As an event and portrait photographer, it takes someone who knows how to connect with their client to capture the perfect candid. It’s not always easy, but never impossible! With these simple rules, you can turn a drab posed photograph into something splendid and fun:
1) Get to Know Your Client: I typically talk to my clients months in advance. I like to get to know their style and exactly what they want to portray. What one client may want will be completely different from the next. Be sure to get every last detail of their expectations.
2) Make Them Feel Comfortable: A client’s comfort level is just about as important as a fully charged battery. Props are a great way to focus the attention off the client and allow them to let their guard down. Share stories with them, let them know how excited you are to shoot them and most importantly, reassure them that even models have a hard time in front of the camera. Nobody’s perfect.
3) Don’t Be Afraid to Let Loose: If your client knows you aren’t uptight or nervous, your emotions will transcend onto them. Tell a few jokes. If you are shooting more than one person, bring up questions that will stir a laugh or genuine smile. “Where did you two meet?” “What did you REALLY think of him when you first met?”
4) Don’t Be Afraid to Push the Limits: Everybody expects great photos – and why shouldn’t they? Push your creative limits with them. People love being involved – and when they know they’re helping make a successful shoot, their personalities will shine even more.
Here are a few candid photographs I have taken in the past. Thanks for reading, I hope this will help you–feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!