Portraits: Getting To Know Your Client.

1. What do you like to do when you’re bored?

2. What do people compliment you on most?

3. What is an embarrassing story you like to tell other?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your idol and why?

6. How did you get together? (Regarding Significant other))

7. What do you do for work?

8. What hobbies do you have?

9. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

10. What are some of your favorite things? (I.E. Music, Food, Place, Vacation)

11. What would you like me to capture?

12. What is your best funny face? (capture the face and the “true smile” after)

13. What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

These are just a few examples of the questions you can ask your client to learn more about them. The more you know about you client, the easier it will be to capture their true self. You can pose them all day and come out with really great photos, but nothing compares to when you really capture a moment where the client’s genuine personality shows. Catching these moments may be trickier with adults because naturally we tend to be a little awkward and shy when we know we’re being watched. Just get out there and get to know your client, they will warm up and you will get those fantastic shots. On the other side of that coin, children can either be incredibly open and ready for their close up, or completely shut down. Either way, you can attempt these ice breaker questions and capture what you are able to. I remember there was on Mommy & Me session I did that the kids just wanted to play on the playground at the park and would absolutely not cooperate until they did. Being an adaptive photographer and knowing the mom was looking for mostly the kids to be in the photos, I let the mom know that we can let them play, I’ll take some shots during and we’ll pop you in as we go along. She agreed and the kids were pleased. Talking with the mom and having interaction with the kids while they played, I captured a lot of beautiful shots and was able to really showcase the kid’s personalities. Getting to know your client and helping them feel comfortable is a key factor in creating those real raw portraits that bring out the best in people.

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