Saturday, May 12, 2012

Laura & Rachel ~ Posing


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How often does a mother and daughter get to truly enjoy something they are passionate about  together? Especially if the daughter is a teenager! Rachel and I are blessed to have this opportunity. 

A few years ago Rachel bought her first DSLR camera and started taking friends and family on portrait sessions for practice, which soon grew into her own business Rachel Lauren Photography. I was her assistant {aka bag and lens carrier}. We had so much fun together I ended up picking up a camera an shooting with her. A year later I started my own business Laura Hernandez Photography. We are far from being pro, but learning more everyday.

Together our biggest hurdle was {and is} posing. Today we're here to show you how to avoid common posing mistakes. 

Family Mistakes: Heads on the same level in every shot
Avoid putting heads on the same level. Place subjects so their heads are uneven, creating a virtual triangle.


Kid Mistakes: 
Don't expect children {especially ones under 5}, to pose. 99.9% of the time it's not going to happen. You need to get involved. Get down on their level. Let them pick what they want to do. Normally that involves laughing, jumping and running. Those all lead to the perfect candid photos. 


Guy Mistakes:
Us as girls tend to find it easier to come up with girly feminine poses. I had no idea to with a guy. We always find that you'll get a more masculine post if the subject from a low angle, head tipped down just a bit, lets apart weather sitting or standing, and shoulders square the camera. 
 

Women Mistakes:
Don't shoot from a low angle. It's best to photography woman straight on or better yet, from above. Shooting from above, particularly for close ups, diminishes double chins, slims the face, and brings attention to the subjects eyes. 



Women Mistakes:
Never allow a women's arms to just hand at her sides. It's just not pretty. You can avoid them by having her slightly bend at the elbow and pull them away from the body but putting them on hips, holding an object, placing in front or back pockets, clasping behind back, resting against a wall, or putting arms overhead. 


Women Mistakes:
Avoid photographing woman with their shoulders straight on towards your camera. Shoulders are the widest part of the body. Instead, angle the shoulders slightly to help lead your viewers eyes into the shot and towards the face.


Family Mistakes:
Don't be to serious. Try a little bit of silly. You defiantly need to make sure their personally fits and you don't want to force a funny moment. Just feel them out and encourage them to have fun.


Family Mistakes:
Don't forget combinations. Besides the entire family get all the siblings, the mom and dad shot, the all girls laughing shot, the all girls serious shot, the all boys shot...


We hope these simple "fixes" can help you create photos you'll treasure. I also gain a lot of helpful photography tips and tricks from i Heart Face and Rock the Shot.   




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15 comments

  1. Awesome advice, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for having Rachel and I as guests today!

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  3. Fantastic tips. How fun that you and your daughter share this passion! :)

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  4. Totally in love with the photos! Family pictures can be some of the hardest, yet most rewarding for photographers! I try to remember to have fun! Thank you for the tips! I am going to remember those! Some I hadn't thought of myself!

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