So you want to take indoor photos

Indoor photos are very simple, and pretty much similar to the outdoors in terms of rule, but when you are working an event and are taking more candid shots than posed, here are a few rules to guide you through an indoor event. I just photographed Jacqui’s bridal shower, so I am going to use a few of my favorites for examples.

Lighting
I can never stress this enough: make sure you have a decent light source. Flash is 100% acceptable if you like, but the problem there lies in washed out guests, and no one wanst to look like they haven’t seen the sun in over 100 years. Find a good source of light for posed shots, and work with what you have for the rest. I know this is going to go over some people’s head, especially since I am talking photography, and I tend to ramble using ‘photog jargon,’ but I am going to do my best here. If you use a flash, make sure you bounce it! That means either getting a diffuser for your flash, make your own, or learn to bounce your flash off the ceiling/walls so that the light caresses the faces of the people, and doesn’t end up blinding everyone in the process.

Excellent Light use, if I do say so myself!

Excellent light use, if I do say so myself!

Smiles
There are so many people who do not smile for pictures, and can I just say as a photographer it kind of sucks when the only photos you get of people are either closed-lipped smiles (which can really look like a grimace of pain), or no expression at all. It is best not to focus on them, but capture what you can of them when they’re as close to smiling as they’re going to get.

Toni always gives good smile.

Toni always gives good smile.

Posed
As always with posed shots, it can look boring, and people can also look crazy in them. Best thing to do is be comfortable taking the photos and they will be more comfortable getting the photos taken of them.

No cardboard cut outs here! The happy couple!

No cardboard cut outs here! The happy couple!

Candid
People can make amazing faces when you are watching them. Beautiful expressions and happy light-up-their-face smiles may only happen once in a while but catching them is always a blessing. Sometimes you can miss those moments and get the funny faces as well. Best thing to do for that person, who looks like they are trying to eject something from their nose using their mind, is to not have taken it at all. I call it the photographers code. Sort of a “Thou shall not post pictures of people if they look utterly ridiculous.”

At the end of the day, I caught this one of JQ. She is so beautiful!

At the end of the day, I caught this one of Jacqui. She is so beautiful!

Overall, for indoor photography just remember to focus on the light and that flashes can be tricky at times. Just smile, have fun, and watch for the moment.

~ Andreah

When the weather outside is frightful

There is nothing better on a snowy day than to cuddle up to loved ones on the couch and kick back to an old favourite, and it is especially sweet when it is close to Christmas. I love Christmas movies and I feel like it is seriously a problem.

I started buying VHS tapes of Christmas movies in the summer this year – they were a bargain at 3 for $1 – but I feel like I could almost need an intervention.

In the meantime, however, here are my top favourite Christmas movies!

1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
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Let me just say I always cry when Tiny Tim’s crutch is in the corner, and the Cratchets (Miss Piggy and Kermit) are trying to stay strong for the kids…I need a tissue just thinking about it!

2. Love Actually
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This is a bit of a comfort movie, because I usually just watch it around Christmas time. There are some good scenes, and weird scenes, and everyone is tied together in weird and quirky ways. Also I love the opening where they are in the airport and everyone is so happy – it gives me warm fuzzy feelings!

3. White Christmas
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An oldie but a goodie! I mean, come on! Bing Crosby? Singing White Christmas? That is the end all and be all of Christmas!
I don’t care if you are not a Bing fan, he is awesome, and you are silly.

4. Home Alone 1, 2 & even 3
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It is an idea that they tried to beat to death, but these 3 movies are absolutely awesome for a laugh and a couple ideas of boobie-traps you can set around your house, you know…just in case.

5. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
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I know, I know, not a usual one you see, but Tim Burton really is my favourite, and it really has good points! Sally is freed at the end, her and the Pumpkin King get together (finally!), and after COMPLETELY messing it up, Jack (the Pumpkin King himself) saves Christmas! I know it is not traditional, but it is one of my top fives!

Feel free to tell me you favourite movies in the comments; you might give me more ideas to put on next year’s list!

~ Andreah