The job of a portrait photographer can be quite a chore at times. When things aren’t going your way, it could be really difficult to get the best results you expect from the photoshoot. A subject that feels/looks awkward in front of the camera can make life very difficult for the photographer. That’s why it is important to get your subjects to relax and act naturally during a photo shoot. There are many things to consider in this regard. This article provides information on how to get your clients to relax and act naturally during a photo shoot.
The location plays a big part in trying to get your clients to act naturally and relax during the project. You should find a place where everyone feels comfortable or a neutral place for the project. The place should be easy to adjust to, and the subject should feel at home at the location. Although you should find a location that corresponds to the theme and style of the shoot, make sure you speak to the client beforehand so that everyone will be comfortable and happy with your choice of location.
It is unlikely that everyone will feel comfortable on the set from the start. Hence, you should find a way to break the ice before starting the shoot. You should not be in a hurry to start the shoot. Spend at least half an hour talking something common with the client before you begin the shoot. It could be something simple as explaining how the client needs to behave on set or something totally unrelated to the shoot. However, it is important to break the ice before you begin the photo shoot. That will make your client relax and act naturally during the shoot.
Setting the tone for the shoot is another important step in the direction of relaxing your client on set. If the subject needs to look relaxed during the shoot, it is important to have him/her sit down and read a bit, sipping a nice cold drink while you set up the project. This will make him/her relaxed and ready for the photo shoot. On the other hand, if the subject needs to look energetic during the shoot, you can have them run around a bit or do some exercise until you set up the shoot.
Usually, you may have only the subject at the location with a smaller shoot. If the subject is not comfortable with having his/her photo taken, it could be a good idea to let a few of his/her friends come along. This can aid the subject to feel relaxed and act naturally during the photo shoot.