Nowadays, cell phones can take great photos, so people may want to have their friends take photos of them with their mobile telephones. But there’s a lot more than just snapping an image.
One of the major perks of hiring a photographer is that they know how to pose you. Sure, all the ladies can just have your hands on your hips for all your photos, but looking at picture after picture with hands on their hips can get a little redundant. But this pose does have it's place, especially with a little variation.
There's so many more options for posing and there's a flow that you can direct your models/clients through. Just have them do a couple things at a time and make sure to move your feet to capture different angles. Never stand in just one spot while taking photos, unless there's no where else for you to stand.
There's so many more options than just the "go to" hands on their hips. Why not have your subject play with their hair, dress/clothing, touch their face, hold their arm, have a hand in their pocket (especially for guys), the list goes on. And of course you don't need to have direct eye contact in all of your photos. Sometimes there is an added mystery when your subjects gaze is off camera. Here are a couple of examples I've picked out for you ...
And if you're photographing couples, have them hold hands, wrap their arms around each other, whisper funny little things in their ears to get each other giggling, and don't forget to zoom in or simply get closer to capture the more intimate moments or details of their bond.
And don't forget about kisses, especially if the duo is very affectionate towards each other. And tippy toes for the ladies, especially if their man is a taller (no one really wants to see the guy stooping down, it might look a little awkward).
I hope this little post has helped you think of other ways to create better photos.
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