The idea behind photographing people is capturing their personality in an image. It’s time to get up close and personal with your subjects. You should get close enough to the point of interest (subject) so that they actually have an impact on the photograph. If your subject doesn’t seem to have meaning behind it, it could be from A.) Not being close enough or B.) Something is off with the background. In this post, I go into detail on perfecting your people photography skills!


Backgrounds ~ depends on your preference or what you want to achieve through the image


Plain Background: Ordinary, simple, & serious. Having your subject in front of a plain wall is best used to keep attention solely on the subject. No distractions in the background allows your subject to be the key focus

{best used for portraits}


Busy Background: Stimulating, fun, & abstract. People photography with a lot going on in the background creates an appealing interest to the eye. A disordered background often adds to a subject’s aesthetic and overall visual appeal of the image. However, note not to let subject get lost in the background

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-Don’t be shy!

-Catch subject by surprise

-Talk to person, make them laugh

-Check my post under Tips: Street Photography




The best tip I can give regarding candid phone photography is utilizing the burst setting on the IPhone (anything after the IPhone 5S has this option. On my IPhone 7, when you hold the capture button to take a picture (hold down for multiple seconds and don’t let go) you end up taking a series of images. For instance, I hold down the capture button for five seconds and end up with a series of twenty-five images. The longer you hold the capture button down = the more photos will appear in your series. To look through a series of burst images, look to the bottom of the screen when on the images and press select; here you can choose to keep or delete however many of the images you’d like.

*This is especially beneficial for taking candid shots of people. Since they are typically done doing an excessive amount of walking around, the likelihood of your subject being blurry is raised. However, by having a burst series of images there is a high chance of capturing multiple non-blurry shots. Not to mention, candid photography is all about catching your subject in the moment- this is a sure-fire way to do so as you catch a person’s actions literally second by second.



It’s essential to not to be shy around your subjects. The less awkward you are, the less awkward they will feel + more willing and open the subject is to having their picture taken = Better photographs




-Pay attention to hair/facial expression – depending on the way a person’s hair is placed (in front of their face/away from face) gives off two entirely different vibes. A person smiling is going to create a that “feel good” sense, as an individual who is serious will induce diverse emotional appeal

-Eye contact – it’s your preference whether you want subject looking directly at camera or away

-Shoot at person’s eye level to get a more intimate and relatable image

-Give your subject something to do – some sort of direction (running hand through hair, sitting down with hand over knee)

-Portrait style – center your subject in frame and get close, this gives maximum focus of them

-Use a prop – adds a little something extra…without making it obvious



~Putting it all together~





Quick tip – When photographing children crouch down on their level

-Allows for most accurate proportions of the subject

– Better interaction

-Get a sense of their world



Body parts: Capturing a person’s hands includes details such as jewelry which gives a unique insight of who they are and tells a story. You can capture feet in the same light, as a form of expression







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