Sometimes I force Pat to do things he doesn’t wasn’t to do. Okay, I do it everyday but cut me some slack; he (usually) appreciates it after the fact. Case in point, I forced him to take some self timer shots yesterday because I wanted a couple new ones for our site.
He was enjoying his peaceful Sunday afternoon when I said, “Oh, oh, ohhhh the sun is out right this moment, let’s goooo! Self timer tiiiime”! It was quickly met with an eye roll or two and a response that he has nothing to wear. Ummm, fellas, do not say this to a girl because she WILL raid your closet and find something for you to wear. It doesn’t work as a legitimate excuse, only a challenge. A welcomed challenge I might add.
I setup the tripod in our backyard and was real jazzed to be doing this. I wanted some pictures that looked more like us. Lately in our shoots with couples, I’ve been trying to not just pose them but to make them look natural and have a sense of movement to them. So with the first photo below, I literally waited out of frame until the final 2 seconds remained and ran into Pat’s arms at the final click. What does this do? Gives us genuine smiles and reactions because we feel completely ridiculous. Yes, this took about 10 tries but we finally got 1 but that’s all we needed.
Posing people in a way that’s not posed whatsoever has finally given us the pictures we’ve been wanting but not getting with having people just standing there and looking pretty. Although I do still love those as well. I just personally die (Rachel Zoe style) over pictures where people are really smiling, laughing and looking like they belong together because they’re just so happy.
Of course, we still have to have the slam, bam, thank you ma’am type of poses as well. I’m all surrious in this shot…and Pat’s all, can I go back in and play Call of Duty? We’re actually in our backyard here. It’s never about the location and ALWAYS about the light, at least in our book.