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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Interaction between couple during shoot


What techniques are you guys using to get your couples to naturally interact with each other and be less camera aware without being cheesy?


Oct 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Tell them to just do their own thing and shoot from far.

Tell them to move around... walk, run, dance etc. When they move, they look less posed IMO.



Oct 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Interaction between couple during shoot


I tell them to naturally interact with each other and be less camera aware without being cheesy.


Oct 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Spending some time becoming their friend helps a lot. I add about 20-30 minutes of ice-breaker no-photo time at the beginning of each shoot where we just hang out and talk to really loosen everyone up. After initial small talk about themselves and their day-to-day lives, I steer the conversation in a direction that allows me to see what "type" of people I'm working with when it come to romance. This allows me to help them be themselves and capture the true "them", and not just some sense of some fake posed romantic couple. It's been a very successful strategy and gets me tons of compliments on capturing client's true essence. Yes, this equates to what those above have said. Get them to be themselves. What I do helps with bringing that out.


Oct 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Interaction between couple during shoot


I will pull the guy aside and tell him that I will give him a cue and then he can tickle her or give her a kiss on the neck or make dumb noises... etc.

Or else have then talk about the first date, weirdest date, how much they hate their inlaws... etc.
As long as they are laughing and having fun it is all good.



Oct 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Good stuff here. I usually will talk with them and joke around before and during the sessions but it seems like I can't quite get my clients to relax 100%. I feel like I get a 100% natural response when I am like crazy happy and fun with my clients, but it takes a LOT of energy to be on that "plain" of happy intensity, if that makes any sense at all.

I have also noticed that if there is a moment where they are standing there looking at the camera waiting for me to shoot or direct or do something, that I loose the natural expressions and things get worse.





Oct 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Interaction between couple during shoot


I talk about Justin Bieber.


Oct 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Start off with, "It's not your job to take a good photo. That's mine. That's why you hired me!" That usually sets people at ease. Also, laugh a lot. If they feel awkward, if you genuinely laugh with your couple, they'll laugh too. It breaks the ice.

Jose Villa told everyone at WPPI last year about his ice breaker. The first thing he does is ask his cooupe to stand, eyes closed, holding hands. With their eyes still closed, he tells them to lean in and kiss each other. They always keys eyes, cheeks, noses, necks, hair. It's funny, and has worked on many couples I've worked with this year.



Oct 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Spencer wrote:
I talk about Justin Bieber.

I actually believe this.



Oct 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Ian Ivey wrote:
Spencer wrote:

I actually believe this.


you're a belieber.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Interaction between couple during shoot


If talking about Bieber works for Spencer... I wonder what would happen if I wore my Bieber t-shirt.


Oct 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Interaction between couple during shoot


i am german, so about like this








Oct 10, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Kittyk wrote:
i am german, so about like this

http://fotografstuttgartblog.de/nowkiss.jpg





Oct 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Getting your photo taken is awkward. Acknowledge the awkwardness.


Oct 11, 2012 at 01:58 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Interaction between couple during shoot


all of the above works ... it kind of depends on the couple. We try a bunch of different things and can normally sort out what will work best in our meetings with them before the shoot. Some couples need food... some warmup time (like drinks), some need an activity, others need nothing and are naturally good at being together and could care less about the camera... it just depends.

Part of the job is being able to analyze and sort through the signals couples give you.



Oct 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Interaction between couple during shoot


I usually kiss the woman. Show him how it is done.


Oct 11, 2012 at 02:25 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Interaction between couple during shoot


All of this has been superb. I applied what I learned here in the shoot tonight. I will post the photos in a different thread.


Oct 11, 2012 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Robin Usagani wrote:
I usually kiss the woman. Show him how it is done.


Hahaha!



Oct 11, 2012 at 04:40 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Robin Usagani wrote:
I usually kiss the woman. Show him how it is done.


interesting approach. will try it next time.



Oct 11, 2012 at 07:35 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Interaction between couple during shoot


Kittyk wrote:
i am german, so about like this

http://fotografstuttgartblog.de/nowkiss.jpg


lol



Oct 11, 2012 at 07:43 AM
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