While this image may not be the most flattering from a client point of view the picture is natural and reveals a great deal about the model. Perfectly capturing the troubled soul of Marilyn Monroe it is poignant and a good example of how 'candid photography' can reveal the essence of the sitter.
Making the session enjoyable is the key, if people feel relaxed confident and happy then you are more likely to get the desired look. Once this is all in place you will then have the chance to capture those intimate moments when your subject is relaxed, off guard and ready to show you their true essence. Often a slow shutter speed allowing some movement (blurring) will help you to create a less formal image but you will have to experiment and find what works for you.
Five steps to create a more natural look in your portraits.
- Know you subject.
- Let your subject know you. (These are the empathy steps)
- Act professionally but do not take yourself too seriously, the ultimate test is in the images.
- Make the session fun. For most people having their picture made is not something they enjoy so if you can play some music and keep the people around you to a minimum.
- Be ready! When all is in place there is a good chance that you will capture the look you are after.