In 27 years of photographing business professionals, seniors, and families, we have definitely picked up more than our fair share of weird tips and tricks. While there are way more than 6 of these... we thought we would share some of our most strange and useful photography tips on the blog today. Enjoy!
1. "CHIN DOWN".
Anyone who has had a photoshoot with us has heard us say this phrase multiple times. In fact, we say it so often that back when we had a chalkboard wall in our studio bathroom, one of our clients wrote it on the wall as an inside joke, hah! But here's why it's so important. We all want to make sure the photographer catches our best jawline. Instinctively, we lift our chin to avoid double chins, but that actually causes us to lean back in the photo and accidentally *add* chins! Nobody wants that. It’s imperative that we go slightly against what might feel natural for us in order to achieve a nice, pronounced jawline. Lean forward, keep your chin DOWN, and it can be equivalent to “minus 5 pounds."
2. Bring the chip-bag clip from your pantry!
Unless your clothing is tailored to perfection, almost every shirt or dress could use a little on-site tailoring. There's nothing worse than a beautiful piece of clothing that suddenly looks too big once we have you in the perfect pose. We can quickly and easily pinch up any loose fabric by using a chip clip to define your waistline, adjust any baggy sleeves, or hide various straps. Easy peasy!
3. In portraits, set your gaze just above the lens.
It’s normal for us to appear squinty in a photo if we stare too intently at the lens. Unless you're going for a super dramatic look, that's not really what anyone wants in a nice portrait. One of our tried and true tricks for this problem is to let your gaze fall just above the camera lens. It might feel a bit strange, but it actually helps your eyes appear more lively and bright, and you will still look like you're looking right into the camera! Best of both worlds!
4. Give it a GIGGLE. (Yes, even you, business professionals.)
Laughter is such great medicine for discomfort during photoshoots, but that's not the only thing it's good for. Actually, our most natural moments of happiness translate through to the lens immediately *after* a laugh, not during it. Who would have thought? Right as you finish laughing, your facial muscles begin to relax into an amazing natural expression with just the right amount of joy. So whether it's a fake laugh or a real one... getting yourself laughing will loosen your face right into your favorite portrait.
5. Wardrobe on wheels!
It's not a lot of fun to drag 5 outfits around a photoshoot location in the Arizona sun (no matter what month it is!). Pack up your rolling suitcase for an on-location shoot, especially if you're bringing multiple looks. We need to remain mobile on shoots and not waste time so that we can get you the best photos possible! Instead of carrying around your clothing over your arm and having to find a place to set everything down during each 15-minute segment, throw it in a suitcase and your worries are gone!
6. Parents, don't tell your kids to smile!
Parents, we totally get it. When things don't seem to be going well, we instinctively turn to things like bribing kids with ice cream after the shoot if they will just give us a nice smile. We totally see where you're coming from. The tough thing is that no kid wants to hear you nagging them, and your bribery can actually turn them against you once they realize that you've given them control over the whole shoot. If they think they can get more by withholding smiles, they usually will. Instead of trying to handle the situation yourself, pick the right photographer who specializes in children and has multiple tricks up their sleeves to pull the right expression out of your child (or any unwilling participants for that matter). Try your best to get rid of the chirping voices of multiple older siblings and adults trying to get expressions out of kids. It’s stressful and confusing for the kids, causing their eyes to go all over the place, which ruins the photographer’s efforts to really nail the photo. One entertainer is plenty, and you're paying them to do it, after all!
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