Here are some examples both past and present, of portraits I have shot. (See captions for details) I very much prefer a natural or action shot as opposed to a studio photography shoot, and love natural lighting and genuine smiles.
Little Audrey’s first Easter. _ Diffused natural light and a good relationship with the subject was key to this portrait
Melanie Eden feels awkward being the subject of photography so the trick here was to make it quick and keep her laughing. –Natural light from a window and home made reflector
Nathan was a surprisingly good model whose soul opened up through the depths of his gaze. – Studio lighting
Winnie and Maria were easy candidates for this shot, taken in natural light, I used Photoshop to darken and give a dramatic feel to the background so that the colour and joy of the subjects was contrasted and highlighted in the foreground
My Dad and his mate shot in diffused natural light, – never underestimate the power of a few beers to loosen your subject up!
Bo – my favourite foster dog in natural light on a cloudy day. This one was pure lucky timing.
Malee on Henley Beach in Adelaide, shows that sometimes the light does not have to be on your subjects features to make a great portrait. Sparkle effects (obviously) added in photoshop.
The late afternoon sun over the ocean helped to light up this little one’s happy face
Taken indoors under LED lights and edited later in photoshop, a wide aperture and shallow depth of field bring out little Binky’s adorable face
Another surprising model, Danny’s eyes shine in the strategically placed studio light
Photoshopped to bring out the baby blue in Danny’s eyes and balloon
The candid portrait always wins
Negative space and a monochromatic colour palette help to highlight the beautiful mood of Melanie as she sings
The girls of Sadhana at Bondi show of their wares as a gust of wind blows. Again, this candid shot was preferred over the posed set shots we took at the same time
Sometimes you just luck out. The one random shot I took of Paul chatting at the bar turned out to be a fascinating portrait that captured his purposeful nature
An example of beauty retouching using photoshop:
Here is a portrait I recently took of Teya which I have retouched for the purpose of example here. The first is the original unedited photograph, the second with all freckles and blemishes absent, the third, keeping her looking like her natural self with freckles intact, but skin smoothed, eyes and teeth brightened and lips plumped. These effects were achieved using a variety of techniques including the clone tool, dodge and burn, layer blends, the paintbrush/eyedropper tools and gaussian blur.
Full retouching – leaving her a bit bland for my liking
Giving her back some of her natural character and keeping it looking natural