Saturday, September 01, 2007

09/01/07: Taking a break...

I was shooting a wedding today -- glorious weather, beautiful bride, handsome groom, fun and cooperative wedding party -- what more could anyone ask for? :)

The bride had a number of different places she wanted to go for pictures and we covered most of them. The reality is...whether you are a pro shooting a wedding or an amatuer out in the backyard trying to get your kids to line up for this year's Christmas card picture...you need to give your models / subjects a break from time to time or you'll end up with those tired "I don't want to have my picture taken" shots.

Are you still with me or are you wondering about the overwhelmingly obvious nature of today's tip? Here's the key...when you tell your subjects to take a break...that doesn't necessarily mean you should stop shooting! Sometimes a short break is what your subjects need to get back to their natural state (of not being so stiff with plastic smiles) -- this is a great time to get a few great candid images! :) Yes, you as the photographer need to take a break from time to time as well, but you'll likely get some very nice candid shots of your subjects when they aren't so conscious of having their picture taken. As Dori from "Finding Nemo" might say if she were a photographer..."just keep shooting."

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