Huge Mistake #5 – They hire a photographer who isn’t a “people person” – so he or she says something like “say cheese” when they want your family to smile. DISASTER!
When I create a family portrait, natural expressions are guaranteed – Over my career, I not only have ‘focused’ (no pun intended) on my photography skills, but I’ve also mastered ways of working with people to get the best and most natural expressions every time. Your photographer should have done the same.
We’ve all seen photographs where the subjects looked stiff and posed – and those photographs never look good. Why have a family photograph created if your family doesn’t look natural? There are a number of ways to insure that each of your family members look their best in the photographs. And, I’ll give you a hint: it never involves having any of your family members “say cheese.”
I’ve spent just as much time perfecting the “art” of human relationships and psychology as I have perfecting my photographic techniques. When all is said and done, the most important thing in your family portrait is – YOUR FAMILY. Their relationships – their expressions – their personalities.
If you’re at all like most of my clients, you don’t feel very comfortable in front of a camera. Believe me, I know how you feel. I’m a photographer, and yet I don’t even feel comfortable in front of a camera. That’s why I take the time to get to know all of your family members very well, so I can talk with them during the session, and have them enjoy the photography session – and look NATURAL.
No one EVER looks stiff or “posed” in my photographs. Or at least we work hard to avoid that. The one comment I get more than any other from my clients is: “We all look so natural, and so comfortable!” You’re trying to capture a priceless family memory here. To me, a family memory must lookREAL, not fake or over posed. Every photographer should think that way, but most of them don’t.