My thoughts on shooting people!
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.
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