Prom night is the biggest night of the year for many high school students. It's their chance to get dressed up, have an 'adult' date, and hang out with friends all night!
As parents, and family members you want to remember this milestone and a few easy tips will help you take great prom night photos.
You don't have to make a big deal out of the pre-prom pictures, but it is nice to have a few tricks ready to make those "informal" prom shots fabulous!
Prom like most big events can be stressful. No matter how you try to hide it the camera pics up on small details and your mood will wash on to the happy teens. While taking, your pictures be sure to relax. Take a deep breath before you take your picture and let it flow naturally.
Find and or Create the best lighting.
Find a spot where the light is relatively bright but not directly in the light forcing someone to squint (a shady area outside can work well). If you are not using a flash, you do not want the sun at your back. This usually has the subjects darker than you would like.
Check your camera menu for a feature called something similar to "force flash", "flash always on", or "fill flash" to activate the flash even though the camera thinks there is enough light.
Tape a small piece of wax paper over the flash to diffuse it. This softer fill flash will create a natural effect.
Watch the Background!
Every photographer for Snapchat beginner to DSLR pro has probably heard this idea a lot but it's always true. Watch your background! No one looks good in a tux with a full garbage can behind them or a stop sign growing out of their head.
Pick a spot where there is a relatively "clean" background or at least one that fits in with the idea of prom. Look around your home and yard and to find the least distracting option. A few feet in front of a shrub wall makes for a non-distracting natural background.
Watch for Shadows
Shadows seen across faces at odd angles can turn a great photo into a ghastly affair. If you notice harsh shadows, move to a different location. This is usually due to the light source being directly behind the subject or the flash shooting at a bad angle on the subject’s face.
If you diffuse your flash as mentioned above, you can combat most of those shadows. Sometimes, it is even a simple matter of changing the angle of your subjects to minimize the shadow
Get "The Smile"
Nothing ruins a photo faster than a forced, fake smile. As the photographer, part of your "job" is to capture a genuine expression.
Instead of "say cheese", try something completely ridiculous like "say purple people eater" and watch. There will be a moment of complete confusion followed by a laugh. In the middle of all that expression will be a beautiful smile - be ready to click fast when it appears.
Get a Little Closer
Let the happy couple get close to each other in the photo. Cheeks touching or a hug adds a lot to a prom image. Think about the formal prom photos you've seen in the past and let the couple pose similarly.
Of course, some teens are shy in front of mom and dad or prom night may be a first date and they're uncomfortable. If that's the case, lighten the mood and get the kids laughing and snap pictures while they are interacting.
Once they've relaxed, ask them for "one last photo" and this usually produces a warm fun image.