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One topic I always discuss with new clients is feeling uncomfortable. I get it. It’s not everyday you get a camera shoved in your face and you’re asked to perform, never-mind about wanting to look amazing and confident while feeling vulnerable.
Let me put it out there, confidence is something I struggle with in areas of my life. We all do. Some are better at hiding it then others. I prefer watching, and sometimes struggle walking into large crowds with an uncomfortable feeling. I just want to address that feeling and move past it quickly. To this day, I avoid large sporting events. I just can’t take the crowd size. Ok, now that’s on the table let’s talk about how I make my clients feel comfortable to get the photographic results I’m happy to present.
- Natural Behavior. Upon showing up at my clients location I let things happening naturally. After introductions, I keep the conversation on them always finding common ground to take the conversation further. During this time I observe what comes naturally to my client(s). I study their walk, how they sit, fold their arms, then I’m able to make small posing suggestions while keeping them true to themselves.
- Conversation. I talk. Alot. I talk while I’m photographing them. It also helps that mom is along for the session and most of the time funny family stories start to work their way into our conversation and that helps my clients relax and produce the candid images I want to present.
- Expectations. Lastly, the session is suppose to be fun. I always remind my clients not to look left or right at what others (peers) are doing and just be themselves. Giving them permission to be authentic, genuine, honest, and comfortable with who they are. Putting all that uncomfortable emotion on the table I’ve gained the trust of my clients and that sets the tone for a successful session.
Upon meeting my senior client this past Friday morning, he asked that I not share any images on social media. I reassured him that I have the utmost respect for privacy and promised not to splash his images around….BUT, I will use the session images later… like…in a year or two from now when he could care less about being in social media. Kinda along the lines of “been there, done that” feeling. I get it. I value my privacy as well and only put out and cultivate the social media story I want to portray. I call it the “airline conversation”. You know, only discussing certain topics with the person next to you while in flight. Privacy has become all to valuable and I’m happy my clients can express their boundaries when it comes to their images.
With the invention of social media, I think privacy has gone by the waste side for some. When you think about it, if you’re constantly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, sharing anything and everything, you’ve pretty much taken the mystery out of who you are. That means you’re an open book and I’m not sure that’s a good or bad thing depending on who I’m talking to and how you use social media. Which leads me to the main topic of this blog post, privacy. It matters. It matters to you. It matters to me.
Upon signing the model release, I always let every. single. parent. know I don’t parade their children or families around, revealing their identity by using their name(s) or tagging them in a photo I’ve put out in social media to leverage my business. I gladly had over your images and let you share what you want. Respecting privacy has been one of my key ingredients that propels my business forward. Hand to God. A little bit of a courtesy goes a long way!
Portraits are soul capturing and deserve to be protected. I got your back.
Oh…how sweet was this momma to lay out snacks, fruit, and water to keep us going during our session. Had to take a photo….Love it!
Every senior client has an amazing story of what makes them…well…them. I’m a story teller so giving full control to my clients when it comes to telling their stories is the heart of my business. Having a client choose their location because it has meaning to them keeps me on my toes creatively and my photography fresh. But what I really love, are the stories they tell of the why. Why they love this location. Why it means something to them. And when it comes to their session they’re relaxed. Why? Because their location is relaxing to them. Easy-peasy. It’s a no brainier.
I’m sharing the gallery of one of Eau Claire’s best known animal activist. Her parents are the founders of Bob’s House for Dogs, and amazing advocates for senior dogs serving a purpose and matching them with forever homes. It was an honor to photograph her sunshine personality and boy can she tell some funny jokes!
Her locations: Hobbs Fountain, in the heart of Eau Claire’s downtown, to showcase her fun and playful side. How can water not be playful right? The other location was a picturesque private farm close to their home.
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Why bringing your creativity to the table matters to me.
I say it to all my clients; I’m a storyteller, and your images are suppose to tell stories. Let’s face it, anyone in the Eau Claire area can take a decent photo, but the question is can that photo tell a story?
When scheduling your session with me I’m all about getting to know you. After all, these photos I create will last your lifetime and be handed down for generations to come. My seniors and parents know it’s all about them, their story, what their location means to them, why they choose the outfits they do, and let’s not forget the jewelry that might have belonged to a grandmother, aunt, or it was purchased just for them. Everything has meaning.
Sure, I can stick you in a field or lean you against a brick wall, make sure the light is perfect, ask you to smile big, and take a photo. But that’s not the experience I want to give you.
I want to know you and your story. I’m all ears…and I’ll have my camera in hand to document your perfect senior session.
Her story: Strength from the women in her life.
Location: The playground where she played her entire life.
Props: The chair from her bedroom.
Her idea: Gathering the senior portraits from the amazing women she leans on for strength, guidance, and love.
What’s your story?