Why going to the hair dressers made me a better photographer
The other day I walked into a hairdressers recommended by my mother-in-law. By the time I’d left, I sported a spanking new hair cut, a warm fuzzy feeling and a clutch of gift vouchers. I enjoyed my experience so much, I booked a repeat appointment for the autumn. This is a unique for me, normally I’m the client that hides behind a trashy novel avoiding eye contact. So what changed? The hair technician did 3 simple things:
o listened to what I really wanted
o expressed a real interest
o remembered my mother-in-law
Share why you want your portrait taken?
When I met with L. for her lifestyle shoot you could feel the crisp autumn air and the trees were changing their leaves to a burnished orange. As we chatted, L. told me all about her friends studying drama at Greenwich, her hopes to join them in the new year and her naughty little brother. Our life stories surround us every day – on twitter, facebook and instagram. We tell stories, exaggerate them and share them – it’s who we are. This is key to presenting yourself naturally in front of the camera – by sharing what you really want you’re guaranteed to create images that tell your story.
o Tell the photographer where you want to hang your prints.
o Share what you want people to say when they see your images.
o Would you like mostly close-ups, full body shots or both?
How I’ll look after you
Just like my visit to the hairdressers, I want you to leave feeling exhilarated. I care that you’ve had the best possible experience, right from the first moment you contact me to the session, presentation and delivery of images. So that you too leave happy with your experience and recommend me to your mother-in-law.