dialogue while shooting the wedding party

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  1. Osmer_Toby

    Osmer_Toby TPF Noob!

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    what do you guys say to get them to smile, to interact with you, to give you true expression? i definitely don't like the "say cheese" thing, but i find myself at a loss for something better.

    how do you engage the subject(s)? esp. in large groups?
     
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    i read your question and i thought about it... and then i realized that i really don't have anything that "i say". usually they're joking around with each other and apart from lining everyone up, i just go with the flow. i try to pick very comfortable, natural poses, and since its a happy day, its rare that theres anyone who's really uncomfortable or not happy.

    with REALLY large groups... like 30 people and up... i basically get everyone to clump into a big group... the one thing that makes the laugh is that after i put them all where they need to be i yell out "hi... i'm the photographer" and they laugh. i'm never really sure why, but it works every time.

    for more intimate photos and portraits i tend to tell people that they look really good through the lens, or that they're a photogenic couple... but most of the time, (especially with the bride and groom) i show them how to sit or stand, and let them interact with each other... i have had many comments that people loved that style, since often, they forgot that i was there.
     
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    i like that style myself, but i find that people usually are rushed and it takes time to get them to relax and forget you are there. last wedding i did the bride was over an hour late, which really caused everyone to push for time- since they were already stressed, especially the bride, it was difficult to slow things down enough to get them to interact naturally.
     
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    your attitude does a lot to help people relax... if you make it seem like you have all the time in the world to take pictures, 9 times out of 10, they'll trust you. if you seem rushed, it will add to the "frazzlement."
     
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    My boss does a donald duck impression that gets the kids to smile, it works on the adults to, especially if they havent heard it before. :0). I dont see myself being able to do that though, id be to self conscious. If its the bride, you could just say something like "picture how nervous your fiancee is downstaiirs" or something like that. Also saying "pretend your having a good time" usually gets a smile. :0)
     
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    "Cheese" Quotes from another forum:
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    At engagement portrait sessions I always ask how they met, and that usually get's them smiling and talking about themselves, which works pretty good.

    Try to get them to talk about themselves. Most folks are pretty good at it and enjoy it. :wink:
     
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    Osmer_Toby TPF Noob!

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    awesome, thanks, dan.

    and thanks for all the res of your thoughts, guys-
     
  9. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You could always say "oh by the way, the payment you made the other day for my expenses was only the first down payment, not the full ballance", wait, thatll just put a smile on your face, hehe, jk.
     
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    And a chair ;)
     
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    The wedding photographer I work for relies heavily on the "cheesy" factor.....it gets the smiles though and it relaxes people.
     
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    One that works for me is "Come on people this isn't going on your drivers license".
     

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