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12/17/18 6:17 P

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My cousin was hosting an exchange student and asked me to go along with them to the Detroit Institutes of Art, She was really beautiful and we took lots of pictures. As I sorted through the pictures a few things stood out which I wish I would have noticed.. She was wearing a necklace and was carrying her purse using the shoulder strap. Life lesson learned. when taking photos have the subjects put whatever they are holding down, remove visible things from their pockets such as papers or glasses, remove sunglasses propped up on the top of their head, the fewer distractions the better the picture
Perhaps one way to overcome being nervous is to think of what pose the subject would look their best. I sort of look at it as taking the million dollar picture

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6/26/14 12:28 A

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Here's a trick I learned when people ask me to "take their picture." First I use my camera to take their picture. They find it funny and get relaxed. (My wife, however, has heard it a million times and finds it very old.) I once came home from vacation with dozens of total strangers on my card.

Then I engage them i conversation. Where you from? Do you like (here)? What do you like best. When they pose, as often as not they don't stand particularly close. "Do you know each other? Are you friends? Good friends? Boyfriend and girlfriends!? So would lovers be out of the question? Then let's get closer. Dude, isn't she the most beautiful woman you ever saw?" He looks at her, she smiles and bang they have their best vacation photo.

But there is no posing. It's just a natural picture.


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6/9/14 9:20 A

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I don't know if I like working with kids. :( I haven't had the pleasure.

But thanks for the idea/suggestion. :)

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6/8/14 1:01 A

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Do you enjoy working with children? Sometimes they are the best, and the most honest with expressions etc. Wiggle worms at times though lol.

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6/7/14 5:49 P

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I'm entering my 3rd semester in September at College for Photography. I have to take a class called , "Professional Portraiture" .. and I'm nervous --- I am shy and I am not comfortable telling people how to pose.

Anyone out there in Shutterbug land - can share any pointers to make this newbie photographer more relaxed in telling people how to pose? :(

Thanks! :(

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