57 Play Games with Your Couples
One way to make your subject feel comfortable or to have a little more fun during your shoot is to have them “play games.” Models are trained to pose perfectly, but most people are not, so photo sessions often begin to look awkward. Playing games will help get their minds off their nerves and pose. The Kiss Game is one example: When you tell the couple “Kiss!” he must grab her waist and try his hardest to kiss her while she must try her hardest to keep him from kissing her. This is always super fun for the couple and gets them easily interacting with each other in a way that doesn’t look too staged or awkward (Figure 4.4). The game also gets them laughing and shows a bit of their personalities. With this one game you get silly shots, laughing shots, and the perfect kiss shot.
FIGURE 4.4 Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.4, 1/4000 sec., Aperture-Priority mode at –2/3, ISO 125.