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"No, thanks. We'll sit this dance out," is what these young models appear to be saying. The hand in the picture and the girls' expressions are the elements that make this work.

Putting fun in your images can be challenging. Humor that is original or that catches the viewer by surprise is best, and requires creativity by the photographer.

People must be expressive, but not look corny by over-playing their parts. Genuine-looking expressions that clearly tell the story are always better than over-exaggerated looks that actually detract from the humor.

A good example of this can be found in our wedding photography section, under Special requests and restrictions, where a bride and her golf-loving groom wanted something fun and different in their wedding images.


Sometimes a fun image may not be funny, but will draw smiles and comments like, "Aw, isn't that cute?", as in the image shown here of a tiny mouse with an almost comic expression being cradled in a strong hand.

How do you hold a baby mouse when you're feeding it? Firmly, but gently.
How do you hold a baby mouse when you're feeding it? Firmly, but gently.

Reversing the
Reversing the "N" in a school zone sign won't help kids learn their ABCs.

Sometimes a single prop can be used to bring fun to a picture.
Sometimes a single prop can be used to bring fun to a picture.

A shepherd with a cel phone? Sure, when he's between acts in a Christmas play. Look for incongruity when you want humor in your pictures.
A shepherd with a cel phone? Sure, when he's between acts in a Christmas play. Look for incongruity when you want humor in your pictures.

Look for things that are out of place, out of character or that just don't seem to make sense, and you will often find humor. The picture here of a shepherd using a cel phone is an example.


When people do funny things, such as getting dressed as a six-pack of cans of beer as shown here, keeping your camera handy will capture the moment.

When people dress up in costume, their creativity and humor are often revealed. This group is dressed as a six-pack of beer.
When people dress up in costume, their creativity and humor are often revealed. This group is dressed as a six-pack of beer.
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