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Thank you for posting! Tips I've been using for many years.
We have been having Photo Booth Day at work to capture a large share of employees who do not have profile photos. We have had some success by averaging 3-5 portraits per week. Since time is always a challenge, I have made it my personal goal to get the best photos taken within the first ten frames or less. I do this by helping people feel comfortable, establish trust with me and the camera. After going through the tips that Hurley point out, It take a second to let the subject view the first frame. This makes the experience real, gives them a sense of control. Ultimately, the photographer is always in control. During our Photo Booth sessions, I also help my colleagues feel relaxed by briefly explaining what is going to happen, even a bit about the lighting. Connection is important for a successful photo session. Not only do people need to connect with the photographer but even more with the lens. This also produces a wonderful result.
At a photo sessions, I often hear, "I take an awful photo!" At the end of a photo session, its rewarding to turn a skeptic into believer!
Again, thanks for posting those wonderful reminders!
That is fantastic advice! Making a personal connection with people is so important.