Annabel Williams Portraiture Masterclass

The Subjects


working with people who aren’t used to being photographed, your

subjects can often feel a little awkward so it’s important to put them

at ease. While this Masterclass finds our readers photographing models

who are used to being photographed, the same principles apply to make

sure everyone is at ease.

photo by Annable Williams


of the first things that I do is visit my model and get them to lay out

a wide selection of their clothes,’ says Annabel. ‘Then I get them to

take me through their outfits and what piece of clothing goes with what.

It’s a great way of involving your model in a collaborative manner.


always get to know my clients before getting my camera out,’ says

Annabel. ‘Just sitting down and having a coffee with them can help to

put them at ease. However, as comfortable as they may be around you,

they may not necessarily feel comfortable being photographed. That’s a

great concern with many people who want to be portrait photographers –

their subjects don’t really know what they’re doing. That’s why I always

tell my models that I’m making it up as I go along. This is not a

million miles from the truth, though, as a portrait shoot should be

spontaneous. Don’t be afraid to wing it slightly and admit this – the

main thing is to make your model feel better about being photographed.’

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Camera Settings
  3. 3. The Subjects
  4. 4. Lighting and Composition
  5. 5. Location and Background
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Readers' Images
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