PROM: Three Tips for Great Pics
If you've got kids heading off to prom this year, it's time to get your camera ready! Charge the batteries! Clear the memory cards! Prepare your kids by letting them know photos ARE going to happen. And give the attendees time to mentally prepare. Prom is a fabulous rite of passage. Treat documenting the event as such with these helpful tips LAF Lines Photography.
1) Choose shade. If you're lucky enough to have a bright, beautiful sunny day for prom, your subjects might be better photographed in the shade. It might seem counterintuitive, however, the sun causes discomfort to those standing in it AND produces harsh shadows. Nothing shuts down the photo taking window faster than making your subjects feel uncomfortable before the first shutter has snapped.
2) Neutralize your background. Avoid lamp posts that might appear to be sprouting out of Davey-the-date's head. Be careful not to put Gloria-the-gorgeous in a situation where there is a window reflection of all the parents taking photos. Pay attention to what's going on behind the subjects. Try using a step ladder to change the angle. A little height goes a long way to clearing our the background clutter.
3) Try not to say "smile". Though also likely counterintuitive, allow your subjects to be themselves. Perhaps they're nervous or uncomfortable with all the attention. Maybe the bowtie is too tight, or the pantyhose are slipping down. (Does anyone even wear hose anymore?) When your subjects arrive in their photo spot, try not to descend upon them with commands of "look here" or "smile." They might need a minute to take it all in. Prom is a big deal, after all.
Have your attendee interact with the other kids who are in the group. Engage with them by asking them questions or making them laugh while having the camera on the ready. Snap candids. They'll appreciate the true expressions that tell the story of the day. Let me know how it goes!!
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