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preparation, collaboration, improvisation

career development loan nationwide The more I photograph people, the more I realize that a lot of folks have anxiety associated with having their pictures taken. Some people are shy. Some people don’t like to be the center of attention. Some people worry about where to put their hands or that they’re going to look like a dork. Some people had a bad experience with a photographer once and ended up with photos that didn’t look like themselves.

http://haflingersport.se/pq/60/1041.html auto loan processor job description When it comes down to it, I think it all boils down to not knowing what to expect. I always sit down with my clients and talk through what to expect to put their minds at ease, but I thought, why wait? I want to put your minds at ease now – even before you hire me! I don’t want your reason for not hiring me to be nerves, so let’s just nip that in the bud right now!

The way I approach a photo session involves three elements: http://bnroptions.top preparation, collaboration, and improvisation. I think this goes back to my theatre days when I would rehearse for a play for months, memorize my lines, collaborate with the director and other actors, and on opening night, I opened myself up to whatever happened in the moment. I learned that sometimes, the most amazing moments can’t be planned. Luckily, I am trained to notice them when they arise.

So in order to explain my process and what to expect, I’ve broken it down into the three elements. Now, keep in mind, your session will be tailored to you and your unique needs. But this is my general approach to most sessions.

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First, we will meet to get to know each other and see if we are a good match. We’re going to be spending a couple of hours of quality time together and I want to make sure that we are comfortable around each other. Comfort level is so important when it comes to portrait/family photography.

We’ll also discuss why you want photographs. Perhaps you want baby or family photos or headshots or publicity photos for your band. Or maybe you want some pretty photos to post on your online dating profile! I want to know your goals, so that I can help you achieve them. The lovely lady in this post wanted professional headshots, but she also wanted fun photos of herself, just being…well…herself!

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A successful photo session will involve a collaboration between me, you, and my camera. And the way to achieve that is through communication. During our initial meeting, we’ll chat about your style, what makes you tick, and how you like to spend your time. I may ask you some funny questions, but it’s all on a quest to “get” you. And the more I “get” you, the more the photos will “get” you. Get it?

Before the shoot, I’ll be in touch with you to decide on a photo location and talk about what to wear that day. I want you to feel most like yourself and more importantly, I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say, “Damn…I look goooood!”

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Here comes the fun part! This is when all of the preparation and collaboration pays off. Yes, I want you to have amazing photos when all is said and done, but I also want you to have a great experience getting the photos taken.

On the day of our photo session, we will ease into taking photos. I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable. It will be your job to just be yourself and it will be my job to capture your personality. If you’re nervous, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you to relax. Most of my “tricks” involve  laughter or me acting like a dork. There. Now you know my tricks.

As I’m taking photos, we will chat. It will be like we’re hanging out, except I’ll have a giant camera with me.  But before you know it, you’ll forget about the giant camera and realize that the camera is just an extension of me.

Every once in a while, I will ask you to move to a certain spot, lift your head, move your eyes, etc. And then we will return to talking, and I’ll keep snapping away. This approach will give you a nice mix of candid and posed shots. And it also means that the posed photos will appear spontaneous and not too stiff.

The bottom line is you will walk away with amazing photos. But it will be so much more than that. As one of my clients said about her session, it was “ income property equity loans half pure luxury and half wondrous investment in myself.” I mean, how often do you get an opportunity to do something like this for yourself? So I want you to enjoy it! I want you to be able to look at your photos for years to come and think back on that day fondly. Besides, the more you relax and enjoy the experience, the better the photos will be!

http://www.centurionexec.com/pd/29/461.html downey loan and savings Now, I want to hear from you! Tell me about your best photo session experiences and what made them enjoyable. Tell me what makes you nervous about being in front of a camera. And let me know if you have any other questions about my process or what to expect from a photo session. The more I hear from you, the better I will be able to serve you.

And if you’re ready to hire me, hop over to my services page for all the details or email me. I want to help you get the photos you’ve always dreamed of. I can’t wait to collaborate with you!

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Kate Courageous - July 22, 2010 - 8:47 pm

What makes me nervous? Hands down, my acne. I am still breaking out in my 30’s (though this has lessened considerably in the past 2 months, when I finally decided to give up refined sugar and have been sticking to that!). The best photo sessions I’ve had have been those where the photographer asked me beforehand what I needed from them–I appreciated being able to just speak into my self-consciousness and let go. πŸ˜‰ What a lovely post about your process!

darrah - July 23, 2010 - 3:37 am

Kate, thank you so much for your comment. I really like what you said about being asked what you needed from them. That provides a wonderful opportunity to share any concerns or hopes for the session.

I also want to thank you for sharing what makes you nervous. I recognize that is a real concern. I’m still breaking out in my 30’s, too, so I am super-sensitive to that. Just last week, I had a break-out and found a gray hair and an age spot on the same day! The humanity!

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