Here are five photographic tips that could help you take good photos of your client during their photo shoot.
1, Even before they get to your studio, when your client makes their appointment be sure to tell them what to expect on the day. “fore warned is fore armed” as they say. This will make them feel less awkward and a little more self assured knowing what it is going to be like.
2, Always ask your client what they want to achieve with this photo shoot. Do they want casual shots, profile photos or formal pictures etc. ? All this will help you to guide your client to your shared goal of good photos.
3, It is always best where possible to demonstrate to your customer how to pose, sit etc. Show them how to place their hands, how to cross their legs , to lean forward and such. It is so much better than standing to the side of the studio calling out “sit here “, “bend there”. For one it will give your client a visual aid and will help them feel less isolated.
4, Always communicate with your client throughout the session. Try to make them laugh, to feel at ease , it is not an ordeal but an occasion. Let them know when they are getting it right as well as wrong. Every so often let them see an example of a photo taken on the camera. Even if it is something of what not to do, it will let them know they are getting somewhere and give them that visual aid again.
5, And finally, make your client aware that it is not the actual pose that is important but rather as to how they themselves feel. If your client is nervous it will show through into the photo. If they are feeling relaxed and confident then no matter the pose it will make for a great photo.
At the end of the day the event is meant to be enjoyed.
So get together and remember to have fun...