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Be honest, how many photographers reading this are still saying, “Smile on three! One…two…three!” or “Everyone say cheese!”? While these phrases work wonders on getting your clients to stretch their lips into forming a smile…it isn’t one of those authentic, I’m loving life and being with my family or best friend on Earth right now type of smiles – you know what I mean?
It really is pretty simple to get your clients to smile naturally, so don't worry about overcoming an unattainable or hard to reach goal. All we have to do is open ourselves up and talk to them.
Now…I don’t mean becoming chatty Kathy here - there’s a big difference. If you are talking to your clients the entire time without taking enough pause to stand back and capture the beautiful moments and emotions unfolding in front of you, the majority of your images are going to be of their mouths open trying to answer your questions.
The point is to make a statement or ask a question with the intent to immediately capture their response. Their response is absolutely key!
Now get ready to have some fun (and laughs) because we have gathered all of our favorite questions and phrases to break the ice and create the smiles & joy your clients want you to capture!
These have been created to work with almost any type of session (except newborns of course because let’s face it they are little stinkers and smile when they want to)!
Getting families to interact is the key to getting fun and sweet images of them together. Here are some tried and true questions and phrases that are sure to bring out family love and togetherness:
Being in your teens can be a tough time, and even tougher for us older folks to feel like we can connect and interact with them. We’ve listed a few simple phrases and questions to help your teenage subjects open up and smile!
When you get back home after your session to review the images, you will definitely be able to see a big difference and feel more love radiating from your photos and GUESS WHAT!?
You’re client’s will LOVE IT TOO!
I mean, who wouldn't want to see their love and happiness radiating from every single image?
Wow that was super fun! We would love to hear about your experiences using these techniques to get your clients to smile naturally and if you have your own favorite phrase or question you use during your sessions please feel free to share it with us in the comments below! - And PLEASE SHARE this post using the social sharing buttons (We really appreciate it)!
I'm a momma of four who, like a lot of other moms, found my love of photography through photographing my own beautiful children. Since first picking up a camera over 9 years ago and having professionally photographed all sorts of subjects and venues, I have come to learn that I am most passionate in newborn and child photography and I am lucky enough to be able to specialize in this area!