"I don't want stiff, posed photos"
TBH, neither do I. I don't like being photographed with those "stand here just like *this* and smile" poses, so I won't do that to you. Ok, maybe that's a lie. Everybody wants that one, some might call it "classic," photo, so I always get that out of the way first thing. For some reason, it's always THAT picture that people want to put on their holiday cards or blow up super big and put in their house That's fine, to each their own.
But I think that's very unnatural.
The way we act in photos (stand and smile directly at the lens) is not the way we actually are. Even the smiles are fake. Like is that normally how you look at people when they're talking to you? 😬 It's stiff and just...not real life. What I like to capture in my sessions are moments, feelings, who you really are.
I want to capture genuine smiles, interactions between you and your love, laughs you share with your kids, kisses you share with your pup! Now THAT'S really you! So how do I do this? With prompts instead of poses.
"We're reeeally awkward in photos"
Oh, I got you! Giving prompts helps with the awkwardness, I promise. I give general directions and will fix any awkward arms or anything that doesn't translate well in photos. Once you're in the right position, I'll give you a prompt that will create a moment, to invoke an emotion/reaction. This allows your mind to focus on the memory I've asked you to recall and will produce a natural reaction. That's how you get real laughs, the sweetest kisses, and best facial expressions.
"Oh my gosh, we look like models!"
This is the most common reaction after a session with me. So be careful when you book. You might be considering a different career path once it's over 😉 Check out some of my favorite photos and prompts from this adorable family's session. Each prompt is listed below 😊
Hope you enjoyed these photos and their prompts! Photos should be fun and I'm here to show you how it's done. I absolutely love my clients and creating these memories for them. I seriously have the best job in the world.
P.S. Two tools I use for my sessions are the Unscripted App for posing and the online personal styling site Style & Select. Check them out! They've been two of the most helpful tools I've invested in for my business. Peep the outfit details below.
Mama's Dress: Baltic Born
Dad's Pants: Banana Republic
Older Son's Outfit: Old Navy
Baby Boy's Outfit: Old Navy