photography specialises in creative imagery and has won over 150 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards at both state and national level.

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