Child, Baby, family and Maternity tips and tricks for the photographer – Knowing your clients needs | Somerset West Family Photographer

Child, Baby, family and Maternity tips and tricks for the photographer – Knowing your clients needs | Somerset West Family Photographer

Child, Baby, family and Maternity tips and tricks for the photographer – Knowing your clients needs | Somerset West Family Photographer

 

Child, Baby, family and Maternity tips and tricks for the photographer – Knowing your clients needs | Somerset West Family Photographer

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Your Client

The first step in the process of your shoot is your client. You will need to understand their needs as well as guide and advise your client on the process that follows.

Common questions from the client
• What are your prices and packages
• Would you suggest a studio or location shoot
• When is the best time to do a maternity shoot
• When is it best to do a newborn shoot
• My child is shy/overly active do you think you can still get good pictures
• What must I bring along
• What should we wear
• Can you do photoshop
• How long will it take to get the photographs

How you answer these questions will in part depend on your own style and level of photography, your ability in Photoshop and your own workflow and business set up. Always be honest and don’t promise something you can’t deliver!

 

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Understanding the Clients Needs and Ideas

Before you can correctly advise and guide your client or even prepare for the shoot yourself you need to understand what your client has in mind and why they are doing the shoot, and the dynamics of the family.
When first speaking to your client ask the following types of questions to gain the information you need….

1) Why are you doing the shoot? I.e. Are these images for family portraits only , a milestone such as a first birthday or for family gifts in mind.
2) Do you have a specific “look” or style in mind ie. Are you looking for pictures that are more formal or fun and casual.
3) Is the focus the family as a whole or just the children?
4) What ages are the children?
5) Are they looking for a minimalist and simple look or do they enjoy props such toys and outfits

 

Answers to the questions above help you to advise your client on how they can prepare for the shoot, goodies they may need to bring along and working around young children’s nap times.
You are welcome to contact me directly on janine@momentsandmemories.co.za for more information on the workshops that are run.

 

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