When I’m hired as a photographer, my job is to capture people at their best, and at their most attractive. Sometimes it can take quite a while to put people at ease. And over the past few years, I’ve noticed that it takes longer than it used to.
I think it’s because a sense of comfort and happiness feels a lot less common for most of us these days. We’re constantly faced with worry, about our own lives and well-being, and worry on a larger scale as well.
It’s my opinion that a crucial part of being a good photographer, is empathy and connection with my clients. So whenever I can, I take some time to just talk to people before I even take out my camera.
Taking that time and making that connection, makes a really big difference, always.
Over the years, I’ve found that my favourite shots of people, are those taken in the completely unguarded moments of laughing.
Quite often, those are my client’s favourite shots as well. Because it shows the real them, being truly natural, happy and genuine. A real laugh is one of the most appealing and beautiful things a person can do. Not only in how it looks, but also in how it feels.
So the next time you find yourself in front of a camera, and you want to smile or laugh, absolutely you should. Don’t hold it in, just let yourself feel one of those lovely but rare moments of joy. You’ll look beautiful, I promise.
Tamea Burd is a professional photographer in Vancouver, BC.