Scheduling a photoshoot with a photographer can be very exciting but also a little nerve-wracking. The good news is that this is completely normal and (spoiler alert) even photographers get nervous having their picture taken. But, being behind the camera, it's my job to make my clients feel at ease and comfortable in their environment. The main goal is to make pictures that best reflect who you are as a couple/family.
How do you make your clients feel comfortable during a photoshoot?
1. The first thing to know is that when you're first getting your picture taken, you'll feel awkward and a little funny and you'll start giggling. PHOTOGRAPHERS LOVE GIGGLING. It results in real smiles and great pictures. So don't worry, giggle, everything will be fine.
2. I choose a location that isn't too busy or, if the location is crowded (like Balboa Park can oftentimes be), then I keep it moving. Crowds ebb and flow so the key is to find areas that are experiencing ebbs. Also, it's good to remember that having strangers around when you're getting your picture taken is kind of weird but, I assure you, they don't care. They probably care more about not ruining your picture.
3. I have my clients interact with each other. I am not in the business of taking perfectly posed prom pictures. And we don't want photos that look stiff and awkward. I'd much rather take ones that show genuine emotion and, to get those, interaction is essential. Imagine you're just hanging out and there happens to be a photographer there.
What is the photoshoot like?
It's fun! It looks a lot like walking around and being lovey dovey with your significant other and/or child(ren). Sometimes it can involve a lot of repetition while I'm trying to get the perfect shot and sometimes it's just snuggling close. I'll be giving you direction through most of the shoot to ensure we get the best angles and lighting.
What should the client do to prepare?
INSPO: If you have example pictures that you love, share them! Inspiration photos are always a great way to manage expectations between client and photographer. And if there's a specific pose or photo that you're dying to get, share that too! Same goes for props. If you love a certain prop, bring it! However, they definitely aren't required. And if you aren't quite sure what you want, you just want nice photos, that's cool too.
WARDROBE: My first rule of thumb regarding what to wear to a shoot is to be yourself. Wear something that you feel confident in. Now, if you are an especially high fashion couple and want more 'editorial' pictures, go for it! But for the average couple, I'd say wear something that you feel confident in and that reflects who you are (when you're a little dressed up). Bonus tip 1: try to avoid small/busy patterns. They can sometimes look odd in photos. Bonus tip 2: Ladies, I would recommend doing your makeup in a way that makes you feel confident (how you would wear it on a date).
SCHEDULING: A photographer will always recommend shooting when the sun is low, within the first couple hours after sunrise or before sunset. That's when you get really dreamy photos but that's definitely not a deal breaker. Any lighting will do. Natural light is definitely preferred.
It's my job to get good photos so don't worry and have fun!
If you have any questions that I didn't address, feel free to comment on this post or send me an email. I'll be happy to answer them!