Hubba hubba. Look at my hot wife! You made that skirt?!!” My cheeks were bright red as my husband cat called me in public. My number one cheerleader, in the most awesomely embarrasing of ways. He then proceeded to take snapshots of my handmade attire in rapid fashion, so that we could proceed with our evening fun.
He always did know how to make me laugh, and continues to teach me how to let my hair down in public. But he wasn’t always the best photographer.
When he first started taking photos of me, he would take 5 pictures and say, “are we done?”.
With time I have taught him how to frame a picture, to recognize good lighting, to ask what I am looking for in the photo, and more. He understands distracting backgrounds, the zoom button, and can move his feet for different angles. And yours can too.
Believe it or not, your husband wants to take good photos of you. We all want to look back at photographs when we are older, and be able to remember this moment in time. And you, the Mother and official family camera carrier, are a part of it. But capturing a great photo – for work or fun – needs to be taught.
How to teach your husband to take good project photos:
1. Prior to shooting, look through your own lense and get the frame you want. Show him this frame so he has a clear understanding of what you are looking for.
2. Take a few shots, tell him not to be afraid, but to just snap a bunch. After you have 10 or so pics, stop. Look at them with your husband and tell him which shots are working and not. If you need to switch locations, now is the time. If you DO move locations, repeat this step.
3. Snap more photos, tell him to zoom in on the details. You have to continue to move YOUR body (think like a model) while he is shooting. Once you have snapped photos for a couple of minutes, stop.
Look at the photos and determine if you have something that works.
4. Most importantly….Try not to let this process last longer than 10 minutes!
Unless you truly feel you did not get the shot you wanted – try to keep the session short and sweet. The worst thing you can do is turn the photography process into a ‘chore’. Which would make any future photoshoot a drag. Often times, all we need is that one good photo – and so long as you weren’t hugging a tree the entire time – you are probably good.
Understand that it takes time to learn, but with patience your husband will actually become a FANTASTIC photographer.
My husband now says things like, “now would be a good time to take photos, great cloud cover”, or “the sun is setting soon, did you want to take some photos?”. Furthermore, he now snaps great family vacation photos, and will literally take the camera out of my hand to ensure that I am in some family photos as well!
Your husband is NOT annoyed taking photos of you, like I used to think. He loves you, and wants to see the incredible woman he married captured on camera. So do not be shy, get in front of the camera, and let your husband see your awesome self in all its glory.
I would rather ask my husband then use a tripod, any day of the week.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…