Thursday, July 10, 2014

The most important thing you can do to get good portraits is....

 The most important thing you can do to get good portraits is....have fun.

Have you ever walked by a photographer working with a family and they all look like their bored. Have you every know a photographer that just shoots and doesn't engage the person he is working with.
Let me tell you a secret. Make them laugh and they will love you. Make them laugh and you will get more business. People like seeing others laugh and smile. For a long time my work was dark and sad and moody. It's still moody but something I have noticed is that when I post a photo of someone laughing or smiling, even though the lighting isn't perfect or the pose, it's received better and gets more "likes".

Human nature tells us that we want to be around happy people. Even depressed people want to be around happy people. If you want get amazing portraits and make money at it you need to know what we as humans love. We love seeing happy, smiling, laughing people. It rubs off on us and we feel better. So next time you are out shooting be funny. Laugh your way right into the hearts of your clients..

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This is me! Brian Johnson
My philosophy on teaching might be different than others. I believe on the hands of approach. I travel the world teaching workshops and I run a photography school! I would love to hear from you if you have questions. You can email me at 

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