I often get asked the question, “what should I do when a photographer comes up to me at an event and points their camera at me? Am I supposed to pose?” Excellent question! Read on for the SHOCKING answer.
If there’s a camera pointed at me, what should I do?
DON’T PANIC. The short answer is to ignore the photographer. That doesn’t mean you should run away screaming, “I must ignore youuuu!” It just means you should pretend like they’re not there and continue doing what you were doing. Talking to someone? Keep talking. Dancing? Keep dancing. Eating food? Make a disgusting face, because hopefully your photographer knows better than to take pictures of you stuffing yourself full of delectables. Photographers love to capture people candidly, just doing what they would normally be doing; these moments tell the story of the event.
Kick-ass candid shot – see how well they ignore the heck out of me?
When should I pose?
If a photographer says, “hey, can I get a picture of you guys?” that’s your cue to pose. They’ll let you know when they want you to look into their lens!
This photo doesn’t need a caption, but here’s one anyway: caption
When can I be silly?
If you make a crazy face instead of just smiling, the photographer will probably crack up and be delighted. If you never let them get a candid photo of you though, you will anger the photography Gods…so tread lightly, my friend.
This is actually me on the left with a groomsman. Note crazy duck-lips face.