Tips From The Other Side- Part II | Michigan Portrait Photographer

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.

March 24, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Amanda Dumouchelle - These shots of you are fantastic! I am so jealous! I would love some photos of myself like this!

March 24, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Mishelle Lamarand - Always a pleasure shooting you ;)

March 25, 2011 - 11:30 am

Amy Lucy - You should definitely come out from behind the camera more often! These are all so wonderful. Your smile is infectious!

March 25, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Angie - Great tips Aubri-TFS!

March 26, 2011 - 4:39 pm

tabitha - great tips!!! thanks!

March 26, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Kara Jo - great ideas! I will have to use that location idea:) Thanks girl. Love your blog!

March 26, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Stephanie Moore - Great tips and adorable pictures, you are beautiful! I totally agree w/ the praising tip, the more I praise the better the pictures turn out!

March 26, 2011 - 11:06 pm

Irina - great shots!! tfs!!

March 27, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Kimberlee Edwards | Cary, NC Child Photographer - What excellent tips. Definitely lots to think about.

March 28, 2011 - 12:03 pm

Carrie - Awesome info…thanks for sharing!

March 29, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Traci Todd - You are gorgeous!! Love the tips, thanks!!

April 4, 2011 - 12:18 am

robyn - great post and pics! thanks for the tips!