Portrait photography has its challenges, from uncooperative weather to screaming kids to ugly wardrobes clients select for their photos. But a much bigger issue to overcome is getting your clients to take it easy and relax in front of the camera.
Today’s lesson explores a few straightforward solutions to this problem.
Act Like It’s a Date
When you’re on a first date, you’re hopefully on your game. You’re polite. You’re interesting. You make a concerted effort to learn more about the other person. You ask questions, crack jokes, and make a lot of eye contact.
These tricks work for making your portrait sessions more relaxing too! The more you make yourself a regular human, rather than one with a camera, the more relaxed your clients will be. You might include a short questionnaire with the contract materials, so you’re armed with some information ahead of time. Or, you might rattle off a few questions as you’re setting the mood for the shot.