I recently got a question about how to make my models and clients feel comfortable in front of the camera (and I can’t stop thinking about how passionate I am about this).
When I first started photography, I was so worried about props and posing and locations to make my photos beautiful. I would transition from spot to spot so v quickly— but as I’ve grown, I’ve learned that posing and props are only accessories to a good photo.
Slowing down to allow people to breathe + feel is what helps them open up to me. We’re all just craving connection with someone and something in this fast-paced world. Let your clients connect with you and they’ll feel something when you send their gallery.
Tips for preparing your husband for your family session:
If this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how you think the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery. I only shoot sessions around sunset, so most of my families opt to go to dinner after their session. This is a good incentive for everyone to cooperate!
Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy, but let him know that it will still be fine and to try not to get overwhelmed or worried. I am the pro at taking charge and directing the session, so let the chaos coordination fall on me. You guys don’t need to stress about telling your kids to look and smile… that’s why you hire me!
Ask him to help get himself and the kids ready. The less stressed mom is, the less chance of an argument between you arising. If you were having an argument earlier, it can make it harder to loosen up and get past it once we begin our session.
Remind him that the session is only one hour, and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out.
And most importantly – remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much these photos mean to you, and him cooperating will make this experience more memorable.