Guest Blog Post: 3 Tips For Capturing Unforgettable Family Moments by Wendy Dessler

 

You have been hired to take family photographs at an event. It could be a day at the beach or a family reunion. Whatever it is, the family wants to remember their lives at this particular moment in time.

 

If you are a new photographer, you may think the only way to accomplish this task is to get some killer backdrops from an industry leader like Denny Manufacturing and have the family stand up in front of it and say “cheese.” Backdrops and props are always a good idea as they add depth and creativity to the shot. But the mechanical smile and posed position of the family may not be what they are looking for. It certainly will not add to your portfolio.

 

It is important to talk with the family. Get an idea of how they live. Some families are very structured. They may live by a strict timeline and maintain control at all times. This is the family that would like the traditional family photo. Other families are all about having fun. They work hard, play hard, and have a great time just playing with their kids and pets. So how do you get a photo of this family?

Tip 1

Create a comfortable atmosphere.

 

When you are preparing to take your photos, tell them to just hang out for a few minutes while you get your equipment set up. During those moments they do not know you are taking photos. Some great shots often happen while they are laughing, interactions with each other, and just being themselves.

 

It is great to have the photos they didn’t know were being taken along with the photos they sat for. Even the family that is very structured loves seeing how they really look when they are just being them.

 

Tip 2

Make it fun and be creative

 

You can get all kinds of props that will make your photo better. Having the family sitting on an old park bench, on a log, or sitting and standing under a tree. Make it fun for the family. Have them each make sure their hands are showing. They can place a hand on the shoulder of the person next to them. They can place their hands on their laps, or everyone can point in odd directions.

 

Have them pair off and hug each other. Have them wave for the camera. Whatever they do, make it fun and you will see natural smiles on their faces.

Tip 3

Who is the family?

 

Many people have pets that are very much part of their family. Do the people have dogs, cats, or other animals that are part of the family? Get that member in some of the photos. It may be a challenge, but it is worth the effort.

 

Hang around taking random shots after the shoot is over. You may catch a kid petting his dog or a man throwing the ball for his dog to retrieve. You may see the cat curled up on mom’s lap as she sits in the shade. Again, you can get some great shots during the time that the family thinks you are preparing to leave.

 

The most important part of any photo shoot is to understand exactly who you are working for and what they expect. Then just make it fun and you will give them moments of their lives, frozen in time.

 

Guest Blog: How to Strike a Perfect Pose by Georgia Selih

How to Strike a Perfect Pose

The art of photography brings us magnificent works every day, whether we’re talking about magazine covers, commercial shooting for various brands, or a photo session for someone’s art exhibition. In order to make the photo truly unique and attractive, both photographers and models have to put in a lot of work and cooperate well, but there’s also a myriad of other factors that will affect the final result and make the photo amazing. From knowing how to work the camera to striking a perfect pose, having your photos taken is anything but a piece of cake.

Practice in front of the mirror

The best way to tell apart your good side from your bad side is to spend hours in front of the mirror. Learning how your body shapes will help you perfect the posture and look your best in front of the camera whether you’re posing for a professional photo shoot or just want an amazing photo for your Instagram profile. The more you inspect yourself in the mirror, the better you’ll be able to understand how the camera sees you. For example, if you get your foot too close to the camera, it’ll be the biggest part of your body in the picture. Also, watch your limbs and you’ll notice that you should always keep your limbs separated from your body if you don’t want your arms to look fat and squashed because they’re pressed too tight to your waist or torso.

Work on your body

Sometimes, photographers like to push the boundaries of art and instead of having professional models in front of the camera, they decide to trust their fellow artists with the job. Supermodels work hard and exercise two or even three times a day at their home gym to keep their body tight, so if you’d like to tone your body at home, try this exercise equipment and you’ll get that supermodel body in no time. The artists can become very dedicated to the job as well, almost as any other supermodel, which is why they often take weeks and even months to prepare for the job. Regular and strenuous workouts, a strict diet and a healthy lifestyle are just some of the prerequisites for staying in shape, and they will gladly sacrifice their previous lifestyle habits to prepare for the shoots.

Let the light compliment you

Knowing at which angle the light will represent your figure best is another crucial part of looking amazing on a photo. If your face should be in focus, then you need to keep it away from the shadows that your arm might create if you raise it to the light. That’s why you should know your key light and always work towards it, to get your good side out.

Stay confident

Even if you don’t perfect your poses and your posture isn’t the best, a good photographer will direct you in the right way letting you stand, sit or lay down in the most flattering way. However, if you lack confidence and you start showing how insecure you are, even the world’s greatest photographer won’t be able to make the photos look good. That’s why it’s important to remember that all the beauty comes from within you. Only if you feel good in your own skin will you spread positive vibes and look radiant both in the photos and behind the camera. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional model or a fellow artist who is willing to step in front of the camera for the first time, only if you feel confident enough will you be able to strike a perfect pose.

Final thoughts

Photography is a wonderful form of art that can capture some of the most beautiful, rare and even vulnerable moments of our lives. While spontaneous photos always turn out better than any practised photo shoot, you can still learn a few tricks to make it look like you weren’t even trying to look as good as you actually did, so make sure you brush up on your posing knowledge and you can walk side by side with any supermodel.