Portrait Photography: How to Capture YOUR Strengths
More and more Fortune 500 companies and SMART companies are learning to focus on employees’ strengths — rather than their weaknesses. So it makes a TON of sense to capture your strengths in your portrait photography as well.
Because our society and media largely focus on what’s “wrong” with us, all too often our natural talents go untapped. Thankfully, companies are increasingly building very successful teams designed around team members’ strengths. Strengths are what make us UNIQUE, and they are different from skills, which can be learned.
What is a strength? According to the book StrengthsFiner 2.0 by Tom Rath, it’s “the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity,” and to build our strengths, we need to identify our top talents. As Rath wisely states, “You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of who you already are.” This is a key belief at Kelly Weaver Photography, and it’s what makes our company so successful because we literally and figuratively focus on the TRUTH of who you are.
(Resource Note: If you would like to learn about your unique strengths, you can take Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment test here. It costs $9.99.)
For example, if you excel at COMMUNICATION, we can adjust your pose so that you are leaning in toward the camera, which will help you appear attentive and an excellent listener.
If you are terrific at COMMANDING, you can look like you’re taking charge in your portrait photography by using certain power poses or adjusting your posture so that your body can articulate this strength.
If you consider yourself to be ARTISTIC or a creative PROBLEM-SOLVER, you can wear unique accessories or pose near interesting furnishing patterns that illustrate these strengths.
If you’re great at RELATING to people, you can show your caring side by wearing friendly, calming colors and using an inviting (rather than powerful or intimidating) background.
Everything from the colors, patterns, textures, to the accessories you choose can work toward communicating your strengths in portrait photography.
Before our portrait photography shoots, we take the time to GET TO KNOW our clients before we capture them in photos so that we understand their unique personal brand and strengths.
Click here to learn more about our portrait photography and how we can highlight your STRENGTHS!