I know that many bloggers are totally cool with being on their blog, but I find it a little weird to be on my own blog. I think that that probably says more about me than anything, but I’m not great at editing photos with people in it, me or otherwise. However, one of my best friends is an amazing photographer and when I saw that she was offering half hour mini sessions, I knew that I had to jump on it. This isn’t a post on how to actually take the photos, but rather how to be the person IN the photos- a skill unto itself!
Know Your Photographer
Tiffany is a local photographer, and one of my best friends! I know that most people may not know a photographer personally, but try and get to know your photographer before your session. I found that I was nervous about it all (I have no idea how to be a model) but knowing the photographer made the world of difference. I didn’t have to worry what the photographer thought of me or dealing with a new person in a stressful situation, I was able to relax and chat with a friend. (I’m guessing it led to better pictures! I mean, I don’t have a comparison picture with a photographer I don’t know, but that’s my educated guess.) I would try and find someone through friends or family, and if possible, meet them for coffee and get a feeling for them!
Be Open to Directions
My biggest fear about this shoot was that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself- thankfully, Tiffany is super talented and was able to pose me in ways that didn’t make me look like a partially humanoid robot. She came up with a lot of interesting poses that led to some of my favourite pictures from the shoot! Your photographer will know how to get the best shots of you and of your surroundings (also important), so trust them and be open to directions. I also asked a lot of questions; if I wasn’t sure what to do with my hands (or legs or any part of me), I just asked. Better to ask questions and end up with photos that you love!
Think of Your Location
Really think of your location before your shoot- if you are outside, what kind of terrain will you be on? Is there going to be snow or leaves on the ground? Wind? Puddles? What you wear can greatly affect your photo-shoot and the resulting photos, so give it some thought. Pay close attention to the weather, especially if you are at a transitional time in the year! It was a gorgeous fall day, and I enjoyed the warm weather- it did mean that I had to plan my outfit so that I wouldn’t be too hot and sweaty. Also, if you know your location and want a particular shot, let your photographer know! They want to give you the photos that you want, so help them with that.
Check the Weather
Make absolutely sure that you check the weather if you want outdoor photos- it can affect your outfit, the lighting, the actual setting, and even cancel it if it isn’t behaving. (Our first shoot was cancelled due to so much hail and rain that it looked like snow on the September long weekend…) Because it was a casual shoot for me, I wasn’t too bothered about strict scheduling, but make sure you discuss rain dates with your photographer before the shoot. I wouldn’t say you definitely need something set in plan, but ensuring that there is an alternative in the case of bad weather can go a long way to easing stress!
All photos in this post were taken by the fantastically talented Tiffany Eickenberg, and if you are looking for a Winnipeg photographer, I can’t recommend her enough!!
Have you had blog photos taken? Any tips for the rest of us on posing??