Tabitha Boydell’s magical fairy tale portraits fuse mysterious locations with sumptuous outfits to shape a mythical new world.
Tabitha’s 4-step guide to better creative portraits
– Are you going anywhere nice?
Chat to your model to make them feel more at ease. Sometimes I might be working with a model I’ve never met with before and making them feel more relaxed will lead to more natural photos. You don’t have to get too personal – asking about holidays is always a good one.
– Watch your colours
Think about your styling, even if you’re not shooting with experienced models. Make sure what your subject is wearing goes with the background or location. For family or child portraits, the shots will look a million times better if all the colours work together.
– Get hands on
Have a go at crafting your own props. I’m always making headdresses and embellishing things. There are lots of great tutorials online that will help you do this. I bought a glue gun, which changed my photography as it meant I could make all sorts of fancy headdresses and other fun props.
– Get peer reviewed
Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s opinions on your work. Constructive critique from your peers is worth its weight in gold, as they will be able to notice and point out what you can’t see yourself. Even if it’s just that stray hair you missed, or a crease in a dress, it will make all the difference to improving your images.
Tabitha Boydell is a fine art and fashion photographer and stylist based in the North West. She works part-time for a travel company while studying for a Masters degree in digital marketing communications. Tabitha lives with her husband, three cats and a huge collection of vintage ballgowns.
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