42/365 – ” What would you be doing if no one was watching?”
When taking portraits of friends, I always find that the best pictures come when people feel comfortable.
For those that don’t have a lot of experience being in front of camera, comfort can come from a genuine moment of laughter, a playful pose, or even a couple props to interact with.
In other words, the photos get better if you help them forget about the camera.
I feel like the same applies to everyday social interactions. When people forget what others are thinking, they can get out of their heads, into their bodies, and show up exactly how they are.
Of course, a good wing-person also helps increase comfort, but it’s unnecessary. After-all, it’s a lot easier to be ourselves than to be anyone else.