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Awkward couple won my free shoot! tips please

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Post edited over 4 years ago by BonnyM87.
Jun 09, 2015 12:42 |  #1

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Jun 09, 2015 13:01 |  #2

Seems like a lot of worrying over very little; particularly when it's all based upon your assumptions after viewing FB images from a few years ago; the couple may be quite happy with the way they look in the FB images. Rather than stressing about something that may not be an issue, just make sure you'll be ready to give them some well composed, in focus and properly processed shots. If this contest is getting you the exposure you want then relax; you're getting what you want, and the winners will the photos that they want. If your concern is that these pictures may not be what you want for your FB page, then only post one to document the event and make sure you have lots of others ready to go.


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Jun 09, 2015 13:05 |  #3

Well Bonny, you've seen them & we haven't? You're supposed to be a creative person, so consider it a challenge & figure out how you're going to dig yourself out of this hole you put yourself in with the happy knowledge that if you can make them look great, you have become a Pro & should find it easier sliding from here on!
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Jun 09, 2015 13:23 |  #4

Four words "Good luck with that"

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Jun 09, 2015 14:48 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #5

Thanks man..:)

That's how im taking this into my stride! Challenges are there to help us grow..

Here's to knew knowledge ;)

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Jun 09, 2015 21:33 |  #6

Get them drunk. - buy a bottle of Prosecco and some nibble to celebrate their winning.
Get them to do silly stuff - like kids games to distract them.
If that doesn't work get drunk yourself.

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Jun 10, 2015 10:33 |  #7

lief fotografie wrote in post #17590318 (external link)
neither of them really smile, they have a strange type of...smirk?? while tucking their chins in terribly.

DO a youtube search for Peter Hurley's "It's All About the Jaw" video.

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Jun 10, 2015 11:55 |  #8

Unfortunately, every single shoot that you do won't be perfect and won't go according to plan. It will be pushing your skills to the max but it will also help you grow as well because this won't be the only time this instance comes into your realm. The plus side of this is that it's a free photo shoot instead of a paying client. It should take some stress out because if everything goes horribly wrong, I doubt it would, you don't have to go through the whole fight about refunds and what not. It a perfect learning experience for you.

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Jun 10, 2015 12:31 |  #9

People who aren't in the habit of smiling may nevertheless be able to laugh and look pretty good during a spontaneous laughing moment.

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Jun 10, 2015 16:02 |  #10

And not everyone wants pictures with smiles. I prefer pictures where I am not smiling.

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Jun 11, 2015 10:13 |  #11

I agree that you should consider it a challenge. Anybody can make a skinny, beautiful model look good. I pride myself that I can photograph normal everyday, overweight, not so pretty people and make them look the best they can. When those people say, "Wow, that's the best photo ever done of me", you can feel really good about the job you did.

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Jun 11, 2015 13:59 |  #12

lief fotografie wrote in post #17590318 (external link)
Hia guys,

My name is Bonny. I am a newbie (awwwwww) and recently hosted my first "HALLOOO WORD IM GIVING A FREE SHOOT AWAY!" comp to spread the word...

worked like a charm! We're precisely a week into the comp and over 2200 ppl has seen my post on Facebook. Even though I know ive got a looooong way to go, and lots more to learn, i reckon im a pretty descent photographer, self taught.


And im actually quite worried about this but.. the people who are farrrrr in the lead at the mo is 2 really really REALLY awkward people. Really really.

ive gone onto their facebook profiles and seen a shoot they did a couple of years back (wasnt a very good one but there was enough posing to sense the awkwardness..)

neither of them really smile, they have a strange type of...smirk?? while tucking their chins in terribly.

Im so scared I dont know how to handle them, and the shoot to get me into the WIDE WORLD ends up causing more damage :(

I would love to get tips and advise on how to handle this..

pretty please :)

i would see this as a challenge too, and as a good thing.

btw, fyi, your posts here are very searchable by google for obvious reasons. so, i hope your account name isn't the same as your business. otherwise it's easy for those folks to see this. it has happened before in other threads about similar subjects. (other people have asked similar things.)

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Jun 11, 2015 14:50 |  #13

Do not facebook stalk your clients, you have already found out what you don't like them doing, and that will make it that much harder to see who your couple are rather than what they look like.

Let them have fun.
It's not about you or your judgement, it's about them.
Be confident.
Try to read their energy, are they fun and out going or shy and retiring? Try to reflect that in your posing.
Let them get it wrong, they will either laugh at themselves, or look to each other for support, either one normally gives you a glimpse into who they are.
Let your self have fun.

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Jun 12, 2015 06:14 |  #14

Also check out Lindsey Adler's videos on photographing normal people i.e. those of us with large noses/double chins/excess weight. There are ways to make everyone look pretty decent.

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Jun 13, 2015 21:53 |  #15

You say they seem a bit strange?-?
I say have a blast :-D

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