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Old 04-18-2009, 04:29 PM
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My friend recently asked me to do some portraits of her, her husband, and her dog that doesn't have much longer to live (He is 16). I've spend quite a bit of time looking for articles to help me since I've never taken a portrait in my life and I don't want to screw this up for her.

In my searching I found this wonderful website that takes you from the equipment you need, to the dos and don'ts, through post production. It was very helpful to me, so I figured it should be helpful to others.

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http://digital-photography-school.com/
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:15 AM
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If you've never made a portrait before, then no one should have high expectations. That should include your friend. Be sure to explain that to her and then there won't be unrealistic expectations. I am sure you will do the best you can and I am also confident it will be a portrait that everyone will be satisfied with. If not, try again.

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Old 04-19-2009, 12:28 AM
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Spend lots of time with them, and take endless shots. If the session is more about friends enjoying time together than getting perfect photos, the natural poses will take care of themselves. If you can do it without a flash, the session may be more relaxed.
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If you've never made a portrait before, then no one should have high expectations. That should include your friend. Be sure to explain that to her and then there won't be unrealistic expectations. I am sure you will do the best you can and I am also confident it will be a portrait that everyone will be satisfied with. If not, try again.

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Gee Sarah, I told you the VERY SAME thing.

Fred, GREAT minds think alike
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Oh, they know that this is my first time. I don't think they are expecting too much, more my expectations of myself. I have a bunch of ideas so I feel fairly confident in myself. I just need to get a handle on my my camera.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:36 AM
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Sarah, I 50% pose and 50% catch the moment. Always bring self-confidence to a shoot and list of poses if that would put you at ease. I am sure they are looking for photos with feeling and even though I don't know you (only by email) you seem like a great gal that is very artistic. If you want any mentoring before the shoot, feel free to let me know - or a list of locations

I am sorry about your friend and her family.
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