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Mar 17, 2011 15:52 |  #1
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Say bunny,say funny, say money, cheese. I will choke myself until you smile! Is there one or two you use effectively? I would like to practice this part of photography. Also, using compliments? wether honest or not. Thanks for the help.


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Mar 17, 2011 15:54 |  #2

Kids tend to smile when you do.

Adults, I just tell them that they have to close their eyes and when I count down to one open them all together.

For whatever reason, that gets them going.

Above all, I've noticed that when I'm relaxed, they are, and when I see tense photographers the subjects tend to mirror that.


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Mar 17, 2011 15:58 |  #3

Every woman likes to hear "Your hair looks nice." It set the mood for going forward.


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Mar 17, 2011 16:28 |  #4
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Yea S.Horton, your attitude does show thru. I will practice with my own smile first. lol

Gator, I love your shirt! how's that. Thanks


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Mar 17, 2011 20:11 |  #5

If I want a smile, I simply ask for it.....I'll say, "Ok, flash me a smile". If it ends up looking like a fake cheesy smile, I'll make a joke of it and say something like "Oh geez, is that cheesy smile the best you've got?" That usually invokes a natural laugh/smile immediately afterwards that I'll be ready to capture. Usually works pretty well for me :) I've also used the "close your eyes and when I count to three, everyone open your eyes and give me a smile"....this usually works well for groups and also helps ensure everyone's eyes are open.




  
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Mar 17, 2011 20:42 |  #6

I tell them I will photoshop in an extra chin or some really big hips if they don't smile. Thats always gets a good laugh out of them. I make it all fun and games for the client. Young or old, everyone likes to be silly from time to time. I tell them the camea shows whats on the inside as well as the outside. It will show a fake smile for just that, fake!


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Mar 17, 2011 21:36 as a reply to  @ lookn4u's post |  #7

People smile when they're feeling good about themselves.


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Mar 17, 2011 22:20 |  #8

ask them to tickle each other


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Mar 17, 2011 22:21 |  #9

I say "work it honey" in a flamboyant voice and they die from laughter.


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Mar 17, 2011 22:24 |  #10
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Jra I really love that one, thanks. You made me smile lol


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Mar 17, 2011 22:28 |  #11
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NeoSoulPhoto wrote in post #12041603 (external link)
I say "work it honey" in a flamboyant voice and they die from laughter.


I can just imagine, that must sound really good and get a great smile.
Your link for Facebook wasn't working for me.


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Mar 18, 2011 13:31 |  #12

Crocodile101 wrote in post #12041640 (external link)
I can just imagine, that must sound really good and get a great smile.
Your link for Facebook wasn't working for me.

thanks. I fixed the link


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Mar 19, 2011 00:02 |  #13

I was doing Christmas pictures at my son's school last year. My wife has a panda bear hat w/ paws that hang down for her hands. Jokingly, I put it on my camera and the kids started cracking up. Well, it was a hit and it stayed on there the entire time. Everyone commented on how "cute" it was, so I guess it worked. If a kid was inattentive, I would put my hand in one of the paws and "growl" at them. That would lighten the mood. Here's a pic.

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Mar 19, 2011 00:18 |  #14

If it's a couples session, I have them whisper something in each other's ear! Then I tell them they have to tell me what they said! Sometimes they'll tell me & sometimes they won't but it almost always get's the best reactions! Like this one!

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Mar 19, 2011 12:40 |  #15

to crack a smile or more ... If it's an adult(s) I tell 'em to think of sex or something sexy ! Like your gf in lingerie .. Yes it does work or tell them say siht n sugar.... works too. Or if it's a kid tell'em the lion's gonna eat you for lunch .... works every time !

Other things I'll say. If it's a bloke ... think Jen Aniston, Halli Berry ect, or for a lady Jonny Depp/ B Pitt/

bottom line .. the power of suggestion. Lots of space here for you to get creative


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