I think the most important people you must photograph are your loved ones.
Why photograph your loved ones?
Well, this is my idea:
1. When we photograph our loved ones, we are essentially affirming our love for them.
When we look at our loved ones, and feel a great sense of gratitude and love towards them, that is when we see a “photo opportunity” and we grab the camera and take a photo. And in photographing our loved ones, we are more cognizant of our present love for them.
2. Your loved ones (and yourself) will die.
By photographing our loved ones while they are still alive, we are more grateful to have them in our lives.
3. They are always accessible:
Sometimes we want to make photos but we aren’t sure what to photograph. My suggestion: photograph your loved ones as much as possible! Photograph your grandparents, your parents, your uncles and aunts, your nephews and nieces, your partner, or kids. Photograph your friends, colleagues, or work mates. And if you don’t have anyone else to photograph, you can always photograph yourself! #honorthyselfie
The three steps of photography
- You recognize a precious moment or person
- You make a photograph of it
- You share the photo with people you care about
How to make better photos of your loved ones
1. Talk to them while shooting them.
Get them to laugh, smile, and joke around. To make them relax, have them jump up and down a few times, and tell them bad jokes to make them crack up!
2. Photograph your loved ones against a simple background (grey, white, or black).
They will “pop out” of the background more. Study the work of Richard Avedon to see his masterful work with a simple white backdrop.
3. Photograph your loves ones while they’re living their life:
While they’re drinking their morning coffee, at work on their laptop, or when you’re eating dinner with them. Any moment and every moment is precious.
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