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Fine Art Photography Friday – Amusement Park

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Amusement Park by San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographers Red Photo

It is Friday and that means Fine Art Photography Friday, the one day of the week that I post one of my fine art photographs and tell you the story behind it.  Many readers have given me positive feedback and they like seeing my fine art work each Friday.

Being a San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer I get to photograph many weddings each year, but I also work on fine art photography projects, like my amusement parts project.  I have been working on the amusement parks project now for over ten years and I have been to amusement parks all over the world.  You can see more images from this decade long project at http://redphotophotography.com/fine-art-friday-amusement-park-san-antonio-wedding-photographer-red-photo/, and http://redphotophotography.com/fine-art-photography-friday-iowa-san-antonio-wedding-photographer-red-photo/

The image above is from Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX.  I remember it was a very hot day, like it always is in the Dallas area during the summer.  The project was to link images back to older times by giving them a vintage look and feel.  I photographed the beginning of the project with toy cameras, like a Diana and a Holga.  These are cheap plastic cameras that take medium format film.  I eventually switched over to using a digital SLR camera and then post processing the images to make them look like the images that came from the toy cameras.  The project is all in black and white and the images are warm toned.  I began this project so long ago that the original images were actually black and white prints that I made in an old style chemical darkroom.  Film and the darkroom are long gone, but I still miss the process and the creative time.  I don’t miss the hours upon hours of time that I had to spend processing film.

Make sure to look back at the blog next Friday for another fine art piece.

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Street Cleaner by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Fine Art Photography Friday is here again and this week I have another fine art image from my series in Mexico.  As many of my readers know, I am a San Antonio based wedding photographer but I love both documentary photography and fine art photography.  Every chance that I get away from my wedding photography business I use to take either documentary photography or fine art photography images.  In fact, I combine both of these in my fine art documentary wedding photography images. That is one of the reasons why I decided to become a wedding photographer.

The image above is from my trip to Mexico where I spent time in the little town of San Cristobal de Las Casas and then spent a week living with a local family out in the jungles of Chiapas.  You can read more about this adventure in my post, “Fine Art Photography Friday – Mexico.”  I originally went to San Cristobal to take a documentary photography workshop with Craig “Cisco” Dietz.  Craig was a photographer and artist in Los Angeles who moved to San Cristobal about 20 years ago.  Craig runs a photography workshop called Aper Tours.  He is a great teacher and I highly recommend studying any type of photography with him.  His workshops at the time that I traveled to Mexico were small, with 3 people maximum.  The week that I was there I was the only one so I had a one-on-one experience and was able to stay with him and his wife in their house.  That week was more like hanging out with an old friend then a workshop.  Craig and I traveled around the countryside, we photographed some projects together, and then I was out on my own photographing most of the time.

I was shooting medium format black and white film using a pair of Mamiya 645 cameras.  There may seem like an odd choice for a documentary photographer, but they are pretty compact cameras and I wanted to have a larger negative to give me better quality prints.  I processed all of the black and white film while I was at Craig’s home/studio in his nice darkroom, and made some contact sheets and prints.  I liked going the nostalgic route of shooting film instead of digital.  It just seemed to fit the older lifestyle of the places that I was exploring.

For the image above I went out right around sunrise to roam the streets and to look for interesting subjects for images.  This is what is known as reportage style.  One of my favorite reportage photographers is Andre Kertesz.  You should definitely check out his work.  He has been a great influence on me and my photography.  As I was wandering the streets I noticed this beautiful old stucco wall.  The wall itself was interesting and I took several images of it, but I felt that the photographs were missing something.  That was a human element.  So following the lead of Henri Cartier-Bresson, I waited for something or someone interesting to come into my frame.  I just sat down on the curb across the street from the wall and waited.  After about 15 minutes I saw a man pushing a cleaning cart down the street who was heading into my frame.  I just waited until the precise moment and created the image above.  Patience will always pay off, so be patient.

 

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Paris Bench by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Once again Fine Art Photography Friday is upon us.  And this week it is Halloween.  I wish that I had a Halloween inspired fine art photograph to post but I do not have one.  Being a San Antonio wedding photographer using a Fine Art Documentary photography style, gives me an opportunity to utilize my love of fine art photography when I am working and photographing weddings, engagement portrait sessions, bridal portraits sessions, or any other type of photography.

Today’s image is another from my series of photographs from Paris.  This image was part of a series that I did when I was staying there for a month.  You can read more about my Paris trip and see more images in my posts, “Fine Art Photography Friday – Paris” and “Fine Art Photography Friday – Morocco.”  I wanted to create a fine art photography project based around Paris because I see it as the center of the Photography universe.  Many of the photographers who have inspired me over the years have lived and worked in Paris.  These include Sebastiao Salgado, an amazing documentary photographer, Andre Kertesz, a reportage photographer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, a documentary fine art photographer.  If you are not familiar with the works of these great Photography Masters I highly recommend that you search for their images.  One of the components that I am drawn to in all of there work is the use of shape, design, and light.  I am very interested in Beauty as it is expressed through design, shape, and form, and these have long been major components of my work.   I have long been interested in storytelling through images so that is why many of my photography heroes are documentary-based photographers who infuse a fine art mentality into their work.

The image of the man on the bench was taken at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. One of the things that I like to do is to challenge myself by going to areas that have been photographed excessively and then finding some new way of seeing the environment.  I have consistently done this all over the world.  This image also shows how a camera can be used to distort reality and to further convey the artist’s feelings and ideas.  The image was taken using a Tilt-Shift lens (Canon 24mm f/3.5L TSE) to create the blurry effect and the small area of focus.  The vignetting, dark area around the outside, was done in the camera by modifying a lens filter.  I could have created this effect in post production but I wanted to mimic the look of a cheap toy camera, like the Diana or Holga.  Since I started in photography by learning with film I am more comfortable getting the final image in the camera and not doing a great deal of post production.  I like the idea that I have to commit to the look and feel of an image when I am capturing it.  So mentally I do not want to rely on fixing or changing an image in post production.  I think that post production should be used as a finishing tool, not to rescue a poor image.

I will be posting more images from my Paris series in the future.

Gary Miller
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Photojournalism Wedding Photography by Red Photo

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Many people ask me about photojournalism wedding photography and how it is different from regular wedding photography.  Being a San Antonio wedding photographer, and working in a photojournalistic style, I am often a good person to explain this current wedding photography style to people.  Photojournalism is a style of photography that focuses on recording events as they happen in a very hands off manner.  A true photojournalist abides by a code of ethics that encourages them to produce real images of real situations without interference.  Photographers like to think of this as a hands-off approach.  You are not supposed to move people around, or pose them, or set up the image.  You can use artificial lighting, like a camera flash unit, but this is usually employed very minimally and only when it is absolutely necessary.

A good contrast to this would be traditional wedding photography which was more posed.  This occurred because back in the film days a photographer could not take the risk of taking so many uncontrolled images.  Clients demanded, and still do, images of guests, posed formal images, staged event images, and then a mixing in of the truly candid, hand-off, event images.  I have a few theories why this more documentary and editorial magazine style has become popular.  Digital technology has made it easier for people to enter the field of photography and the internet and other mass media are showing many commercial and magazine/editorial style photographs.  Another big reason why the photojournalism style has invaded the wedding world is because photojournalists have invaded the wedding world.  Digital technology has caused many newspapers and media organizations to stop producing print versions and go to online.  There have been many photojournalists who have been laid off over the past 10 years as the internet and digital technology has grown.  You can read one story here.  Many of them found photography work in the wedding field.

About 10 years ago the style of wedding photography began to change into a less staged one and into a more photojournalistic, or documentary style.  There are a few photographers out there that are using a 100% documentary photography style, but this is very difficult to pull off at a wedding, because clients still want some posed images, especially the formal portraits of the bridal party and family.  There are even photojournalism wedding photography organizations like the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA.)  They have very strict rules for the members and they have to be primarily photographing in a photojournalistic style.

I describe my wedding photography style as fine art documentary wedding photography.  Like most current wedding photographers there is a large amount of documentary, hands-off type of photographing that I perform at a wedding.  I have long loved documentary photography so this is a natural fit for me.  I then mix in some loosely posed formal images and maybe some portraits of the bride and groom if they request that.  Even when I am posing people I am very loose about it because I really want a natural look to my images.  I may tell some people to stand somewhere and to face a certain direction, but then I wait for them to relax into their most natural poses.  For me this has been the most effective way to photograph a wedding.

I have been a fine art photographer for about 15 years now and my work has appeared in over 100 group and individual shows all over the world.  I love fine art photography and I love documentary photography so that is why I combined the two in my unique fine art documentary wedding photography style.  You can see examples of my wedding photographs here and my portrait photographs here.  You can even see some of my fine art photographs here.

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Bridal Bouquet Photographs by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the honor to photograph many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions.  One of the key photographs for any wedding or bridal portrait is the bridal bouquet.  Brides take much time, effort, and energy in picking out the perfect bouquet that will complement their wedding.  Colors and flower types are key but they can also depend on the time of the year and the availability of those particular flowers.

The history of the bridal bouquet is an interesting one.  Brides have been carrying a bouquet since ancient times, but it did not start out as flowers.  Many time brides and grooms carried aromatic herbs, spices, or garlic to help to ward off evil spirits.  As far back as ancient Greece and Rome the brides would wear a garland that was meant to symbolize new life, hope, and fertility for the couple.  At this time the garlands were not yet made of flowers but instead they were comprised of herbs and spices or local vegetation.  The stronger the smell the better it was believed that the garland would ward off of evil spirits.  As is true with many other wedding traditions, the modern tradition of having flowers at a wedding and carrying a flower bouquet came from Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840.  The bouquet of flowers was carried by the bride and this bouquet included edible flowers like marigolds and dill weed which was eaten by the bride, the groom, and the wedding attendees during the reception.  The consuming of dill was thought to increase sexual desire.  I could see why you would want the bride and groom to consume this but I am not sure that I would want the wedding guests consuming this too.

It was also during Victorian times that flowers took on meanings and were seen as secret messages between lovers.  This is know as florigraphy, or the language of flowers.  At the time many beautiful flowers were given underserved meanings.  Today, brides choose their flowers based more on color and a fondness for the look and smell of the flowers, rather than their assigned meanings.

This is just one of the many fascinating wedding traditions.  I am really interested in these rituals and their origins, so look for future posts on that subject.  You can read about other wedding traditions in my post “Wedding Ceremony Photography” and “Wedding Cake Photography.”

 

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Morocco by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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It is Fine Art Photography Friday again and this San Antonio wedding photographer is ready to show you some more of my fine art photography.  Today’s image is from my trip to Marrakech, Morocco.  This was part of my 5 1/2 week  long trip to Paris, France and Africa.  You can read more about my Paris excursion in the Fine Art Photography Friday – Paris blog post.  While I was over in Paris I thought that it would be a great opportunity to visit Morocco.  Marrakech is only a 3 hour plane ride away and I had never been to North Africa before.  The city of Marrakech is an amazing place.  I stayed in the Old City where it seems that time stands still.  The Old City is still surrounded by walls and the people and life inside seem frozen in times.  It is a very exotic place and remains one of my favorite places in the world, and I have been all over the world.  There are so many interesting things to photograph, but it is challenging because you cannot just freely photograph people on the street.  Like many other cultures the Moroccans did not like to be photographed, for various reasons.  So you pretty much have to asked everyone if you can take their picture, and you have to ask in either French or Arabic.  Not everyone on the street knows french which was my language of choice during this entire trip.  Many days I was “shooting from the hip“, literally with my camera over my shoulders.  I would position myself sideways to my subject and them press the shutter button.  I was able to get some very unique and interesting results using this method.  Nowadays, with newer technology, I could actually use my smartphone to view through my camera and trigger it.  But many of the street vendors are onto the “photographing without looking” trick and some of them will stop you, but others did invite me to freely photograph them.

Wandering around the old city of Marrakech you can get lost easily in the maze of alleys and streets.  People warned me about getting lost but what they did not know was that I wanted to get lost as it gave me a change to explore all parts of this unique city in my favorite reportage style.  In this style you sort of wander around the streets looking for photographs.  This style is perfect when exploring ancient and visually wonderful places.  While I was there, which was in July, it was hot.  Did I mention that it was hot, really hot, like 110 degree hot.  And you are not supposed to expose your arms or legs in public so I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants whenever I was outside.

I stayed in a ryad/riad.  This is a traditional Moroccan house with an open courtyard in the middle.  There is usually beautiful tile work and a fountain in the middle of the open space.  One of the amazing things about these riads is that from the street the houses are all very plain, earthen walls, and doors, but inside is where the beauty of these houses shine.  The courtyard has a lovely cooling effect because of the long periods of shade and the updrafts that are created within the structure.  It reminds be a little of haciendas.  These interior spaces are an oasis from the streets.

The city is full of traditional vendors lining some streets.  There is no refrigeration at these vendors, and it was a little scary to see eggs and meat just sitting out in the hot day with plenty of flies around.  It was times like this that I am glad to be a vegetarian.

The image above was taken at the famous Djemaa El-Fna, a large square with hundreds of vendors at night.  During the day is a vast open space but at night it changes over into restaurant and vendor stalls.  I had the best vegetarian lentil soup there that I have even had.  It is amazing to watch the transformation that takes place every evening as hundreds of vendors set up and then take down their places of business before midnight.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When taking this photograph I was being very clandestine in my approach so that I would not be noticed by the vendors.  Part of my fine art documentary style of photography is that I do not like to interact with my subjects.  This gives me a more natural look.  This is the same approach that I use in my fine art documentary wedding photography.  I really love the color and the mysterious nature of the event and this is what it looked like standing there.  With the low light it was a challenge to create this image.  But I always like to challenge my photography skills and to produce work that I have never made before.

As a San Antonio wedding photographer this is the approach that I like to add into my work.  The more hands off I am with my images on the wedding day, the better I think that results are.  I will be posting more images from my adventures in Morocco in the future.  Stay tuned.

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Fine Art Photography Friday – China by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Beijing Street Photography by San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

Once again it is Friday and time for the Fine Art Friday photograph of the week.  I have been immersed in the business of being a wedding photographer in San Antonio all week, so I always look forward to Fridays when I can share another side of my work.  I never completely leave my fine art style behind as I always tell people that I am a fine art wedding photographer when they ask.  Today’s photograph is from a trip to China that I took a few years ago.  It was actually a Travel and Documentary Photography class that I taught at The Art Institute of Houston.   The class was an opportunity for 27 students from The Art Institutes around the country to travel to China for 2 weeks and learn Documentary Photography out in the real world.  The trip took us to Bejing, Xian, and Shanghai.  Although it was a lot of flying it was great to see these three ancient cities.  If you are going to sit on a plane for 17 hours you might as well get the most out of it,  We had a guide in China and many planned activities, but mixed into that the students and I had time to photograph in the streets of the three cities and some old neighborhoods.  We also had a chance to travel out to the countryside a few times to some very small villages.  Many of the people in these villages have probably never seen any foreigners before.  And even though we did not speak the language the people were always friendly.  They invited us into their homes, and offered us tea and food.  When you are wandering around in a small village you feel like an invader at first, but then the people there get used to you and that great connection happens.  You begin to realize that people are the same everywhere and a little patience and kindness goes a long way.

The image above is an example of street photography from Beijing.  I was so busy teaching the students all day and critiquing images at night that I did not get too many chances to photograph on my own.  So I would go out early in the mornings, just after sunrise, and walk around the streets photographing.  It is something that I had to do.  I really enjoy the Reportage style of photography in the spirit of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Andre Kertesz.  In Reportage style you literally walk around the streets looking for interesting things to photograph.  It takes time and patience, but for me it is like a scavenger hunt and you get excited when you find images.  I have always been very curious so that is why I have been attracted to documentary photography.  Not photographing all of these great scenes in an exotic, ancient land like China would drive me crazy.  There were several days that I did photograph alongside the students as part of demonstrations on how to approach people and slowly gain their trust.  This class trip was an amazing experience for me and all of my students.  I hope to do more of these in the future.

Gary Miller

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Wedding Cake Photography by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Wedding cake cutting by San Antonio wedding photographer Red Photo

Wedding cake photography is a necessity at any wedding.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the chance to photograph, and eat, many wedding cakes.  I always like the part of the wedding reception where the couple cuts the cake.  You can see the excitement of the newlyweds and also their childlike attraction to cake and the possibly of smashing it into each other’s face.  Watching all of this wedding cake cutting led me to wonder about the history of this wedding staple.

The idea of having a cake at a wedding goes back to ancient times and the Romans.  It was customary at the end of the wedding ceremony to break a sweetened cake made of wheat or barley over the bride’s head as a sign of good fortune.  The couple would then eat a few crumbs of this bread as a sign of  their new lives together.  The rest of the crumbs would be gathered up by the wedding party as tokens of good luck.  Eating some of these crumbs was to bring good fortune to those you did.  Going along with the theme of sweets being good for happy occasions, guests were provided with a mix of dried fruits and nuts during the wedding banquet.  This mixture was called confetto.  It also started to become customary to throw this sweet mixture over the bride and groom and other guests.  This evolved into the modern day practices of throwing rice, flowers, or confetti over the newly married couple.  When the Romans invaded Great Britain their customs were transferred over to the new lands.  When the Normans (French) invaded England in 1066 many of their wedding customers were further integrated into the wedding ceremony.

In the 17th century the sweet cakes developed into bride pies which were a savory mixture of meats, eggs, fruits, and nuts surrounded by a pie crust.  Every guest was expected to eat a piece of this pie.   To not do so was considered an insult.   A small ring was placed into the pie and the lady that found it was to be the next to be married.  This is the basis for the modern day bouquet toss.  These cakes were mostly fruit and nut based  and were seen as a sign of fertility and prosperity.  Our modern Christmas fruit cakes are like these cakes were.  At this time there were two cakes, one of the bride and one for the groom.  The grooms cake was normally darker and hardier.  Bride pie soon evolved into bride cake.

During Victorian times, the wedding cake began to always have white icing.  This was seen as a sign of purity and virginal attributes.  Queen Victoria’s wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 established many of the modern day wedding traditions, including the layered wedding cake, and the white wedding dress.  I will be writing more about the history of the wedding dress in another post.  Wedding cakes broke out their confines about 30 years ago.  Now you can see all types of shapes and colors of wedding cakes.  Some are elaborately decorated while some are very simple.  Modern cakes are mostly covered with a layer of fondant and then embellished with piped royal icing and flower appliques.   Enjoy the sweet photographs of the cake.

In the words of Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake.”

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Rodeo by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Well here it is again, another Fine Art Photography Friday.  The weeks just seem to by flying by.  I can’t believe that it is September already.  For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome.  I should tell you a little bit about me.   I am a San Antonio wedding photographer who specializes in documentary and photojournalism style fine art wedding photography. You can read more about my fine art wedding photography style here.  I prefer a very hands off approach when I am photographing weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portraits.  Once  a week I have promised to post some of my fine art photography work.

The image for today comes from a series that I made on the Texas Tech University Rodeo team.  I had photographed some rodeos in the past.  One that I really enjoyed was a small ranch rodeo in central California.  I will show and talk about those images in another post.  That was really my first experience photographing a rodeo as an event.  It was great because I contacted the organization that was holding the event and was granted full access for the weekend.  But rather then just photograph the rodeo as a regular event I decided that I wanted to show it in more of a fine art way.  I wanted to convey how the event felt so I incorporated a great deal of motion and blur into my images.  This is part of my nostalgic, romantic style of photography.  This style runs through all of my work including my fine art, documentary, and wedding photography.  It has many elements of Pictorialism.

For the image above I contacted the head of the Rodeo Team at Texas Tech and was given access to go and photograph a practice session.  Sometimes the practice sessions are better to photograph than the real events because you can get closer to the action and pretty much go anywhere, as long as it is safe.  For this image the team was practicing roping calves.  I was able to actually stand inside the pen where the action was taking place, as long as I stayed out of the way.  That was not too hard for me to do because when a couple of large horses are running around at a quick pace you are inclined to stay away from them.  There was loads of dirt and dust which made it challenging for my camera, but the debris in the air can make for some great smoke effects when the sun shines through it.  I have several more images from this series that I will post at a later date. Have a great Friday y’all.

 

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5 Wedding Portrait Photography Posing Tips from San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I am asked very often about portrait photography posing tips.  Photographing a wedding encompasses many types of images including both portraits, action photographs, event photographs, details, and others.  Within portrait photography you have the formal portraits and candid portraits.  There are also what I like to call casual formals, or unposed posed images. In both of these situations there is much less of a hands on approach.  This is in keeping with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach.   I will be talking more about these in an upcoming post. When I am taking formal portraits, bridal portraits, engagement portraits, or any other type of set up, controlled portrait photographs, I like to give my subjects these posing tips to help to get the best portrait photographs possible.

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1.  Face about 45 degrees to the camera.

People will look better in most situations when they are facing anywhere from 45 degrees to 90 degrees to the camera.  The camera flattens out a three dimensional world, so when you face straight on to the camera it is going to make everyone look heavier.  Turning away from the camera will be more flattering.

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2. Weight on your back foot.

Now that you are not facing straight on to the camera you should shift you weight slightly to your back leg.  This will give a more pleasing hip angle to both men and women.  I find that men can get away with facing straight on to the camera, but women will also look better and accentuate their curves more when they are angled to the camera with their weight on their back leg.

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3.  Keep your arms bent and away from your body.

You should always bend your arms and legs to give them a more relaxed look.  Even if your arm is extended it should be bent slightly.  You do not want to be putting your weight on an arm when you are leaning on something or using it for support.  Keeping your arms away from your body will again create a better line and be more flattering.

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4.  Tilt you head slightly.

It does not matter what direction, but you should tilt you head slightly to one side or the other.  Just make it slight and towards one shoulder or the other.  This will break up the horizontal eye line and give a more interesting and attractive look

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5.  Relax and be yourself.

Remember that this portrait photography session is supposed to be fun.  Keeping a fun attitude will show through in your portrait images with genuine smiles and a better connection to the viewer.  If you utilize the about basic posing tips you will not have to worry about looking your best.  Then you can relax and enjoy the process. There are so many things going on during your wedding day, so keeping these little portrait photography posing tips in mind will make your images really shine.  These tips can even be utilized by people when your are in a more photojournalistic wedding photography mode. You can find more posing tips in the article, “7 Posing Technique for Non-Models.”

Gary Miller
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