With last week’s topic of Portraits (link to that here), I thought the topic of connection would be a lovely follow up. So many times my clients are asking for candid moments. Most people do not want posed and stiff images of their family. I get that. I know I am most drawn to those candid images of love and life. When you think about your favorite wedding photograph or family photograph, heck even your childhood photographs… are they posed with forced grins or are they candid smiles and laughter?
Yes, we all love those candid images. So what does that have to do with this week’s topic? All of those favorite images are ones that a connection was made. It may have been happenstance but how then do you recreate that in your own daily photographs?
- Introduce yourself and set the intentions.
- Be genuine and listen. Don’t start off with the camera but rather your face.
- If a smile seems forced wait for the real thing. Kids and Adults eventually warm up and will connect with you behind the camera.
- Have fun & take breaks if needed. Its always a treasure to have them in their own setting and to catch their eyes unexpectedly.
- Read Week 10 // Portraits for more on portraits
Bribes don’t usually work
Kids are developing adults. They are super smart and aren’t interested in ingenue people. Children just know an authentic person. Their intuition is legit and their focus is all love and fun. So if kids love fun and love… go in that direction. Have fun, play a game… or let them show love. Its as easy as that. Personally, I don’t use bribery, but I do suggest a good reward for after family photo sessions. I like to get to know the kiddos infant of the camera and then take photographs.
Its all about communication
So again, being genuine is key. Build a relationship. Ask questions and listen. Connection takes work. Your subject will loose connection with you if you can’t give them time and attention. Photographing an adult is like speed dating. I know it is a crazy simile, but its a great comparison. Make conversation with your subject. Try to find common ground and connection with each other. Smiles and authentic eye contact should follow as they open their heart and mind to your connection.
WHAT IS THE #ESTERCOBE52?
#EsterCobe52 is a FREE photography challenge where we learn just a bit about how to take better photographs each week from these blog posts then share an image inspired by the topic of the week to social media with the hashtag #EsterCobe52 – want to see the previous #EsterCobe52 topics? Look below!
- EsterCobe 52 Week 1 :: Phoneography Tips & Tricks with Molly B of Ester Cobe Photography // The Photojournalistic Black + White Photograph
- EsterCobe52 Week 2 // Documenting Dad :: Tips and Tricks on how to capture dad with the kids by Molly B of Ester Cobe Photography
- EsterCobe52 Week 3 // Ideas, Tips and Tricks on Documenting Water
- EsterCobe52 Week 4 // Negative Space in Photography Tips and tricks
- EsterCobe52 Week 5 // Fourth of July!
- EsterCobe52 Week 6 // Document your days
- EsterCobe52 Week 7 // Framing
- EsterCobe52 Week 8 // Documenting Love
- EsterCobe52 Week 9 // Exposure Triangle
- EsterCobe52 Week 10 // Portraits
- EsterCobe52 Week 11 // Connection
- EsterCobe52 Week 12 // Back to School
- EsterCobe52 Week 13 // Macro Photography
- EsterCobe52 Week 14 // Home :: Capturing Life
- EsterCobe52 Week 15 // Composition
- EsterCobe52 Week 16 // Out and About
- EsterCobe52 Week 17 // Finding the Light
- EsterCobe52 week 18 // Autumn
- EsterCobe52 Week 19 // Perspective
- EsterCobe52 Week 19 // Details