It’s that time of year again, or as I like to say, “Tis the season for Christmas Photography“. With Christmas coming upon us; families these days, still like to send Christmas Cards and adding a personal touch, by having professional pictures taken for them. This can be challenging and difficult at the same time.
About a month ago, I was contacted by a lady living in Valley Center, wishing to have some shots taken for their Christmas Cards. She said that she had some nice spots picked out around her house that she would like to use. She wasn’t quite sure about clothing, but with the weather the way it was; decided to go a little on the warmer side. I agreed and we set a date.
I arrived on-site and got a tour of the locations where we would be shooting. I asked about a couple of other locations, but she declined. I don’t normally force a shot; unless I think it would look good and then I asked to take one shot to show them. Here are a few additional tips:
- Agree on a location and keep an eye on the weather. (**Note: The weather does not always play nice and will change at random.**)
- Share sample poses ahead of time, so that they will see what looks good.
- Take some sample shots to get the camera setup.
- Have mom or dad lend a hand if the needs some encouragement or act as a MUA.
- Be patient especially with kids. Remember they will not last too long.
- The husband usually earns the money in the family; but the wife is usually in charge.
- Film is free, so don’t be afraid of taking a few extra shots.
All in all we had a good shoot, the family was extremely nice and flexible. I don’t like to monitor time too much; because it is their time and it’s not good for business to keep looking like you have another date; unless of course you do. In that case, just be honest and upfront and let the client know ahead of time.
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.