How to Handle Certain Types of Photographer

by shelbysawyer



Here’s another older post that someone might find interesting:

Having your picture taken is an exciting event! It can also be a little confusing too if you don’t know what to expect or what to do. Some photographers give a lot of direction, but others have you wing it, so to say. So what does a fine model like yourself do?

If your photographer is too pushy:

-Assert yourself (unless you have no complaint on the “pushy-ness”). If the photographer is being too demanding, then maybe he needs a little reminder of who is really in charge; YOU! He is here to please you! You are paying HIM! That’s the bottom line.

-Request a break. I will admit, as a photographer, I get excited and caught up in the moment. You are doing a great job, and I get trigger happy. This is great, but it can also be exhausting. Ask to take five so both you and the photographer can calm down and relax. This should “tame the beast” if you will.

If your photographer offers NO direction:

-Once again assert yourself. Sometimes it isn’t the photographer’s style to direct. We all know that candids bring out the most personality, so if you’re getting no direction that doesn’t mean you aren’t getting some good shots. If it puts you at ease to know what to do with your hands, then just ask. I’ve never heard of an instance where the photographer gets upset about this. After all, he is here for you.

-Ask to see the pictures (if it is a digital camera). This is a big deal. Some photographers can be touchy on this issue, but if you’re getting no direction, then you need to know that you’re at least getting your money’s worth.

A good rule of thumb before any photoshoot is to do your homework. If you know what you want, then it will be easier to tell your photographer exactly what you’re looking for. Looking through magazines and online are good resources. Plus celebrities are always getting portraits by top photographers, so I’m sure recreating a look would not be a big deal because it obviously works.

Always, always, ALWAYS try to talk to your photographer beforehand. Do this whether or not you have an idea of what you want or not. If anything let the photographer know what you don’t want if you don’t know what you do want. Talking to him gives both you and your photographer an idea of where you both stand. This also gives the photographer a chance to let you know about any special props he might have to better reach your vision.