September 22, 2018
People experience a wide variety of anxieties and worries when it comes to photo sessions.
Will we look natural? Are our outfits okay? Will my significant other (or children) be cooperative? Does my hair look okay? Are we going to be on time? Am I going to feel uncomfortable? What shoes should I wear? What if I don’t like any of the photos? Is this going to be awkward? Is the photographer going to be awkward? What do I do with my hands?
The list goes on and is different for everyone.
However, it’s pretty normal for everyone to at least have a few concerns.
That’s why the client experience during the photo session is so important to me. I want my clients to feel comfortable and good while they’re in front of the camera. The majority of us are not models and do not stand in front of a camera professionally. Therefore, I understand it’s often a very self-conscious and unnerving experience. It is for me, too. Personally, I can suddenly become laser-focused on all my own insecurities which usually just ends up highlighting them in the photos more.
Ashley and Chris were no different than anyone else. They came to the photo session a little anxious about how it would turn out, but by the end of the session, I could read a little more calmness and confidence in their body language. It’s a big reason why I gift an engagement session to couples when they book a wedding package with me. The time we spend getting to know each other and working together helps develop some confidence and familiarity with how I work before we get to the “big day!” My hope is that the wedding day will go smoother and photography won’t be a source of anxiety for the bride and groom.
Ashley and Chris, thank you for driving all the way from Grand Junction for your engagement session! Thanks for placing your trust in me to capture who you are and your love for one another. Thank you for giving me the privilege to capture your wedding day and I am so excited for next May!