Here are a couple of portraits we created last night during portrait class. I love both of these photos for different reasons. In the photo of Margo I broke the rules of composition, showing off the beautiful colors and tones of the willow tree in the background. Sometimes its tough to find good color in early spring, especially green.
Stan's portrait is a classic pose with a great smile. It has good framing (no cropping BTW) and composition. Leaving the right amount of headroom is imperative for a good portrait. I usually try to put their eyes on the top 1/3 line to help with my composition and use the rule of thirds. The other great thing about this image is the light. Surprisingly enough it was taken in almost full shade as the sun had fallen bind the tree line. There was still a little bit coming through which was diffused enough to allow me to create this great portrait. Someday I'll have to do a video series on tips for posing, I'm sure it will be a popular one.
Looking for a video on portraits? Watch my Portrait Session with Deena video.