27 Powerful Portrait Photography Composition Examples Incorporating Trees and Leaves


Today we are going to share a few portrait photography composition examples in nature that we thought were quite clever with their use of trees and leaves.

As you probably know, coming up with interesting ideas for a shoot can be quite difficult. For that reason we sometimes like to put together image collections that are designed to spark some creative ideas in your mind or for you to riff off. Of course, it’s best if you can add your own original twist to make your photo shoot successful.

This collection of portrait photography ideas with trees and leaves have a few common themes – namely that many of the subjects are heavily situated within the natural elements that the photographer could find and even sometimes behind them. In a lot of cases, you will hopefully realise that there are many cool photo ideas for portraits as close as your own backyard.

If you would like to really dig down into portrait photography, then there is no better way to do it than Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced portraiture that you can find here.

Girls in bush
Photo by Helena Lopes 
Girl behind branch
Photo by Vovan Gord
Warm girl
Photo by Nguyễn Lâm
Asian girl with fan
Photo by zhang kaiyv
Portrait of man
Photo by Matheus Bertelli
Smiling lady
Photo by Matheus Bertelli
Man with flowers in hair
Photo by Keith Lobo
Model in garden
Photo by Neemias Seara 

If you would like to explore more advanced approaches to composition in your own portrait photographs, then you should take a look at this guide by Kent DuFault.

Lady with flowers
Photo by Unviajesinmaleta
Girl behind leaf
Photo by Toni Ferreira Ph 
Red glasses girl
Photo by Bia Sousa
Nose ring girl in bush
Photo by Moises Besada 
Eyes through leaf
Photo by Noelle Otto
Bearded man behind leaf
Photo by Alan Cabello 
Man in field
Photo by Ana Arantes
Woman behind leaf
Photo by sergio souza
Woman with plant
Photo by Ali Pazani
Scout in bush
Woman in grass
Photo by Ike louie Natividad
Man in flowers
Photo by Dark Indigo 
Woman with branch
Photo by Irfan Ibrahim
Lady in flowers happy
Photo by Edu Carvalho
Man in branches
Photo by Edu Carvalho
Man’s head in bush
Photo by Marlon Schmeiski
Girl behind leaves
Photo by Daria Shevtsova
Girl between branches
Photo by Fernando Ramirez Poveda 
Man in plant
Photo by Azyan Syazwani Rozik

To dive even deeper with some advanced portrait photography composition ideas, then you might want to take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to the craft here.

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About Author

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
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Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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