Each member of our group has taken images for someone else. Some in our group are working family photographers. Others may have agreed to do a photo shoot for a friend, or have begun building a portfolio of images in contemplation of going into business one day. A few of us have taken head shots for actors, or have shot musicians for their album covers or publicity materials. Many of us have taken school photos, and some have volunteered to document a wedding or other event.
This week we are sharing images that were taken for a client, whether paid or not. We are considering how the desires of the client may have influenced taking, editing and sharing the photo.
I’m sharing an image from a previous senior session. Younger sister accompanied us on our excursion and I photographed a handful of images of her as well, but realized none of her images were shared here on the blog. This week’s assignment, gives me a reason to showcase her beautiful image.
When I’m shooting for hire I feel the most important aspect is to “listen”. I’ve had clients on both spectrums…..Some with very specific ideas in mind, but I would venture to say most come to a session shy of the camera, awaiting guidance from me. Sometimes these are the most fun, because the client is open to different suggestions and allows much more spontaneity. Ultimately the clients expectations are top priority and my goal is for them to be pleased with their portraits. Each client is asked to answer a few questions, whether online or by phone which allows me some insight to obtain their ideas and expectations. When planning for each client’s shoot, taking notes and establishing a checklist of sorts helps keep me on task during the session, obviously prioritizing what is most important to the client. Despite the clients expectations it is always fun to implement one shot just for me…..even when they give me a strange look, looking around at our surroundings that do not seem photograph worthy…..then I show them the back of the camera giving them a glimpse of what I see when looking through the lens.