ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Unconventional Portraits Photography

Updated on March 28, 2015

Unconventional Portraits Photography

CC BY-SA 2.0
CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

Unconventional portraiture is portrait photography but from an unusual angle and with unusual perspectives. The subject is still the same as in portraits; people, but how they are posed and the medium in which their images are captured is very different.

The more unusual the pose the better it adheres to the theme. Pose subjects laying down, with you at ground level, from above, and from below the subject. Use props that are as unique as the pose or better if the props are antique looking.

Look for locations that offer out of the ordinary scenery such as lakes, mountains, snow covered forest, rock formations, rock staircases or pathways ,even old architectural structures such as those found in many churches. Old barns are quite suited for the theme also as are sandy locations such as the dessert or beaches.

Great props can be found at many antique stores and old weathered surfaces show up well in these shots. Consider using a digital editing software to render the background in monochrome and the main subject in color or vice verse.

Do some of the shots in low light such as dusk or dawn, during rainstorms, fog and so on. Take advantage of the location and use it to your advantage. Your techniques should adapt to the environment as it will not adapt to you.

The portraits can be done using many different settings and with many different mediums such as black and white, color, film, digital. In silhouette form, full body, half face. The beauty of unconventional portraiture is that any image that can be done of a person and can fit the theme.

There is no alternative if pursuing this theme but to be creative with your images.The use of unconventional make up is also very advisable. Draw designs on your subjects, use them as a canvas, use unconventional clothing and hair styles. Whatever seems to be out of the ordinary and doesn't seem to fit the scene or the subject.

Also suitable for the theme is to record images of body parts like the mouth, the hands, the chest and so on. For these scenes you should use appropriate jewelry props or body paint as the lack of them can render the images as simple nude portraits.

Make sure to include images of subjects in un-posed situations as if they were unaware of being photographed.

A good perspective with which to approach the theme is to view the images as if they were meant for decorative purposes or rather as pieces of art. You can also do images that appear as abstract art. So long as the images are recognizable as being that of people, the topic still applies.

Images that show people doing odd or strange things, images of people doing everyday functions such as smoking a cigarette, walking, driving, and relaxing are all acceptable types for this unconventional style of portraiture too.

Some of the best posing techniques for this style are glamour shots, but instead of posing the model in their entirety in very revealing poses, the emphasis should be on just parts of the face or parts of the body, in mostly shadows to reveal just enough but again props and different perspectives should be used so as not to make the images appear as other photographic techniques.

CC BY-ND 3.0
CC BY-ND 3.0 | Source

Once you have the images finalized and have critiqued them from a technical and aesthetic viewpoint, you should select the best ones and use them to submit to any of the many photographic editorials and to photo stock houses.

Fine art galleries are good places to showcase your work and this is usually for a percentage of the sale of each print.

You can also use this style to do conventional events especially photographing weddings. Brides are always longing for photographs that will stand out from the everyday posing techniques and make their special day be extraordinary.

Many more suggestions, tips and techniques!

Take advantage of the new technique and advertise yourself as such; an unconventional wedding photographer.

CC BY 3.0.Digitally edited to comply with TOS. You may see original by following link
CC BY 3.0.Digitally edited to comply with TOS. You may see original by following link | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Cat R: thank you

    • Cat R profile image

      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)