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The Typical Portrait Tropes to Avoid

November 20, 2021

Portraits are one of the most popular types of photography. Whether you want to capture your child’s first day of school, senior year photos, maternity photos, or dress up with a loved one for Halloween, portrait photography is an affordable and accessible service. While portraits can be fun and provide great memories, they often follow cliches that tire viewers after looking at them for too long.

If you’re looking for professional help, XS Sharon Photography is your best choice. Whether creating a senior year photo or a boudoir photo, several common pitfalls can be avoided with careful planning. Here are some tips for avoiding these cliches when creating your next portrait:

1. Avoid posing against a wall (or any flat surface)

While most photographers would see a blank wall as an opportunity to practice their creativity, you should choose something else. A plain white background that blends into a photo is typically not the best option for a good portrait. Instead of using a plain background, try something with more texture and contrast. You can create equally interesting portraits without using any walls or flat surfaces at all! The key is to use your backdrops as props rather than as backgrounds.

2. Avoid posing with your hands in front of your face

For portrait photography, it’s common to put your hands in front of your face. But it’s also one of the biggest mistakes you can make if you want your portraits to be interesting and appealing. It makes you look like a criminal, thief, or someone who doesn’t want to be identified.

You want your pictures to represent you. You want to show off your style and personality so that others learn something about you by looking at those photos. However, if you pose with hands covering your face, how will anyone know what you look like?

3. Avoid the “staged” portrait

A staged portrait is one that has been heavily photoshopped to make the subject look perfect. The problem with these images is that they’re incredibly boring and don’t represent how real people look. There’s also an issue when you use them for marketing purposes (like in boudoir photoshoots or advertisement portraits) because it makes your company seem less relatable and trustworthy, which could, in turn, hurt sales in the long run. Portraits are powerful. Instead of a staged portrait, get a candid shot and keep it natural.

4. Don’t use props that don’t fit (i.e., don’t put a cowboy hat on an accountant!)

Using props can be a great way to make your portrait photos look more attractive. The problem is that they don’t always fit the mood of the shoot. It can be very tempting to use an exciting prop in your portrait, but if it doesn’t fit the style of the photo, it will look awkward and ruin the shot. For example, if you’re planning for a boudoir photoshoot, don’t put on a joker’s nose on your face.

We hope this blog has given you some ideas on creating your custom portrait that will stand out from the rest. If you want to learn more about our services or get a portrait or maternity photoshoot done, reach out to XS Sharon Photography. From boudoir photography in Langley to maternity photography in Surrey, we provide all sorts of photography services

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