(Closed) Pictures, poses, photogenic???

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Busy bee

I was referring to an engagement session.  The OP’s question was along that line.   The questions they asked wouldn’t apply to a photojournalistic approach to a wedding, and of course I agree in that situation, more shots are taken than needed to be sure everything is captured.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

@USER876: Engagement shots can be/are photo-journalistic as well.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@USER876: All of our engagement shots are in a photo-journalistic style. There was the look this way or that way. Put your arm around his neck, but really that was it.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You know, all my clients at some point have said, “Sorry, we’re not going to be as photogenic as all your other couples.”  Seriously!  Then next thing you know they’re spazing out about how amazing they look πŸ™‚ 

In the end, it kinda does depend on your photographer. A skilled and proficient photographer will give you images of yourself you’ll have a hard time believing. A younger, newer, or not as proficient photographer it depends…. In the end, you’ll probably still be a bit critical of yourself, it’s our human nature…. but EVERYONE else is going to be thinking YOU are the model client πŸ™‚

Post # 21
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Wannabee

I think the best secret is that 1) You need a professional photographer who can give you direction & it good at post processiong images and 2) A photographer that you feel comfortable with πŸ™‚

Make sure to chat with your photographer before you book a session make sure taht you like them, ask them about how they work, what are their hobbies and interests? Perdonal information about your photographer is what will make you at ease and relaxed.

I have had some tens up clients to whom as soon as I would show pictures of my boyfriend asnd tell them of our last vacation the client would relax, become more confident and happy. Even though I am a petite 23 year old girl some people still find me intimidating at first πŸ™‚ Even though I am not at all, too friendly and social for that :))

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think from my experience – as a bride and a photographers assistant the main thing is to be comfortable!  Comfortable with the photographer as well as yourselves.  Choose a photographer that you click with – not a weird stranger that you’re uncomfortable being yourself with – someone who “gets” you as a couple.  That is totally Key!  You have to be able to kiss your SO infront of this person – a lot!  so get used to it!

Also be comfortable with yourself and the surroundings.  If it’s engagement photos – wear comfy clothes that make you feel good and go somewhere that is familiar.  If you’re shy don’t go to the middle of a park.  Depending on your contract and the person you may be able to see the photos as they’re being taken to get a glimpse on the camera at how good you look!  this will boost your confidence.

A good photographer will work with you at first to see how you interact with each other then work off that.  They’ll have some poses that work great for most people and help you to look the right direction, where to stand, when to kiss etc.  Don’t forget to be happy (no hungry tummies, uncomfortable shoes, sad music in the background!)

Post # 23
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Busy bee

@USER876: All of our engagement shots are in a photo-journalistic style. There was the look this way or that way. Put your arm around his neck, but really that was it.

@USER876: Engagement shots can be/are photo-journalistic as well.


I am not disputing that an engagement shoot can be and typically are photojournalistic.  I am saying that there is no need for shotgun photgraphy for such a session if you know what you are doing.  Weddings are different since they are more an “event” and you want to be sure and capture everything, and if it’s missed, there is no turning back.

 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I still can’t believe how good our photographer made us look in both the e-pics and the wedding pics. First time in my life I didn’t cringe looking at my photos. I agree with KLP2010, a good photographer coaches you through the shoot as to the best angles and poses, and manages to catch all the flattering shots. Having said that…We got the full unedited CD of the wedding with about 2000 pictures. 2/3 of them I wouldn’t show to anyone πŸ™‚ I’m 35 and never realized until looking at those pics what a big nose I have and how horsy my smile can be. So they definitely take bad photos too, but as long as there are enough good ones you can just burn the rest πŸ™‚

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it totally depends on your photographer. A good photographer is going to make you look good because they know what theyre doing. Our photographer did give us some direction (kiss! stand over there..etc) but not much. Only one time throughout the day was he telling me chin up or to the left, but it was really just to help how my face looked in the picture. On your wedding day you are going to be photogenic because you have make up on, you are dressed in a gorgeous dress and you are constantly smiling! A natural smile can automatically make someone photogenic! Mrs Hot Wings post about triangles is also very true!

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