3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

You may have seen some of our recent portrait sessions. One thing you may notice is how natural our couples are. So what’s the key to capture those genuine emotions?

It’s Communication!

You read it correctly. It’s not the fancy cameras nor photographing our couples for hours. The key is about communicating well with our couples, even before we pick up our camera and teach them about poses. With each new client, we are challenged with the task to capture the best photographs while juggling between focusing through the lens and keeping our clients energized. Here’s a rundown on how YOU can prepare your clients for a successful photography session!

1. The ole’ Ice Breaker Techniques

  • Get to know your clients on a personal level. Do this by meeting with them at least once or speak on the phone a few times. You will open up doors of cool opportunities to get unique snapshots.
  • Share with them what to expect of the shoot before and on the day of. For the first time models, share other clients’ first time experiences to cultivate trust and comfort.
  • Oh, and don’t forget to smile ?

2. Golden Posing Rules

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

Good news: to help people find their most fitting pose is simple. You can give them posing instructions and adjust their hair, body, and face (ask before you do).

Challenge: to nail their facial expressions is difficult; people can’t help but show their nervousness sometimes… but don’t worry.

  • Ask them to think of a wonderful memory. The time they got their first job offer and watch as their faces naturally light up with warm emotions!
  • For group photos, ask them to whisper, tell a joke, or a secret. This is so you can capture those natural reactions, even if it’s the “I can’t believe you just said that” face!

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

Keep in mind, the best snapshots often comes from the unexpected moments.

3. For intimate poses:

  • Instruct your models on simple poses of how to stand alongside each other. Always ask if they’re comfortable with kissing on camera (there are limitations due to religious/cultural customs/personal preferences). Otherwise, proceed!

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

  • Kissing isn’t the only way to express intimacy either, alternatives can be done with simple “hand placements”.

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

  • “head tilts”

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

  • “eye expressions” (whether open/closed/just being silly)

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

  • and “proximity of the bodies”

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

  • and remember: Smile! Have Fun – it’s all about putting your clients at ease. You are the pro, now show that ? !

3 Best Ways to Have a Successful Photography Session

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