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Three posing mistakes that prevent authentic expressions – and how to avoid them!

Three posing mistakes photographers make that prevent authentic expressions and how to avoid them.

Trying to learn how to take candid photos? You could be shooting yourself in the foot without even knowing it!

We sat down and took a look at the obstacles that can get in the way of authentic expressions. Here is a short list of the top mistakes photographers make that prevent authentic expressions, and how to avoid them! You’ll hopefully recognize a couple of these from our five ways to build rapport. We can’t stress enough just how important they are!

 

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Lack of positive feedback

DON’T be silent. Our brains compute NO feedback as negative feedback in disguise.
DO go out of your way to (genuinely) praise your couples, compliment them, and focus on the good.

DON’T give negative feedback to your couples under any circumstance.
DO Reframe any changes as tweaks / adjustments. “UNREAL! Now lets try this”

Low self-confidence / lack of preparation

DON’T half commit, hesitate, or question yourself or your prompts during a shoot. This will be instantly dissolve trust between you and the couple.
DO commit to your ideas and believe in yourself! It sounds cheesy, but its essential. When you bring confidence, your couples will reflect that confidence.

DON’T read the posing prompts for the first time at the shoot.
DO go over them ahead of time, practice saying them out loud / in your own words.
DO check out the reference images + study the framing.
DO feel free to take photos of the prompts to have for quick reference on your camera during the shoot!

Inadequate Rapport

DON’T go to deep, too fast. Your couples will close off if they feel self conscious or awkward.
DO get to know your couple. Be real, be open, be encouraging.

DON’T try to force or fabricate moments or emotions.
DO be vulnerable. Share about yourself. Build connections.

BONUS – Instruction Based vs Outcome Based

DON’T micromanage or give overly specific instructions
DO communicate the outcome / big idea, then allow your couples to respond and initiate in whatever way is comfortable + natural for them.

 

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