It’s a scenario that I’m sure most all photographers and clients have been through at some point in time:
Client: “Are you sure this is gonna work?”
Photographer: “Yes, just trust me.”
Client: “Are you sure all these layers and patters will look o.k.?”
Photographer: “Yes, I promise. Just trust me.”
Client: “This location, it looks a bit…um…not picturesque. Are you…er…um…sure about this?”
Photographer: “It’ll look better than you can imagine and nothing like you’re picturing right now. Just trust me.”
In all of my experiences in life and photography, the times I’ve prepared, prepped, and went with my gut instincts, are the times I’ve been happiest with my work. They’re also the times the clients have been most proud of themselves in the work.
A good photographer will communicate with you before the shoot. Find out about you, what your overall vision is (i.e. natural or urban setting, intimate or outgoing, etc.), coach you in what to wear if that’s not your forte, and guide you through the process.
Tori, one of my most favorite Seniors, wanted an urbanesque feel to her shoot. When I drug her to some rough warehouse she didn’t look at me like I was straight up crazy, rather her reply was a trusting and confident, “This is fun. Let’s do this!”
It’s sometimes hard to see beauty when surrounded by surface-level ugliness, but then again beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is everywhere, sometimes you just have to look hard to find it. And don’t worry, if you can’t see it, your photographer will!
*A big thank you to Ms. Tina for this picture from her fab phone during our session!
Have a Blessed New Year!