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3 Helpful Ways to put your Photography Clients at Ease

3 Helpful Ways to put your Photography Clients at Ease

For most of us, sitting down for a formal photo shoot is a nerve-wracking and daunting process. If we are sitting by ourselves in front of the camera, we may be nervous and unsure of what we should be doing. If we are sitting with others, such as part of a family photo, we are often trying to sit still while children are crying, screaming, or oddly staring.

3 Helpful Ways to put your Photography Clients at Ease

As a photographer, your job is to not only get the best shot possible, but also create the best environment for the shot. Many people assume that getting your clients in the best position for the best shot is a matter of luck or timing. If you believe that myth, then you’ll be forever chasing a perfect shot that’s always out of your reach. Photography is about capturing and creating the moment.

Putting your photography clients at ease is one way of taking charge of the moment. When your clients feel comfortable, they respond better. When they respond better, everything seems to fall into place: communication, posing, and the entire session experience.

The 3-Step Path to Helping Camera-Shy Clients Relax

3 Steps to Put your Photography Clients at Ease

Image via Flickr by Brad Montgomery

So you may be wondering that if putting your clients at ease works, how do you do it? Explore the following three areas where you can meet that objective.

Address the Little Details

Before you have a photo shoot, take some time to review the environment from a client’s point of view. The place you select for a photo shoot may be perfect for you, but is it comfortable for your client? Consider the following questions:

Understand Your Client’s Goals

Instead of focusing exclusively on getting the best shot, make sure you understand what the client wants. Is the client looking for a picture as a memory piece or it is the photo concept more spur of the moment? Understanding these goals will help you tailor your communication. Ask questions directly or use a client photography questionnaire.

Continue Communicating Throughout the Shoot

Photographers often stay quiet throughout a shot to prevent any mishaps, but this silence can be nerve-wracking for a client. Continue communicating throughout your photo session so that your client knows what’s going on during the shoot.

The Moral of the Story: Create the Experience to Get the Shot

Many photographers blame a bad shot on a client’s attitude or actions. This blame isn’t helpful for the client or the photographer. A better approach is for photographers to focus on what they can control.

Instead of whining about a scared or uncomfortable client, take the time to see how you can help that client move through the photo shoot as relaxed as possible. This mindset puts control of the photo shoot back where it belongs — in the photographer’s hands. Remember, clients are looking for this professional confidence.

5 comments found

  1. If your client can be relaxed at a photo shoot than the pictures will just look so much better. I know I’m always unhappy to be in front of a camera so the photographer making the whole process go smoothly is always appreciated.

  2. My son just had his senior photos done a couple of months ago. I wasn’t wildly impressed with them but I think they just had WAY too many kids to really take the time to get each one comfortable in front of the camera.

  3. These are great tips for anyone who does this kind of photography. I’m lucky. My photography generally involves objects and not people. When I do take pictures of people, it’s always my outgoing friends.

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