Sometimes as photographers we make our subjects look silly, and sometimes we make ourselves look silly.
For example, in the first photo you will notice it’s a behind the scenes view (which my wife captured). It looks like I am photographing the couple’s butts. I’m down on a knee and the couple is standing with their backs towards me.
What is really happening is that I am photographing the couple holding hands. Yes you can see their legs in the photograph, and even their surroundings a bit. But the main focal point of the photograph is their hands.
Because this was an engagement session I needed to get some creative photographs where the ring is visible, but not so posed that it looks unnatural.
The end result is the photograph below.
It was photographed with a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens, which meant I had to step back a pretty good distance to get the right framing.
I processed the photograph to bring out the colors of their outfits and also some sharpening on the hands.
So next time you think you look silly in a photograph, remember that the photographer might also look silly photographing you. That could bring on some natural smiles.
So who looks silly now?