My thoughts on shooting people!

March 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I really like to do photo shoots involving people. The hardest thing to do is to get people to get out of the “oh I have to get my picture taken” mode. Some people just don’t like to be photographed. I am one of them. I really don’t like to shoot in a stuffy studio unless the session requires it. I have used a couple of techniques in the past to get people to loosen up.

One of my techniques I use is “blending in”. I use this anytime I am shooting families or couples. My goal is for them to feel natural and not even know I am there. While shooting weddings I have told the bride and groom to meet me outside and I have them sit down and talk. After a few minutes of this I start taking pictures. I have ended up getting some really great captures. No fake smiles, real emotion, real laughter and most importantly real people. Here are a couple examples from a wedding I shot recently. The first one is the bride and groom and the second is the bride and her father.

 

 

 

These pictures were setup but as real as they get. I also use this while shooting families. I like to meet at a park and just spend some time with them. I try to make it a fun event, like hog pile on dad!! Have fun! Once again I get real emotion! I try to do a fun event and then say everyone on the bench and take a somewhat serious photo. By mixing serious shots it doesn’t seem to be as boring to kids. Here are a few examples.

 

Another tip for shooting the young ones is scheduling very short sessions. Maybe 30-45 min maximum in length, this way you can keep them entertained. Also I try to schedule it around their nap time.

Next time I will get in to some technical aspects of shooting people.

That is all for today and remember I am not a writer.

If you have any topics that you would like discuss email me HERE

Also if you are interested in any of my work you can purchase it right here on the website. It will be mailed directly to your house or business.

 

Ben


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