My daughter was three years old and taking her very first dance class. At the end of the season she and her classmates were set to perform a cute routine dressed as bumble bees for the year-end recital. One major problem, she did NOT want to go on stage! She was freaked out about the unknown and didn’t want to go through with it. Thankfully, the dance studio scheduled a dress rehearsal, where all the dancers could get an idea of how recital day would work ahead of time. They knew what to expect for the big day. My daughter was nervous and anxious during the dress rehearsal, but that day took away all fears for the actual recital. She confidently buzzed onto the stage and killed it, so to speak.
Consider this your dress rehearsal for your next photography session. It shouldn’t be as fear-inducing as having to tap dance on stage in a bumble bee costume, but you probably do have questions about what is involved and what your obligations are.
Here’s how my photography sessions work, from pre to post.
- The Pre-session Consultation
I love to get together in person to meet you and discuss the details (coffee is my treat). Sometimes my clients just don’t have the time, so a phone call or Zoom call will work. This is when I get the nitty gritty from you.
– Why do you want new pictures at this time?
– What are you wanting from the session? One or two images for your business card? A whole album-full of images from a newborn session?
– What location/s do you have in mind? (I can suggest ideas)
– What style are you wanting to portray (I can suggest ideas)
– What props, if any, do you think you might want to use?
It really is that simple!
2) The Session
We get together at the agreed upon time and have what will most likely be the best time of your week. My sessions really are relaxed and a lot of fun!
– sessions run between 30 minutes and an hour or two (depending on how many locations/outfits/looks we’ve decided upon). I can get a lot of images in a short amount of time, so if you have a significant other or child who “hates” to have their picture taken, tell them to relax. It will be painless.
– Speaking of relaxed — I like to use a mix of posed images and candids. We all want one or two pictures where a majority of the people are looking right into the camera and smiling*, but the magic happens between the poses. I like to make this happen with prompts. (Guys love prompts the most because it gives them a mission to accomplish, and it’s usually to act silly with the kids, or whisper inappropriate things into your ear 😆).
Boom, session is done, and nobody died!
*smiling won’t always happen with kids and THAT’S OK. When you look at a picture of your child and they are smiling because you threatened them within an inch of their life, you’re going to remember that tension for years to come when you look at that image. If we try to get the little to smile but s/he just isn’t having it, we’ll laugh about it and continue on with the session. You’ll end up with an image that is real and authentic, and speaks to who your child really was at that time in life. THOSE emotions will be so much more heart warming.
3) The Reveal
Shortly after your session, we’ll schedule your reveal, which I also like to do in person with my clients. I selfishly love to see their reactions when they see their images for the first time. Here’s what we’ll do:
– go over the images in your gallery, one by one. First we’ll just look at each one and smile and laugh as we remember the day.
– then we’ll talk about what you want to do with the images (which we went over at the pre-session consultation).
– then we’ll go over the images again and decide whether each image is a keeper and how it should be used (in an album, as a print for a folio box, as a wall portrait, gift print, etc).
– then payment is made and I give you an estimate as to when I’ll get you any mock-ups that I will owe you.
– once you approve any mock-ups, I place the order with my professional lab and then deliver your prints and products to you when they arrive.
4) The Happily Ever After
You get to enjoy your images for ever and ever!
The End, standing ovation, you nailed your photography session like a pro! No bumble bee costume needed.