PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: ENGAGE, ENCOURAGE, ENGAGE
The best photography tip for capturing authentic expressions and images full of life, is engagement and encouragement! It’s all about genuine interaction and providing positive feedback to your client. There is nothing more awkward than silence and during a shoot, you definitely want to avoid anything involving the word awkward. Instantly put your clients at ease by engaging them in casual conversation, right from the start. Creating that genuine connection with them will allow them to look past your camera and straight through to you.
When my client arrives, I focus 100% of my attention on her. I compliment how beautiful she is and share with her how genuinely excited I am to work with her. The conversation continues as we walk to the first location. I already know she is nervous, so I don’t talk about the shoot at all. I ask questions that piggyback info she’s provided from our Senior Questionnaire. Hobbies, activities, sports, academics, summer plans, travel, interests, etc.
I keep the conversation flowing the entire time, even as I start to setup the shot. I do this on purpose to keep her engaged and not thinking about her nerves. The more she stays out of her head and the more she is actively involved in what we are talking about, the better. While posing, I mix conversation with directions, when needed. When I start shooting, I move right into giving encouraging praise for how great she is doing, keeping her in the moment and not thinking about her nerves. Between shots, it’s right back to conversation. This is the natural flow of how I work with my clients, which works beautifully!
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