focal length: 50 mm (on full frame)
shutter speed: 1/80
aperture: f2.2
ISO: 200
flash: none

When we create a “portrait”, we usually aim to minimize focus on the foreground and background so the eye is drawn to the main subject. An easy way to achieve this is to use portrait orientation and fill the frame with your model. However, including the surroundings can add to the story behind the photo and allow the viewer to feel as though they were there when the shutter was released.

So, don’t be afraid to use landscape orientation for portraits, step back and set the stage.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit