If you’ve seen the movie “How To Train Your Dragon” then you’ve already got a head start.
Instagram husbands/wives, finances, boyfriends/girlfriends, dragons, whatever they may be, we all have them! And we all must use them to get the BEST INSTAGRAM SHOT. Ever argue with your significant other because they couldn’t read you mind? Yah, same…
So lets fix it! Before we get started here are a few things I learned…
First, Justin is not a professional photographer.
Second, he cannot read my mind/ know what look I’m going for.
Third, he doesn’t get what angels are or see anything wrong with my hair being out of place, my bra sticking out, or my makeup being smudged.
So, knowing all that I know now, here are some things Justin and I have worked on over the past months together and some photography tips to create photo content we are both proud of!
Tip 1: Communication is key.
Seriously, it is. Before we go out shooting I tell him the plan and we work it out together. We discuss the location, outfits I’ll be wearing or brining, and purpose of the shoot (what item of clothing I’m trying to display, or a product).
Tip 2: Frame the shot yourself.
I cannot see what Justin sees behind the camera and a lot of times I find that he is too far away or the shot isn’t framed as I envisioned it. So I will start behind the camera myself, frame my own shot and even have Justin stand in. I also will take some practice shots to check for lighting (another thing Justin does not care about). I then will stand in the exact spot hand Justin the camera and tell him “not to move!”
Tip 3: Communicate during the photos.
Ask questions – How’s my hair? Is my dress laying ok? How is it looking?” I found by keeping the communication open the entire time helps Justin know what I am looking out for.
Tip 4: Use Sport/Action Mode.
This was a game-changer for us. I found by having Justin shoot in a quick shot mode (where photos are being taken continuously) we able to get the “shot” quicker. I like to move and I like photos with life! This allowed me to move, Justin to have the shutter constantly going, and us getting the get result easier!
Tip 5: Check your photos before moving on the next location.
If you are shooting at a spot, check your photos before moving to the next location or going home. Nothing is worse than getting home and hating every photo you took for the past hour… So check them and if you need to reshoot any of them explain why!
Tip 6: THANK AND APPRECIATE YOUR BOO THANG.
No matter if it is your Momma or your dragon take time to appreciate them and thank them for helping you. Legit every photo you see on my page is taken by Justin (and rarely my Mom). I would have zero content without them and I am so thankful!
As the saying goes, “It takes a village to grow an Instagram.”