Photo session and the role of your photographer.
Lately, I have been busy taking headshot/glamour sessions with women in the 40 and up crowd. We women in this age group are always a little spooked to get our pictures done. And I totally understand why - we are afraid of how our final images are going to look and how many of our "flaws" are going to be glaring back at us. We are not as young as we used to be, and sometimes a photo just makes that truth a little to real.
The good news is, we all have flaws. All. Even the youngsters I photograph. So, it's not like we are fearing something that others aren't fearing also - misery loves company!! But we all have our good stuff, and that is what is up to your photographer to bring out in your images. I always tell my clients, "It's not your job to take a good picture, that's what you have hired me for" . And I totally mean that!
As a photographer, it is my job to carefully guide my clients through their session, put them at ease and build their confidence in me. I am 80 percent a cheerleader/coach and 20 percent a photographer. I have spent a lot of time learning how to pay attention to the details, look for the best angles, keep a fresh perspective all while keeping my client at ease and having a good time. My clients often get "the look" when I ask them to do something that seems really awkward. I say "if it feels awkward, it looks good." Then they look at the images and they see it for themselves. After a few of those sneak peeks at the back of the camera, they are usually on-board for my crazy sounding suggestions.
I work as hard at making the experience as fun and memorable as I possibly can. There is NOTHING more satisfying to me than to hear my clients say they had a great time and then secondly, to say they love their photos. Mission accomplished!
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