So, you’ve contacted me by whichever means and enquired about a portrait shoot. Where do we go from here? The ‘consultation’ is first on the list. This takes the form of an in depth chat, at your home or over a coffee in town, the choice is yours. The consultation serves several functions for me, namely:
1. It introduces me to the cliemt, human or animal.
2. It allows both parties to go through the 'fineries' of the proposed shoot.
3. It gives the client the chance to put forward any ideas they may have regarding the shoot.
4. We can discuss possible locations for the shoot. Pros and cons.
5. The date of the shoot is booked, thus securing my services for the session.
The Introduction is an important part of the consultation as both parties can get to know each other and gives me the chance to gauge the character the sitter. This is especially important as it gives me a ‘head start’ regarding how I will approach the shoot.The fineries of the shoot will include such things as: will there be any changes of clothing? How the pictures will look. i.e. formal or informal. How long it may take for each shot if changes are required. This needs to be borne in mind as the shoot is booked by time. Following on from the above, the client puts forward any ideas they have regarding how the finished images will be displayed for instance. If you are having a wall canvas made from one of the images, bear in mind the wall it will be displayed on. This sounds irrelevant, but the colour and style of clothing can elevate a wall portrait from good to an exquisite talking point. This then brings us on to the location/s. If the weather is bad on the day of the shoot, an alternative date will have to be set, or we could move indoors using the client’s home as a studio. Obviously, if an indoor shoot is planned, we can move outdoors if the weather is fine. In other words, I’m able to adapt to the conditions and ‘go with the flow’ so to speak. The final bit of the consultation is the business part. The booking is made and the deposit is paid which guarantees my services for the booked day and time. That’s it until the day of the shoot. Obviously, if the sitter has any further ideas etc. they are welcome to contact me to discuss them of course. Then, on the day of the shoot, or maybe the day before, I shall contact the client to make sure everything is ok for the session to go ahead. I try and make the session itself loose and relaxed as I believe this helps to bring out the best in the subject. Be it indoors or outdoors, formal or informal fun is the keyword. So there you have it, a general run through of what goes on when you contact me regarding a photographic shoot.