GREAT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Portrait photography is quite intriguing. I always try to connect to people on a personal level instantly. If I’m shooting a headshot of say 10 people in a row, I go to them introduce myself and ask for their name. I remember names easily! That’s an asset because you impart to your subject that they matter individually, that you are happy to spend time (however little) with them, that you’re there to make that moment worthwhile. I often get asked: Why is it that a portrait I take is comfortably relatable? After all, hundreds of my headshots have been used on social media, websites, LinkedIn etc. over the past 5 years. I have a little theory of my own!
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW THEY ACTUALLY LOOK!
I suppose most people do not actually know how they look. They may look at themselves in the mirror everyday but not quite see who they are, what emotions they communicate facially or through body language. As a photographer on a portrait shoot, I am always so energetic. You can’t believe how that supercharge of spirit literally lifts up the whole experience to an unforgettable level. Of course, I have 2 secret weapons of choice!
For one, most people do not suspect that I, an innocent looking photographer, might be able to speak their language to varying degrees from fluency to the basics: Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Portuguese, French, Swedish Russian, Dutch, the list goes on! Second, my most effective trick is a bit or a lot of totally inappropriate verbal mischief in jest! Due to its complete unexpectedness, it quickly breaks the bold barrier hanging between my subjects and me. They crack a smile or just burst to laughter and I get my image: it’s that simple!
“Wow, I like that picture!” That’s when you know you have a hit and I have been there countless times. To view some of my work, click here!
My name is Mostafa and I Shoot People (for a small fee)!
DOES CAMERA EQUIPMENT MATTER?
Camera equipment! That elusive subject!
“Oh that’s such a nice photo. I bet your camera is great!”
I hear this occasionally (not much but still!) and I wonder how much people are ready to discount the person behind the practice. I have much conviction to my craft when it comes to its working and to hear such a statement can be a bit hard. I laugh it out and hand them my camera for them to try the shot they praised the camera for. In one wedding, a suspecting guest tried 13 consecutive shots in burst mode and NOT EVEN ONE was in focus! When he was trawling through the images, desperately for one image he could salvage, to his utter disappointment, his face turned red and he looked at his wife, “Nah, it’s actually much harder than what you might imagine. And the weight of this thing is huge!” Mind you, what he had at his disposal was my mighty Canon 1DX and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM.
SO, WHAT’S THE VERDICT ON CAMERA EQUIPMENT?
Now, while I stress the fact that the eye must be there for a beautiful image to be created in the mind, to be able to show it to you, I pride myself in using the best in class cameras and lenses to make sure that I can realize my vision of a photo in the best way possible. Like any other professional service, photography benefits from the best equipment available so as to make the enticing results customers are looking for! I would, therefore, say a photographer’s expertise and prowess should go hand-in-hand with the respective camera gear.
My name is Mostafa and I Shoot People (for a small fee)