What can be purer than nature and more natural than photography? What can be more charming than nature portrait photography? Photography is the universal vision that is created with the eyes. For some people, photography shows untold stories; for others, it expresses passion, art, and emotions. With just one picture, you can capture a moment that will last forever.

Once you find a passion for photography, you will pay more attention to the little details, and you will see more colors in this world. You will appreciate the views, the sun, the flowers, the buildings, the objects, and so on. And these things will add a light hue to your nature portrait photography.

Nature photography

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Starting with nature-portrait pictures will help you concentrate on the things that matter, and it will offer you a perspective of these elements of nature.

So, let’s begin with some classy tips.

Table of contents
1. Start with a story
2. Work with natural light
3. The ideal setups for nature portraits
4. Explore different locations
5. Be prepared
6. Techniques for nature portraits
7. Inspire from other nature portrait photographers
8. Photo editing

1. Start with a story

As I’m always saying, knowing your model will make your work easier. Take a walk with your model, get to know him, find a place where both of you are snuggly with it, and ask them things that make them feel relaxed. Creating a mood for your model is one of your duties. If you are not very comfortable with taking pictures of someone new, start with a friend or somebody from the family. Once you start with someone familiar, you will have more confidence in you and your shooting.

Maybe you are photographing a model or a friend, but you have to tell a story to give some depth to your photos. Create a tale before you start posing about the model being a part of nature. Which is the connection between the model and nature? Who is he/she? What is he/she doing there? This way, you will have an image gallery that tells a story through astonishing pictures. For nature portrait photography, you can imagine a young woman on a flower field, or a mysterious boy walking on streets with a journal and analyzing the buildings and so on. Let your imagination be one with the model.

Young woman walking on a flower field at sunset on background

2. Work with natural light

Natural light is a photographer’s best friend. Most of them prefer to take pictures under the warmth of the sun and play with the light. But when is the perfect light to take amazing shots? So many rumors about the pictures of the sunset and the famous golden hour. And to answer the question, the flawless light to take nature portraits is 2-3 hours before sunset and 1-2 hours after sunrise. This time the sun will compliment the skin of your model, and the pictures will capture a natural perspective.

Portrait of a young girl during golden hour

What if it’s a cloudy day? Well, don’t worry! This will give you pictures with soft light, a silver atmosphere, and a story to tell. Also, some shots in the rain will create the necessary vibrations for your images.

Young man with acoustic guitar sitting alone on a cloudy day

Every season has its qualities. You can use as background trees and flowers in the spring, the purity of sunlight and the blue sky in the summer, colored trees and leaves in the autumn and snowflakes in the winter. Besides, the light will be different in each season and try to understand it. Don’t forget to interact with nature and use its elements in your pictures. Nature’s details will give an outstanding perspective to your portraits.

3. The ideal setups for nature portraits

Let’s discuss the setups of the camera for ideal nature portraits. First, you have to know how to work with the exposure triangle. Shoot in continuous mode and open up the aperture as much as you can. Depending on the light, use the fast shutter speed to get clear images. And last but not least, use the ISO at its minimum. These three variables work together to give you impressive photos.

Camera on a suitcase with nature background

Once you start with the passion of photography, you have to choose the essential camera for your genre of photography. Most of the photographers are using Canon’s mark as being ideal for nature portrait photography. It has its best functionalities for this type of outdoor shooting.

4. Explore different locations

The way through becoming a professional photographer is to explore as many places as you can. Of course, the camera and the model are essential, but the background and the place matter just as much. Even if you choose to take pictures in the city or somewhere in nature, don’t limit yourself to one place. Get creative and investigate many places where you can take photos. Pay attention to the details and elements. These items will put the model in the spotlight.

Exploring locations

5. Be prepared

Another tip that can improve your nature portraits is preparing your model for this shooting. Depending on the place you have chosen, pick the right clothes, make-up, and hairstyle. These things should be in contrast with the colors of the shooting’s location. Combine these elements with the landscape.

Extra, you can bring objects to decorate the location but not something extravagant. You don’t want your pictures to look unnatural. If you take this shooting in the woods, take a wooden chair or a bench. Also, a mirror will ensure good reflections and incredible portraits.

Nature portrait and the reflection of the mirror

Some things can help you improve the portraits, but did you think of bringing a pet? Pictures with animals are so much fun, and people love them. Just imagine taking photos of a girl with a cape and her horse or a cowboy riding a horse through the woods. That is a story to tell!

Cowboy riding horse in forest

6. Techniques for nature portraits

Let’s get a little bit technical and discuss some concepts. Try focusing the camera on your model and make the background blurred. This technique is named bokeh. To achieve bokeh in an image, you have to use fast lenses and open the aperture as wide as you can. It will give you a perfect blurred background.

Close-up bokeh

More, you can let your model blur in the background and capture the nature in the foreground with her beauty. This will give you a different perspective to your nature portraits.

Nature portrait photography on a field with sunflowers

You’ve probably heard over and over about shooting in RAW. If you want to get more control in post-processing photos, that’s the way. Unlike JPEG, working with RAW will allow you to make adjustments to your pictures, and you will get the highest level of quality. If you want your camera to be as fine as your sight, shoot in RAW and record greater levels of brightness.

7. Inspire from other nature portrait photographers

One of the things that I like to give as advice is inspiring from other photographers’ images. As a beginner, all these techniques and tips can overwhelm you and not giving the vision you want. It’s not unpleasant to inspire from others; just don’t copy them. Take a look through other’s pictures, analyze the position of the model, the background, the scenery, and then create a different vision of how you should take nature portraits. With a little research and a little inspiration, all you will have to do it to experiment with new shots.

Inspiring from others

An inspiring nature portrait photographer is Nate Joaquin. He has creative perspectives and knows how to use the beauty of natural light. Take a look at his portfolio, and maybe he will be the inspiration you need.

8. Photo editing

With all these tips, as a photographer, you got your work done. You took the portraits you have imagined, used all the techniques, and worked with the natural light. All you have to do now is to post-process your pictures. I’m sure that you captured the most lovely photos, but there is always room for improvement.

Photo editing

Photo editing can be a fun part, as well. There are many photo editing programs, but most of the photographers are using Adobe Photoshop. Do you know how to edit images in Photoshop? Let’s sort it out.

Correct the exposure

There will be times when you won’t get the right exposure for your images. Maybe your pictures will be too bright or too dark, and you will need to make some adjustments. Moreover, I advise you to adjust the contrast, the range of dark to light tones. Typically, you will want a middle contrast that avoids high and low lights.

Color adjustments

Taking pictures outside, you will have the necessary light, but you have to make some adjustments to balance the brightness on your camera. Sometimes, if you use incorrect white balance, it can affect your color and add a dramatic perspective to your pictures. I advise you to change the vibrance, saturation, and contrast. Color Balance is the most straightforward tool that fixes your images and gives you more accurate colors. Or maybe you are thinking of colorizing black and white photos.

Color adjustments

Remove unwanted marks

First of all, make sure that your sensor is clean. You don’t want dust particles to show up in your images. But there are moments when you can’t avoid this. In Photoshop, some tools can fix this problem: Spot Healing Brush Tool, Healing Brush Tool, Patch Tool, and Clone Stamp. These tools can also remove a stain’s on the model clothes, dirty background, and different blemishes that can affect your image’s attractiveness.

Blurring filters

Even if you’re using the bokeh technique and your image is in perfect focus, sometimes your picture cannot be as blurry as you wanted. Photoshop’s blurring tools can help you to create a fascinating depth of field. Make small adjustments, and don’t exaggerate with this filter. You want your pictures to look natural, aren’t you?

Nature portrait with blurred background

What’s next?

After taking the pictures and making the right adjustments, it is time to create a portfolio and share your images. There are many ways to market your portrait photography business. Use WordPress, one of the best websites to create a portfolio and share your pictures. It has everything you need – many functionalities, themes, and plugins for your needs. It is a piece of cake and the perfect solution for becoming a successful freelance photographer.

What’s more?

If you want to make your work easier, install Modula, the most user-friendly WordPress Gallery plugin that can help you arrange your image galleries and make them look impressive.


How can Modula help you? To…

  • drag and resize your images
  • build your custom layouts
  • load your galleries quickly
  • sort galleries with filters
  • add videos from Youtube and Vimeo to your galleries
  • mix photos and video
  • add social media sharing icons and integrate them with Pinterest, Instagram and more

Install Modula plugin

The first step to install Modula is to go to Plugins > Add New and after that search Modula Image Gallery in the WordPress repository.

The WP Modula plugin

Once you finished installing Modula, you have to activate it. Create your first image gallery by clicking the blue button highlighted below.

Create your first gallery

Find the Modula item, then click Add New and create your first gallery image.

Next, you can upload your images to the WordPress gallery and give it a name. This will help you to make a difference between your galleries. After that, change the settings according to your preferences.

Name your gallery

Sometimes, it happens to lose between the settings and to forget to press Add to gallery. I bet you don’t want to lose all your uploaded images and start over.

Upload your images

One of the best functionalities of Modula plugin is that you can drag and drop your files. You can easily arrange them according to your category.

Customize your gallery

If you are happy with how you customized it, you can click Save gallery. Your shortcode and link will appear in the middle right of the page.

The gallery shortcode and link

After you followed all these steps, you only have to insert your gallery into the WordPress posts and pages. Copy the shortcode and paste it wherever you want to post your gallery.

More than that, another way to publish your galleries is to use Modula’s Gutenberg block.

Modula Gutenberg block

Type /modula or just click on the Modula icon and pick your gallery from the dropdown. It’s easier than you could think.

Customize your galleries!

Customize your gallery

Customizing your image gallery with Modula is the first step in becoming a professional photographer. It’s essential to know how to sell your work and how to attract people to see it. Modula has the best functionalities for improving your image gallery, and it is straightforward to use.

Final thoughts

Nature can be really helpful in capturing outstanding pictures. The sun will always be there to give you the light you need. Be creative, take as many shots as you can, and pose every corner of this world. It’s all about the quality and the quantity as well. Take as much time as you need to improve your photography skills.

Don’t forget to go with the flow! As a photographer, you should get creative with nature’s elements and be relaxed. Only this way will you be able to convey your vision to the world. Take your best shots and get started with Modula, the most amazing tool to organize your gallery. I bet you already visualize your first breathtaking image gallery, aren’t you?