Wedding Photographer Tells Couple to Act Drunk, Gets Amazing Portraits

Photographers have to make their subjects relaxed in order to get great shots. One Canadian photographer uses a unique approach: she asks her clients to act drunk.

Myriam Menard posted a video of herself on TikTok where she asked a couple she was photographing to walk down a hill “as if you were super drunk.”

The short clip took off and has garnered over 15 million views. Speaking to PetaPixel Menard says that it’s a technique she uses regularly and produces spontaneous results.

@cremeuxphoto Anyone else do this? #poseideas #elopementphotographer #photoshootposes #phototips #couplephotoshoot omg she may be insane – Troy

“I use this technique simply because I feel like people find it funny. I don’t want them to stand there and wait, it’s uncomfortable for most people, even me,” she says.

” I want to help them forget their minds. Their bodies then tend to relax and in photography, this is wished for since the camera captures all the details, the energy of a posture, of a gesture, so I take care to show people in their most relaxed form despite their nervousness to have their picture taken.”

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Menard is an accomplished wedding photographer and her work speaks for itself. The Quebec native is aware that most of her subjects have never been photographed professionally.

“This trick is a good way to immerse them in a goofy and relaxed atmosphere. This way their attention is no longer on what they think they look like but rather on the game.”

Menard adds that she is careful to ask people first if they have had bad experiences with alcohol, as it’s imperative not to offend someone by making them feel uncomfortable.

” I am aware of the sensitive nature of this subject and that it can make some people feel uncomfortable.

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Her Technique has Gone Viral

The savvy photographer posted the TikTok video on May 3 and the video has garnered 1. 4 million likes since.

Some found it hilarious, while others were annoyed that I requested to perform such an exercise. She says that many people wanted to see the video of all the images.

But the general reaction was positive. I believe that the content was original and interesting for both the people who will be photographed and the photographers who will have to find ways to relax their subjects.”

One of Several Unique Techniques

Getting subjects to act inebriated isn’t the only party trick in Menard’s bag. She also asks couples to pretend that they will lose their sense of smell within 24 hours and they have to remember their partner’s smell forever by taking a good whiff of their scent.

Sometimes it is very humorous, and sometimes even romantic. She says that some people start to smell their partners so intensely that they feel irritated. Others sniff their partners in such a moving and touching way that you can sense their love through my lens.”

“I love the intensity of this exercise because my mission is to capture their essence, their vulnerability, their love, but I only have the image to do so.”

You can see more of Menard’s work by visiting her website and Instagram.


Image credits: All photos by Myriam Menard.

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