The Average Joe may not be aware that there is a certain amount of etiquette that goes with a professional photo shoot, whether we are talking about the client or the photographer. In this article, we will be discussing some of the more common dos and don’ts that come with photography, from the point of view of the client.
- · Do make sure you are clean and you look your best- this may include, if you wish, getting your hair done or hiring a make-up artist. Remember, you are paying for the photographer to represent you in the best possible way!
- · Don’t make the photographer spend hours in post-production, touching up your photos because you weren’t looking your best. Many photographers will be willing to do this work, but it may be an extra charge.
- · Do call in advance if you know you are going to be late.
- · Don’t assume it’s ok to be a little late- you are paying for their time, and having them wait without knowing if you are going to show up is a waste of their time.
- · Do your due diligence- research your photographer.
- · Don’t go into a shoot not knowing who they are. This way, if the photographer happens to forget about you after the shoot, you can follow them up yourself.
- · Do engage your photographer and/or make-up artist in conversation.
- · Don’t talk on your cellphone to your buddies while in the middle of make-up application or your photo shoot.
- · Do be clear about what you want and what you are expecting.
- · Don’t let your needs go unsaid, and don’t let the photographer bulldoze over them.
- · Do bring refreshments for yourself, especially if you are diabetic. It’s good to remember that camera lighting can get very warm.
- · Don’t make the photographer into your personal medic or hostess… A good photographer will often have refreshments anyway, but don’t rely on that fact.
When sitting for a photo shoot, whether it is for portraiture or your wedding, it’s good to know a thing or two about photo shoot etiquette. That way, you will be able to look after your own needs while being considerate of the needs of your photographer and make-up artist.