Conseguir que una persona se vea natural ante la cámara es bastante difícil. Lograr que dos personas se parezcan a ellos mismos mientras son capturados en una película es un juego de pelota completamente nuevo.
The chemistry has to be right.
They both have to be comfortable.
They need to be on the same page–are we looking at the camera or not, people?
But more often than not, the stars don’t align, and you’re left with either one or both subjects of the picture looking uncomfortable and stiff.
This can be troubling as a photographer, because a large chunk of what you do–whether you’re in it for fun or for business–involves more than one person.
Save the dates.
The list of photo opps that involve more than one human is lengthy.
Since that’s the case, you can’t just bring your eye for a good scene and quality lighting to the table–you have to get everyone in front of the camera as relaxed and natural looking as possible.
The subtle skill of getting everyone to loosen up will make the difference between a mediocre picture and one that gets passed around the internet. Let’s explore 4 ways to get your clients to look and feel normal the day of their couple’s shoot.
¿Necesitas un lugar para empezar? Ser sincero
If you show up to the photo shoot, whether it be at your studio or out in nature, the first thing that you should do is to create opportunities for candid shots. Unless these people are models by trade, a candid photo is a great way to start since it won’t require any posing or posturing.
Tell them to look at each other and have a conversation, talk about their day, or encourage them to tell each other some jokes. Laughter will always show the most genuine smile, so if you can get them laughing, you will probably get some magical moments.
Another great reason to start with some candid shots is to build confidence in the people you’re capturing. Once you collect a good amount of quality pictures, quickly show them the ones that look great.
The guy that was nervous and stiff when he walked in will see that he has a great smile and will be more ready to share it. The girl that was shy at first glance will see that she’s more photogenic than she’d imagined herself to be.
By capturing light moments in a realistic setting, you will get the best of the people you’re shooting and be able to show them that they have every right to feel confident on camera. It’s a win-win.
No hay poses de baile. ¡Ninguna!
There is nothing that looks more unnatural than the infamous prom pose. There’s no eye contact. There’s no connection. It’s just two people–who in reality have an amazing connection–facing away from each other, staring blankly at the camera.
Sure it’s a popular pose at school dances, but that’s only because the photographer at your prom had so many pictures to take that they had to come up with something to replicate easily.
They didn’t have time to pose and repose each young couple as they stepped up for their shot.
You do, though. Don’t cop out by staging people in this played out pose.
The longer you have them standing still, the better their chances are of stiffening up. If you get your subjects walking towards you or away from you as you take their picture, the probability of you capturing their natural posture skyrockets.
If they’re just walking and talking, they don’t have time to think about where their chin should be pointed or how they should stand straighter. The more you lean on natural forms of movement, the less likely it is that you’ll get shots of robots in human form.
If you want your clients to look natural, you might want to give nature a try. A studio can feel overwhelming for someone that isn’t used to getting their picture taken. All of the lights, props, and different angles that they have to worry about might get them stuck in their head instead of being present for the photo shoot.
However, if you take them outside–maybe to a beach, a wooded area, or a park–they will feel more at ease because it’s not as foreign to them. They can just be themselves in a place they’re familiar with rather than trying to find a perfect pose in a studio setting.
No importa si intenta una o todas las sugerencias enumeradas anteriormente, todas tienen el mismo tema: Asegúrese de que las personas del otro lado de la cámara estén cómodas. Cuanto más pueda prestar su sesión de fotos a cosas o lugares a los que están acostumbrados en su vida cotidiana, más relajados y naturales estarán ante la cámara. Dado que la mayoría de las personas a las que disparas no serán modelos, darles la oportunidad de llevar su personalidad a la sesión fotográfica es la mejor forma de obtener fotos increíbles y naturales.