14 Jul Tips! To capture the most natural moment

Sometimes, not everyone can express themselves in front of the lens; they will become stiff, unnatural. A good photo is to capture the moment between the lovers and the connection among them. Yet, a good photographer should expert in create the atmosphere, making the couples show their real smile. But, there is a question really important.

DSC_2555How to make them smile??

You could just ask them to smile. “Say cheese!” Photographers do it all the time. And (assuming they aren’t toddlers or teenagers) your subjects will probably comply.

But there’s a big difference between the fake smile they’ll plaster on their face for you, and a real, genuine, spontaneous smile – one that came about because they actually were happy, not because they were told to pretend.

I have a feeling that you’re the type of photographer who wants to go for that real smile. You’re awesome like that.

Now getting people to that place where they’re naturally smiling is an art, and one that takes a lot of energy, practice, and persistence. We’ve compiled 16 ways that we’ve personally used to successfully achieve the genuine smile.

Hopes of more happy photos in world! Hooray!

1. TELL THEM THEY LOOK AWESOME:

It should be one of the first things you say while shooting, and something you repeatedly say. It gives people more confidence during what can be a very nerve-wracking experience, and confident people are much more likely to smile.

2. SMILE YOURSELF:

By the end of a wedding day our cheeks would hurt from smiling the whole entire time. Not exaggerating. If you’re smiling, the people around you are more likely to smile! Get on it!

3. ASK THEM A HAPPY QUESTION:

“How did you two meet?” “What is your favorite food in the whole entire world?” A question designed to get them thinking about positive memories will put a lovely little smile on that face.

4. LOOK SERIOUS (NO SMILING ALLOWED):

It’s all about the delivery here. Explain to them (very seriously) to look at you, and that they absolutely are not allowed to smile and if they do we will have to start all over again. So now I need you to dig deep and pull it together here and give me you’re very best super serious face like you’ve never smiled in your whole entire life. Hey! Stop smiling!

5. EVERYONE LOOK AT EACH OTHER:

DSC_3420This one is great for groups (it doesn’t work so well with just two people). It has to be done as a quick command and it helps if you add “Go!” to the end so that they try to do it fast. As in “Now everyone look at each other, go!”

The reason it works is because it’s kind of vague. They aren’t really sure just who they’re supposed to look at it. And they’re trying to decide quickly so everyone ends up looking very intently at everyone else and their expressions make each other laugh.

Trust me. It works really well.

6. EVERYONE LOOK AT (BLANK):

Then follow it up by making everyone look at Dad, Mom, baby, sister, brother, etc. (This is where it’s completely essential to know everyone’s names!)

All of a sudden they’re all in on the game, and it’s hilarious to both see what they do when they look, and what the person in the centre of the attention does. This entire game makes for some really fantastic photos of everyone looking happily at each other. Magic.

7. KISS ON THE CHEEK:

DSC_8184This one is simple, sweet, and makes for soft little smiles. Use it often.

8. KISS ON THE NOSE:

You can be straightforward with this, and it will be cute. Or you can make it silly. “Now I want you to give her a kiss on the nose, but I want you to go very, very, very slow and make it the softest kiss in the history of the world.” Remember, making it a bit ridiculous makes it funny as they try to follow your impossible instructions.

 

9. ANGRY FACE! SAD FACE! SILLY FACE! HAPPY FACE!

I love this one for all ages. It helps people to start to loosen up, and realize they can act in ways outside of the norm. It also helps if you give them very specific instructions so they don’t have to think too hard.

So start with the clear ones (sad face, angry face, scared face), add in crazy face (now they’re into it, and more likely to be silly). Then finish up with happy face and you’ve got a great smile.

10. SQUISH CHEEKS (TIGHTER, TIGHTER!):

One of the keys of posing is to get heads close. It’s easy to compose for, and makes people look like a tight unit.

But, especially with kids, it’s not always easy to get them to comply. And some people just don’t get close enough. SO telling them to squish their cheeks together gets them close enough. Nice! But don’t stop there…

Tell them to keep squishing tighter. And tighter. And tighter!! Smiles are sure to follow. Make sure to wait for the moment right after they release the tight squish. Great smiles dwell there.

11. HAVE THEM MAKE EACH OTHER SMILE:

DSC_6537Feeling lazy? Then make them do the work!

Kidding, of course. This game is really great fun. Position one person in front of your camera, and the rest just behind your shoulder. Then have those behind you make the subject laugh. The hardest part is keeping your eyes forward, because things tend to get really silly behind you.

12. TOUCH NOSES TOGETHER (EVER SO GENTLY):

DSC_1339This one has a lot of potential. You can encourage them to touch noses (ever so very very gently). Cute shot. But then you can make it silly. “Now, please touch your nose to her cheek, Ear, Shoulder” Super fun for little kids.

13. WHISPER A SILLY SECRET:

20131107-10This puts people on the spot, and often they end up with a giggly whispered “I don’t know what to say!” Laughter ensues.

14. WALKING (LIKE IT’S THE MOST FUN YOU’VE EVER HAD):

Untitled-1Walking is an easy way to get people to loosen up, and can make for some great shots. But just asking someone to walk doesn’t usually get them excited.

Be ridiculous. Tell them to walk “Like it’s the most fun you’ve ever had in your entire life”. Just the direction alone makes people laugh. Then watching them try to comply is fantastic.

15. RUNNING (LIKE IT’S THE MOST FUN YOU’VE EVER HAD):

DSC_1113Same as above, but now stepping it ups a notch. Running is harder to shoot, but it is a lot more fun, so give it a go. (Bonus points if it’s down a hill)

16. THEY JUMP: RICKY20121022-352

Then it’s their turn. Get them to jump together. Count it down for them. Now, you can take the shot of the jump, and that can be fun. But really what you’re going for here, like with most of these directions, is the laughter and smiles after the jump. Stay sharp and keep shooting after they land!

17. SPIN EACH OTHER IN CIRCLES:

Hold hands and spin in circles. So simple and it makes for great shots. They’re looking at each other, working together, and doing something silly. The act itself makes for a cute shot, and then after, of course, they fall against each other and laugh.

18. TICKLE FIGHT:

This one is almost like cheating, but it works so well I don’t care (also I’m not ticklish so I don’t feel bad about it at all). Tickle fights usually devolve into a scrum on the floor, so know that your perfect posingwill usually unravel. But that’s ok. The laughs will be worth it.

19. PIGGY BACK RIDES: DSC_2772

When you ask kids to go for a piggy back ride they get a big grin and then launch themselves on their parents.

When you ask adults to do it they look at you like “Are you serious?”

Oh, adults. I’m always serious!

So he’ll pick her up, and they’ll laugh. Get them to squeeze their heads in close, and you’ll get great shots. Then, once she gets down say “Ok, now it’s his turn!”. They’ll laugh, and then, very often, they’ll actually switch it up and laugh themselves silly.

20. PICK EACH OTHER UP:

yao-143Same deal. He picks her up, gives her a little smooch, it’s all so cute and romantic. Then tell them to switch and it’s hilarious.

That’s some small tips for photographer to capture the true color of the couple. So pick some that seem fun to you, and try them out on your shoot!!