Grace Costa | 2017 March 14
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March 2017

How To Make People Feel Comfortable

I’ve been a portrait photographer for over 10 years. I’d like to share some tips with you about the small things you can do to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. This is a skill in itself, which takes practice. If you are new to portrait photography, why not try these tips on your friends and family until it becomes second nature.

1. Make conversation. Start with small talk, get deeper as you get to know the person you are photographing. Start by asking how they are feeling- some people are quite nervous when getting their portrait taken. Acknowledging this is part of the process, tell them “Don’t worry we are going to have a great time, I’ll make it as painless as possible”.

2. Make it swift and painless. People don’t like to be asked to pose all day long, especially if they are not used to it. The process should be fun, but some find it tiring, so try and only shoot what you need without going over the top or dragging it out.  It is important to give your client regular breaks whilst during the shoot.

3. Give clear direction to your subject. Some people can be awkward or even embarrassed in front of the camera unless you are a pro model you will not instinctively know what to do. People always say to me “what do I do with my hands”?  As a photographer, you have to think two steps ahead, and know what you want from the subject: Tell them where to place their hands, and body, where you need them to look, when you want them to relax and be playful or any minor direction. This makes the difference between a good portrait and a great portrait!  It’s your job as the photographer to make the client feel at ease, and trust that you have the skills & techniques to ensure the most flattering image will be created for them.

4. Sneak peak. It doesn’t hurt to show your client a preview of their images from the back of the camera to put their mind at ease. This will encourage them to continue to give you great shots as you move through the shoot.

5. Explain what you are trying to achieve as you commence the shoot, and during the shoot, it can help your subject feel more connected and understand the shoot process.  The client also has the opportunity to contribute their input so it can be a collaboration of both your ideas. It is not just a one-way street!

There you have it, I hope these tips help you on your next shoot. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or send me an email grace@gracecosta.com

5 Reasons You Need A Business Portrait

Business portraits are my main passion in my business. I specially enjoy working with creative entrepreneurs to help them project themselves as the creator in their business. Here I will share with you my top 5 reasons why you need to put a face to your business right now!

  1. Show your potential clients who you are. People like to connect to a face, as well as your written content. Therefore your face is the most powerful icon on your website and your professional portrait should be creating that positive first impression.
  2. Use your new portrait over digital and print media. It will be useful for all profile pictures:  Linked In, Facebook, Website, Instagram, Forum profiles, Twitter- the list goes on! Don’t forget you can have different images for different platforms, and with my specialised sessions I will capture many different looks for you to choose from. Some examples could include: an image of you naturally laughing, a serious but friendly look, a candid shot of you looking away from the camera, even a fun image of you doing something fun if that suits your business essence.
  3. Project a professional appearance.  It makes sense to portray your professionalism with a current and relevant portrait of yourself as the entrepreneur or businessperson and show you have professional standards. After all, you are running a professional business, right?
  4. Take your business seriously. Making a small financial investment in a professional portrait shows that you take your business seriously and are willing to put yourself forward before the client has had the chance to meet you. If your headshot isn’t professional, it doesn’t help people warm to you, it doesn’t inspire confidence in you, it doesn’t help people trust you.
  5. Connect. By including a professional business portrait on your website, social media and everywhere you are represented online, the more likely people are to reach out to ask you about you, your business, your products.

If you would like to book to have your business portraits taken by me please contact me on 0403593548 basic package starts at $550, or drop me a line at grace@gracecosta.com to receive my package details for your consideration.