In a recent photo session, we made stylized portraits for the clients. Energized, crazy-cool-sexy stuff was the goal. I went free-form with the lighting and propping and the portrait clients added the personality.
A portrait session like this is a progressive event for both the photographer and the subject. It is important to completely involve the client in the process. If I say, “Let’s try this out … it may or may not work, but let’s experiment”, then it becomes OK with the subject to be loose and take a chance – usually resulting in a spontaneousÂ look.