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.