Experimenting with my camera over the past several years has been one of my favorite hobbies. It's been fun seeing the transition in portrait trends from stuffy, formal poses to relaxed and authentic.
Just wanted to share a little hint that I discovered recently that has improved the personality of my portraits.
I love to get the full effect of a picture. Details are so important. In fact, I went through a phase where I wanted to take close-ups of everything! Macro was it. But lately I've veered from that to getting a good variety of perspectives... both zoomed in and far away.
So my new favorite trick when photographing a few people together is to take a good full shot including the background and then to tell my subjects to "get close!" I love how it switches the mood of the portrait to more of a personality shot.
So next time you're photographing your kiddos together or a bunch of friends, after you take the typical pose, tell everyone to get closer and snap another shot. Bet you'll get a new favorite!
Here are a few examples.
Give it a try! & be sure to post your photos in the gallery!