Things your Photographer wishes you knew!

1.)    Trust me!

Hopefully you chose me to be your photographer because you like my work. When you try to tell me how to pose us or where we should stand or ask to see pictures on my camera it seems like you don’t trust me and instantly kills all ideas and inspiration. I’m good at this, trust me!

2.)    Your kids are normal!

I see it all the time. Nothing makes parents more irritated than seeing their children act up  or get a little hyper during a photoshoot. But let me tell you something… ALL KIDS DO IT! Honestly, I love the challenge of exciting them enough to get some authentic smiles yet at the same time getting them calm enough to look at the camera when its time for pictures!

3.)    Timing is everything.

By timing… I mean the time of day. Those glowy pictures? They don’t happen at noon. The best time for portraits is early in the morning or later into the day. Even if you are in the prettiest location, harsh light on a sunny day will completely ruin it. We photographers are constantly looking for the best light. If you have your outdoor pictures scheduled for 1 pm, we inwardly cringe wondering if we will be able to find a shaded area so that the lighting won’t be too harsh. Work with your photographer and talk about timing for family portraits. We are happy to help chat about the timeline for the day to ensure enough time for pictures and to work with the best light.

4.)    Dads, be nice to me and your family.

We know this isn’t on your list of most fun things to do in the world but its one hour (or less) and you’re here anyway so we should make the best of it. Dad’s attitude can make or break the photo shoot. You help mom and the kids to relax when you show a little love and relax yourself. I promise I will make the shoot as quick and painless as possible!

5.)    Please don’t joke about my pricing.

When you imply that a photographers prices are too high, you make us feel like our work isn’t worth it. There are so many parts of running a business that you probably aren’t aware of: taxes, studio fees, equipment, website fees, traveling… just to name a few. Plus the hours and hours spent editing and sifting through pictures so you get JUST the right one…. Running a small business has a lot of costs involved so lets continue on with your session pleasantly.

6.)    GIVE ME FEEDBACK!

I get so nervous before your sessions. Its not just you! By the time I’ve chatted with you about your session, spent an hour or so with you, loved on your children, and relived the session through all of my editing…I’m invested. I’m literally waiting on pins and needles to hear some feedback from you about your finished pictures.  

2.)    Your kids are normal!

I see it all the time. Nothing makes parents more irritated than seeing their children act up  or get a little hyper during a photoshoot. But let me tell you something… ALL KIDS DO IT! Honestly, I love the challenge of exciting them enough to get some authentic smiles yet at the same time getting them calm enough to look at the camera when its time for pictures!

3.)    Timing is everything.

By timing… I mean the time of day. Those glowy pictures? They don’t happen at noon. The best time for portraits is early in the morning or later into the day. Even if you are in the prettiest location, harsh light on a sunny day will completely ruin it. We photographers are constantly looking for the best light. If you have your outdoor pictures scheduled for 1 pm, we inwardly cringe wondering if we will be able to find a shaded area so that the lighting won’t be too harsh. Work with your photographer and talk about timing for family portraits. We are happy to help chat about the timeline for the day to ensure enough time for pictures and to work with the best light.

4.)    Dads, be nice to me and your family.

We know this isn’t on your list of most fun things to do in the world but its one hour (or less) and you’re here anyway so we should make the best of it. Dad’s attitude can make or break the photo shoot. You help mom and the kids to relax when you show a little love and relax yourself. I promise I will make the shoot as quick and painless as possible!

5.)    Please don’t joke about my pricing.

When you imply that a photographers prices are too high, you make us feel like our work isn’t worth it. There are so many parts of running a business that you probably aren’t aware of: taxes, studio fees, equipment, website fees, traveling… just to name a few. Plus the hours and hours spent editing and sifting through pictures so you get JUST the right one…. Running a small business has a lot of costs involved so lets continue on with your session pleasantly.

6.)    GIVE ME FEEDBACK!

I get so nervous before your sessions. Its not just you! By the time I’ve chatted with you about your session, spent an hour or so with you, loved on your children, and relived the session through all of my editing…I’m invested. I’m literally waiting on pins and needles to hear some feedback from you about your finished pictures.