As a professional creative artist who has worked in the visual industry for the better part of 20 years, I have made some observations along the way about the more crucial ingredients for a successful shoot. It's a lot more than just showing up and looking good!
1. Hire a professional photographer. In this day and age, almost everyone owns a digital camera and thinks they are a photographer, but when it comes to high quality portraits there is a huge difference between the amateurs and the pros. Professional photographers have invested tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) in their education and equipment. They have taken the time to hone their skills and will use their expertise to create results you love. When it comes to your business and family keepsakes, professional photography is a worthy investment.
2. Feel good about yourself. Everyone has down days, but if you're feeling less than enthused about yourself, your job, your appearance or life in general it's not the best time to have your portrait taken. The eyes are the windows to the soul and when you're down it shows in your face and body language. Take the time you need to better your circumstances or perspective and then get ready for breathtaking photos that will connect with people on a deep and more meaningful level.
3. It's a collaboration. As a photographer who is known for creating authentic portraits and loves helping people succeed, I have to be honest: I'm not a magician. I can't make you look like Jennifer Lawrence or Brad Pitt. What I can do is collaborate with you to create the most flattering and authentic portrait of the 'best you' that will attract the right clients or create a cherished personal moment to frame. Whatever your desire, we will work together and create something wonderful.
4. Have a clear vision. Some clients come to me expecting to just show up, I'll snap a few pictures and they'll have these amazing portraits. But... it’s not that easy! I need to learn about you. I need to know what makes you tick so that I can use my expertise to capture your essence on film. I need to get a feel for who you are and what you want to accomplish. To me, your portrait is an opportunity to tell your story.
5. Pamper and polish. In my earlier career as a makeup artist I learned that professional hair and makeup is an important part of creating beautifully polished portraits. But you don’t need to be a glamour queen. Simply enhancing your own natural features will make you look good, feel good and have a huge impact on the quality of your portraits. A little pampering goes a long way!
6. Rest up. A good night's sleep will do wonders to bring out the bright and happy person that you are. Not only do we feel good on the inside, the benefits of sleep show on the outside as well. Our eyes look brighter, our skin more vibrant and our body language will be more inviting and approachable. Get a good night’s sleep before your photo shoot so your body and mind will be energised and beautiful!
7. Have fun! Remember to have fun during your portrait session! It's a time for you to relax and just be yourself. This may sound hard to do but the easiest way to make it possible is to hire a photographer who you like and feel comfortable with. Working together really is an exchange of energy and connection so having a great rapport is absolutely crucial to getting the results you want.