There are many different factors that can influence the end result of your photoshoot and are worth considering prior to your shoot. Thinking about all these things and trying to plan it all out can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. As a client, is it helpful if you consider your goals and planning points before the big day.
There’s no harm in being relaxed and having fun during your session, but remember that this is an investment. A little bit of extra planning will go a long way to ensure that you, and whoever you’re with, will have a good time.
When planning your session, think about these 4 key "W" questions:
After you figure out the basics of your photoshoot, think about what you plan on doing with the images.
Do you plan to:
Once you've thought through those items, you will want to consider your style and the decor of your home:
Next, describe your dream images - if you could have 5 images come out of your session, what would they look like?
Armed with your answers and vision, regroup with your photographer and share your ideas. Together you can come up with a game plan that will ensure that you’re both on the same page, your session flows smoothly, and you get the images that you want. Additionally, once you view your gallery, you are not arbitrarily looking at images, but instead selecting them with your specific goals in mind.
To make sense of this, consider viewing a gallery in two scenarios:
Remember, this is your session. You might not have the time, energy, or money to have a do over, so make sure you stack the deck in your favor the first time! Your planning, preparation and communication will surely pay off and you will have personal art in your home that makes you smile every day, for years to come. Isn't that what custom photography is all about? We think so.
*Photographers, we recommend using the Portrait Studio Client Consult Form to keep yourself organized and provide your clients with the best service possible.
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From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.