Rowena and Dan - Capturing natural portraits in the countryside

29th March 2015
In: News
Rowena and Dan received one of my vouchers from the estate agent Woodford and Co. They've just moved into a new home near Oundle and wanted some natural, relaxed and romantic photos of the two of them strolling through the countryside.

This is actually something I specialise in - creating images that infuse landscape photography and portrait photography. People feel much more relaxed in front of a camera when they're outside enjoying nature.

Rowena and Dan are two of the most laid back people I've ever photographed and there are only a couple of images where the chucklesome Rowena isn't laughing.

I'd already scouted the walk they wanted to go on so I knew exactly what we'd be doing where. For most sessions I already have the photographs created in my head before the day of the session. It's then up to me to encourage the natural expressions by creating an environment that helps people forget the camera is even there.
The two words they used when describing the kind of photographs they wanted were 'natural' and 'un-posed'. These are the two most common words I hear. Funnily enough most of these photographs are posed to some degree. Again, the secret is to put people in the location you want them, give them some rough guidelines on where to place their legs and hands and then allow them to interact while I stand back with a long lens. For example, the photos on the fence are rather posed, but don't look like it at all. Left to their own devices Rowena and Dan are highly unlikely to have gone over to the fence and positioned themselves like this. The magic formula is:

- A relaxing location
- Giving rough instructions without making people feel constricted or unnatural
- Helping people forget about the camera by standing back or keeping them amused.

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