Know yourself and what works for you.
- What worked for me as a photographer or others might not work for you. Know how you work best and go with that.
- Network, explore and try new things, but in the end do you and love you.
- Learn, learn and keep learning about best practices in photography.
- Never be afraid to ask and learn with others.
- Do what looks best to you. You are the artist.
- Know what love looks like… what makes you feel love… think on that. (dance, touch, words – etc)
Know your clients // do what works for them
- use questionnaires
- meet up/phone conversation
- Make connections to get common ground
- Get them loving you so on the day of the wedding the temp is set and mood is set in your favor.
- Using prompts may work, but really getting to know your client is key to uncover personality and how they work in front of the camera.
- Go to a memory that induces loving or happy thoughts.
- Pose clients as needed. Think about what lovers do to show love physically. (Hand holding – etc)
- TALK – Develop a relationship – Ask them about the wedding. Learn their roles in the wedding planning process.
Know the location
- (scout) or at least always be watchful of the surrounding area and always looking for a beautiful image.
- Have locations ready to suggest for clients so that you aren’t fighting with other photographers during your session… I find having time alone with my clients is key.
- Have back up locations in your pocket and ready to suggest.
- Work with the space given… push yourself to try and make it work.
- Get that large scene image to show the surrounding area in which you shot their session.