One of the most important elements of a strong portrait is genuine emotion! Encouraging genuine emotion from your subjects – especially people you don’t know well – isn’t as difficult as you might think. Check out our tips below for promoting real emotion in your portraits!

Bring Incredible Energy

If you’re not excited about photographing your subject – and freely showing that excitement – why would you expect your subject to relax and show genuine emotion in their portraits? If you want to capture beautiful images of your subject with heartfelt, natural smiles, you have to bring great energy to the session. Learn more in this video!

Compliment Like Crazy

One of the easiest ways to encourage a genuine smile from someone is to compliment them! Find things that you love about your subjects’ outfits, their hair, their eyes, their smile – and tell them in the most energetic, sincere way possible! Watch the video to learn more.

Ask About Favorites

You know how it is: someone asks you about your favorite people, or your favorite things, or your favorite experiences – and you can’t help but smile! And you can do the same thing with your subjects during the portrait sessions you photograph. Check out the video to learn more!

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