Let’s face it… photo sessions can be challenging for the client and the photographer.
By educating your photography clients and giving them the following tips BEFORE their session, you can help them get the most out of their photography experience.
1. Choose the right clothes for the right shoot
Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. What do your dream photos look like? If they are soft and elegant? Choose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun side? Choose colors with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. Whatever your clothing choice have fun with it.
2. Being hangry and sleepy is a bad combo for a photoshoot
Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach. And definitely don't show up to a shoot tired. I meet so many people who go out the night before and wake up late for a photo call only to have their skin, hair and attitude a mess. On the other side of that, are my clients who don't eat before a shoot. Guess what? Being hangry and sleepy don't make for beautiful pictures. I encourage my clients to get a good nights rest and have a little something before we shoot. It gives you energy to power through and food makes everyone happy!
3. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get ready.
Women are often rushing around before a photo shoot making sure everyone is dressed and ready. I always encourage women to have their hair and makeup professionally done. When a clients shows up to a photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session. Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.
4. Keep the sideline calm
Sometimes a client will have "extras" at the shoot for all sorts of reasons. I love this idea of having support, but don't get in the way of the photographer and don't upset the client. Often times, clients will be nervous for whatever reason and a sideline of people telling the client how to pose or smile just interferes with the plan the photographer and the client has. So if you're on the sideline and not in the game, cheer and be enthusiastic to the client.
5. Have fun.
This is your session and it's supposed to be fun. That's why we get all of the boring posey poses out of the way before we get to the real fun. I like to encourage my clients to be silly and be themselves. Those are the photos that clients usually cherish, the caught off guard, natural photos.
If you prepare your clients ahead of time, it will result in a successful photo shoot and ultimately gorgeous, timeless images that your clients will treasure for a lifetime.