It’s hard to get in front of the camera with someone you may not know. Some people may feel they don’t know what to do or how to pose and may get nervous or uncomfortable. Others may feel they do not know the photographer well enough to feel comfortable being themselves. Once the subject(s) feel comfortable in front of the camera we can capture images of genuine emotions and hopefully have a little fun along the way.
1. Pretend I’m not there.
Some of the best and most genuine photographs are of people looking away from the frame or interacting with other people/family members. Keep your body moving. When you hit a moment of gold, I will let you know and ask you to go back to that pose. Sometimes I’ll show you on myself or at the back of the camera to give you an idea of the perfect shots you were giving me. Have fun, and don’t take yourself too seriously!
2. Relax your hands.
Try not to think about where to place your hands. When they are relaxed, your body will also be. If you find yourself really struggling, place them in your pockets.
3. The closer you are, the better.
When I take pictures of people together, I often find myself asking them to scooch a bit closer together. What feels like being already too close to the person next to you can shoot very large in the camera.
4. Show your emotions.
The more you allow your natural emotions to show on camera, the better your pictures will look. Smile with your teeth, because you would never laugh with your lips together. True smiles show a toothy grin, not a tightly pressed smile. Emotions are even seen throughout your face on your eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, and foreheads. Relax your face as much as possible to allow freedom of movement in your face.
5. Act confident.
Confidence shows in pictures. Even if you don’t feel confident, act like you are on camera. The quality of your appearance in photos will greatly improve with confidence that you look good, and your photos will turn out great because of it. Don’t worry, if I see that your hair needs to be flicked away from your face or need to make small minor changes I will speak up to help you!
During a photo session, my responsibilities not only include taking photographs at your request but finding angles that flatter you, helping you pose in a natural way, finding the right light, and helping you feel your best. When you feel comfortable you photograph genuinely.
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I had so much fun writing this blog post because I truly believe
in creating intimate photos that represent you.