How do you pursue a Career in Portrait Photography?

I think Portrait Photography is a great Career option. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find information about What Portrait Photography actually is. Most pages on the internet just talk about How to get into Portrait Photography. I was Googling about a Career in Portrait Photography and was lucky to find:

Mandi Nelson's overview!

Mandi Nelson has 10 years of professional experience in Portrait Photography. Mandi Nelson has worked in Portrait Photography as Photographer in In Mandi Nelson's own words, this is how Mandi Nelson got into Portrait Photography: "For the last 10 years, I have been a professional director photographer and videographer. I find it such a delight to meet different people and to discover their depths, their joy, what makes them tick, and then to share that back in the physical to them. Photography in particular gives me the opportunity to mirror back to my subjects the luminosity, grace and beauty that I see."

Career Video on Portrait Photography

In a video, Mandi Nelson has talked about various aspects of a Career in Portrait Photography. Mandi Nelson started by explaining Portrait Photography as: "Portrait photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events." The video was an engaging disposition.

It is easy to Google information about what Qualifications are needed to enter Portrait Photography, this video went a step ahead to talk about the body of knowledge one needs to develop to excel at Portrait Photography. Mandi Nelson touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:

  • Technical Knowledge
  • Photography Research
  • Lighting
  • Colours
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Awareness

Mandi Nelson then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in Portrait Photography:

  • Observation
  • Physical & Mental Agility
  • People Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Workflow Management
  • Knowing your Equipment

Mandi Nelson believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in Portrait Photography:

  • Capture Beauty
  • Meet Lots of People
  • Share Your Perspective
  • Autonomy
  • Travel
  • Good Income
  • Creative Expression

And, Mandi Nelson believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in Portrait Photography:

  • Cost of Equipment
  • Internet Access
  • Social Challenges
  • Uncertainties
  • Financial Management

In the final section of the video Mandi Nelson talks about How a day goes in a Career in Portrait Photography. This video is by far the best video on a Career in Portrait Photography, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video:

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