A smile can make or break your portrait. While shooting the person who is forcing a fake smile, it can be obvious in a lot of people who aren't used to "smiling for the camera" and ruin the shot, while a genuine natural smile can make your photo that much better. So how do you get your subject to give you a better, more natural smile?
To get a great smile from your subject, a great connection with the subject helps a lot. In some cases, you are not able to build a connection before the shoot. Not all of us are great at getting our subjects to smile naturally in front of the camera, so Mathieu Stern is sharing seven simple tips to get your subject to smile more naturally for a much better photo rather than having a fake, cheesy smile.
Speaking of cheesy, one of the tips is to not use the word cheese to smile. This is a bad habit for some of us, growing us I have always heard “say cheese” before taking a photo so it’s engraved in my mind as a way to get others which doesn’t work very well. Instead, have them say “money” instead. Sometimes during the shoot, your subjects could get nervous if they aren’t used to being in front of a camera, having them try different methods to relax is a great way to have a more natural smile. Check out the video for the complete list of tips.
What are some tips you use to get a more natural smile from your subject?