Sometimes, small changes make the biggest difference. And today I want to give you a tip that you can use whether you’re a professional photographer, a hobbyist or just someone who wants to take take better iPhone pictures with the person you love! This tip will take your photos and elevate them!
When we’re posing two people in front of the camera, one of the most important things to us is making sure our subjects look comfortable and close.
“The Mom Shot”?
The “Mom Shot” is what I call when the photo is of two people looking and smiling into the camera. Mom’s love this photo and it’s usually the one they put in a frame or on the fridge.
So here’s a super simple posing tip that can make a world of a difference.
Touch or Tilt Their Heads Together Yup, it’s that simple!! Once their bodies are as close as the can be, we want their heads to be close, too. Most people instinctively do the opposite: they leave a lot of space between their heads. If you scroll through your iPhone right now or flip through a family photo album, you’ll probably find lots of examples where you (or others) left space between your heads.
The specific posing instruction I would say to my clients goes something like this: “Awesome, now bring your heads in slightly together!” or simply “Krystal, tilt your head closer into Evan!”
Left Image: Heads NOT Touching Here’s an example where Dayna and Taylor’s bodies are close, but their heads aren’t touching. It’s a nice portrait, but it’s not as warm as it could be.
Right Image: Heads Touching Here’s one where I instructed them to touch their heads together instead. See the difference? It’s small, but it’s huge!
We just love how much warmer this easy posing trick makes the final image feel! So, the next time you’re taking someone else’s picture — or someone is taking a picture of you — whether it’s a professional camera or an iPhone, use this quick posing trick to get an even more intimate image between two people who love each other.
Here are some more examples with different posing!
Even works for walking photos! (And yes, I go give variety in every session and love both of these walking shots, but in this post, I just want you to see the different that bringing the heads in close do it a photo.)
This even works when there are pups involved! 🙂
And this works for family photos too! See how the first photo of Dan and Charissa there are lots of space between the heads of them and their kids and then in the second photo when I brought them together how much for of a connection there is? Don’t get me wrong, the first one is fun to show the order of the kids, but again, I just wanted to show you the difference in connection in this post.
Ok, now that you have seen some examples, go out and try it and let me know if it worked for you and you could see the connection!! 🙂