4 Things Your Photographer Wants You To Know
I have to say that I work with some of the most amazing people. And that's not just a throw away statement, it's true. Year after year I am continually amazed at the clients who come into my path. I have to pinch myself sometimes because I am beyond lucky to call these people clients and FRIENDS. Working with joyful, kind and all around wonderful people makes my job a rich and beautiful experience!!
For couples who have never worked with me before (or a wedding photographer in general for that matter!) sometimes there can be a sense of anxiety, there is an unknown element. Couples don't really know what to expect and what exactly it takes to craft a beautiful and natural image. That's where I come in and through our experience together I help guide my clients through what it will be like to work together. And so I thought I'd share the top four things that I tell all my clients to help them make the most of their experience in front of the camera! It's not just about pointing a camera at someone and making a picture. It's about a relationship and that's where I like to start. Make sense? Ok let's drive right in!
1. Trust Me.
I value our relationship together, as photographer and client. And in that relationship is a vulnerability that needs to be shared in order to capture you and your fiance as you truly are. I want you to feel safe and secure with me, knowing that I will take good care of you! Everything that happens in front of my camera is aimed at creating beautiful images, images where you look your best and where your true essence shines through. Trust me to take care of you and I promise you give you a great experience in return!
2. I want you to be lovey!
Your time in front of the camera should be special, memorable and meaningful. Being loving towards each other is a huge part of that! Maybe by nature you're not used to kissing your fiance in front of someone, especially someone you may have just met! Or maybe the fact of being in front of a camera makes you nervous and in return you are stiff and uncomfortable. But since you're trusting me and know that you're in a safe and inviting environment, you should feel free to be who you are with your fiance! Freedom to express yourself, to hug and kiss and play together. I want this to be a FUN time which means you can let down your guard and really savor this time together as couple!
3. I care about YOU.
If you haven't noticed a theme through this post, then let me declare, "I care about YOU!" You're more than just clients, truly. I care about you, I care about the process, I care about giving you a great experience. On the wedding day I am excited to be there to witness as you read your vows, as you share your First Kiss, as you are roasted by your Bridal Party. It is an honor to be a part of something so intimate and special. I don't want to be seen as just another vendor showing up on your wedding day. I care deeply about each couple I have the privilege to work with and my hope is that your images and experience demonstrates that every way!
4. I need TIME.
In order to create beautiful images, it takes time. Sometimes it takes a few moments for you find your groove, to receive direction, to be posed. It's a delicate process that is better served with time and space to breathe. Nothing will make you more stiff and uncomfortable in front of the camera, than if you feel rushed, hurried or stress. No longer do you feel safe or at ease. Time gives us the flexibility to create a calm and inviting atmosphere and gives you the opportunity to let down your guard and feel comfortable. Images are not just "snapped away", they are carefully crafted!! That takes time and patience. Give your photographer the time they need to give you a great experience, to make sure you are taken care of and to ensure you'll walk away from your engagement session and wedding with beautiful images that are entirely YOU!
If you're a DZP client, then you know all these things;) You're already a master at posing and relaxing in front of the camera. If you're in the process of looking for your photographer or you just hired one but haven't had a chance to be in front of the camera, try to keep these things in mind. I guarantee that if you trust your photographer to take good care of you, if you're affectionate and loving toward your fiance and if you give your photographer the space and time to create, you'll walk away from your engagement session and wedding with images that you will cherish for the rest of your life!
I hope this helps you as you plan and prepare for your time in front of the camera! If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to share them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- can't wait to hear from you!