So you’ve booked your portrait session and you’re super excited about your session. Yay! You’re finally going to get some amazing portraits. And then the nerves set in a little. Maybe you should have waited until you lost weight or had more money or had finished decluttering or… there’s always a reason not to, isn’t there?
Well, fear not. I’m going to share five ways you can prepare for your session which will hopefully leave you feeling more relaxed and confident about what’s about to happen!!!
Make a list of questions to ask your photographer, don’t be shy! Or better yet, send that list of questions in an email. Get all the information you need to feel prepared and secure about the process. Many photographers send clients an information packet after booking that answers frequently asked questions. If yours doesn’t, have a look at their blog, facebook page or twitter and then ASK your questions!
Schedule your session with care. Pick a time of day when everyone is rested and well fed, and there’s nothing else to rush off to. That way everyone can relax and focus on enjoying each other instead of watching the clock! If your shoot involves styling or props, make sure you have time enough to get everything together without feeling rushed.
Focus on what you can control – make sure everyone involved knows what to expect, has an outfit picked out and that you’ve talked about what you want to do with the images. Bring as much or as little as you like to the session, whatever works. You could bring toys, props and clothing options or simply come in whatever you’re wearing.
You’ve done your research, reviewed the portfolio and chosen to fork over your hard earned cash to this person. Trust that your photographer will capture images that delight you.
Don’t worry, keep breathing. We’ll make amazing portraits. You and yours just have a good time together and really take the opportunity to enjoy each other, and let your photographer work her magic!
Hope that helps. If you’ve got any questions, give me a shout!
Doesn’t that sound like the title of an awesome adventure story? Okay, I’m putting the chai down. Ha! I’m talking about this kind of mini though, not this one. Yes- mini photography sessions! Yay- I hear you scream!! I know, you’re excited. 😀
As you may know (ahem, read the post before this one)… I’m offering three days of mini sessions (October 30th is all about Halloween and Nov 5th and 6th are all about you! Hahaha. They’re all about you!) this year! I’ve had a few people ask me how they would know whether a mini session is best for them or if it would be better to go with a full session… so here’s my response:
Mini sessions are great for folks who want to see if my style (or boutique photography in general) suits them. It’s a minimal investment but at the end of it you still get incredible, custom imagery that is literally all about you. If you’ve only ever had the ‘sit over there and smile’ kind of session, this would be a great way to check out how much fun, beauty and artistry I pour into capturing spontaneous moments of connection between you and your family in a relaxed and natural environment. It may also be a good fit if you think your kids (or you!) might really struggle with a session longer than 30 minutes. It’s also a great way to bookend your yearly full session… especially if you have a family with small kids or babies… because they grow SO fast, and you know you want to have in print what they’re like and what they’re doing RIGHT now.
Full sessions provide a much more custom experience however since we’ll talk before hand about what you’re wanting to do with the images (wall art in your home? an album?) and we’ll have the time we need to make sure that we get a range of emotions and action in a variety of spots with as many clothing changes as you wish. We can create a theme or setting for the session and have time to play and get comfortable while capturing a large and varied range of images you can choose from. If you (or your kids) take a while to warm up, a full session may be better for you as well so that you’ve got a chance to relax and we can minimise the ‘deer in headlights’ expressions. 😀 Lastly, if you’re all about getting a slice of your daily life captured, definitely go with a full or lifestyle session! I’m excited to come over!
Hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please give me a shout!