Last week I gave a few tips to clients from my experience on being on the other side of the camera. This week I have a few tips for photographers.
Photographer Tip #1: Don’t start at the best spot. Have great new location you want to take your clients? Do not, I repeat, do not take them there first. It took me a little while to warm-up and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Many of the first photos look awkward to me, I can tell I was holding back. My favorite photos are towards the end of the session when I was more comfortable and genuine. Save your big plans, or your vision for ‘the shot’, until later in the session. It may be something only the client notices but they are the ones who hanging the pictures in their homes.
Photographer Tip #2: Listen to your clients ideas too. Sometimes they push you out of your comfort zone and you can end up with a great shot you might not normally do. I really wanted a wide shot against the brick and I ended up loving Mishelle’s perspective. Sometimes clients ideas don’t work, like my idea to run towards the camera (you will not be seeing those- sorry), but it made for some good laughs.
Photographer Tip #3: Praise your clients. I cannot stress enough how Mishelle’s reaction affected me. In the particular shot below, Mishelle was so excited about how great these shots were. Telling me as she was shooting. Instantly my shoulders went back, I was smiling ear to ear, and I felt like a million bucks. Tell your clients they look awesome, that you love these, they look like a supermodel- whatever, but let them know they’re rocking it.