ENHANCE YOUR PORTRAITS with better stories.
In the 7th grade I was voted most likely to "become a court stenographer" for note writing abilities. OKAY - it was more-so because I spent so much time passing them, that it was a distraction to the teacher BUT... I shared some big feelings nonetheless.
I'm going to show my age here but those REALLY were the days (am I right?!)! Back before cellphones were in every child's pocket, we had to scribble down our secrets and childhood crushes. We thought intentionally about what we were writing because anyone could read it in the passing.
What stories are your portraits telling?
"We don't take life too seriously."
"We are comfortable with each other."
"We love her sass."
Here are THREE ways you can tell better stories with your imagery:
- ASK BETTER QUESTIONS. You should be asking questions of your clients to get to know them: who they are, what's important to them, what habits or routines they have, etc. The better the questions, the more intimately you know them. I don't just desire to know how old my clients are or their names. And since I'm being really honest, I'm calling parents by "Mom" or "Dad" or the child's preferred name for the session any way. I want to know what shaped them as parents. Were there hard moments or years? Triumphs, loss, or exceptionalities? What is your bedtime routine and what do you want to remember the MOST in this moment right now? What's driving you crazy about this age and what can't you get enough of?
- INCORPORATE "PROPS" THAT ARE OF IMPORTANCE and build your session around them. Example: Mom is a talented knitter and also handmade this quilt for her daughter. These are priceless to this family and unlike any other.
- FOCUS ON FAMILY. Stop thinking of sessions as a photoshoot, and start framing it in the mindset of an experience. What can you do to make it fun and memorable for them? Are they a dancing family? Like jokes? Is Dad nervous? My "shot list" is just a suggestion. I follow the lead of the family in every session. Never be afraid to ask "what can I do to make this fun for you?"
HOW DID THIS HELP?
If you implement any of these, I'd love to know if they are helpful and how! Find me on Instagram at: Instagram.com/samanthaannphoto and let's connect!