Being pregnant, it one of those special time in a couple life; it’s a celebration of a life being born. What are Pregnancy Announcement Photos? These are pictures taken to announce a baby’s sex. Sometimes, couple will make a game of it, and have a party, where they will all find out together. Usually, best friend will know the babies sex from the doctor; but the couple will not and will find out at the actual party. So, the other day I was contacted by a woman looking to have some baby pictures done. I agreed and I sent over some pictures of sample poses that I thought she may like. She in tern replied with maternity pictures, which I thought was a bit odd. As the day grew closer, I decided to ask her why she had sent those types of pictures and she explained that she was pregnant and had not delivered yet. She wanted some pictures to announce to her friends and family the gender of her soon to be bundle of joy. I am glad that I asked; otherwise it would have been a bit embarrassing to say the least. Here are a few additional tips that may help you:
- Remind the client/model to get plenty of rest, so that he or she will look refreshed and you won’t have to spend hours clearing bags and crow’s feet. (**Note: This may be an issue because of circumstance. **)
- If the area is close and you have not been there before, preview the area, at the exact time that you will be shooting. Take a camera with you, so that you know where and how to shoot.
- Also, send a little reminder to the client the day before of the shoot day and time, as sometimes people can be forgetful.
Agree to everything up front. Do not leave any lose ends, as the day of the shoot may come and you cannot agree on the form of the payment, how you will deliver the photos, or his/her expectations.
- Remember, the customer is always right, within reason. (**Note: If the client would like to try something different and it’s not too dangerous. Do it! **)
- One of my favorites phrases, “Be Prepared”. Clean and inventory your equipment the day before. You don’t want to arrive on location, just to find out that your lenses have seen better days or that you forgot to bring extra batteries.
- Arrive to the location 15 to 20 minutes early, in case you need to do any last-minute paperwork or changes.
- Be ready to shoot once you arrive on-site. You don’t want to be installing memory cards and batteries when you arrive. I even get to the point of setting up the camera such as the ISO, Speed, and Aperture. (**Note: You can always make minor tweaks when you get there. **)
- Make sure that client looks his or her best, with both hair and make-up. Allow the client a few extra minutes time, for composure.
- Relax, be friendly, and remember to smile. People like working with happy people and you will feel better too.
One thing that I like to stress is that film is free. Clients sometimes worry about the number of pictures you will be taking and it puts his or her mind at ease knowing that we could take a few extra shots, if needed. I don’t like to look at my watch, because this is their time and I don’t want to take away from their experience.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.