I liken my love of cameras to the way a vampire “likes” wooden stakes and garlic. I’ve realized for several years, though, that I needed to 1) update my photos and 2) get some professional photos taken. It was one of those items on my to-do list that got shoved to the bottom year after year, until recently when I met a photographer at a baby shower. We chatted over brunch and I worked up the nerve to blurt out, “Would you be willing to come to my house and take photos of me and some of Henrietta?” He said, yes and the rest is history.
We set up a date and time for the shoot then a day later I realized that the following week I was getting a hair cut and color so decided I’d rather wait until then. Called him, rescheduled and then tried to forget it was happening. The day loomed and I found myself awake at 5:30 am and the stress kicked in. Between the overwhelm of “what to wear” there was the thought of “should I be practicing a ‘better’ smile than I originally have?” Yes, I’d worked myself into a state of overwhelm.
The hunt for what to wear involved dragging out clothes I’d packed away for the summer to taking out, and trying on almost every shirt, blouse and sweater from my closet. My bedroom looked like a clothes bomb had exploded and it was a take no prisoners type of event. I eventually settled on what to wear for the outdoor shoot with Henrietta and the indoor shoot in my office.
Conquering the overwhelm of a photo shoot didn’t truly kick in until Jesse, of JC Photography arrived and the picture-taking was underway. Here are my tips for “surviving” a photo shoot:
- First and foremost, find a photographer who makes you feel comfortable. I’ve met photographers in the past and just had that feeling that I would not be comfortable.
- Find a photographer who is willing to work with you and accommodate the type of shots you need. For example, I needed “relaxed” shots with me and Henrietta and I wanted more professional shots inside my office for my non-pet writing.
- Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. If you don’t typically wear a blouse and suit jacket, then don’t wear that for your photo shoot. If you’re a work-from-home-but-can-get-dressed-up-for-networking type of person, then wear what you’d wear to a networking event.
- Don’t have photos taken in which the photographer airbrushes and manipulates the photo so much that when I see you in real life that I can’t quite connect the real you and the photo you.
- Realize that if you tend to smirk (as I apparently do) that isn’t a photo you need to put on your website or Facebook profile. The beauty of digital photography is that your photographer can show you the pics and you can give them a thumbs up or ask if he will take another.
- Have fun. Yes, it took me until almost the end of the photo shoot to realize that it was fun and in fact it was kind of nice to have the spotlight shining on me.
- Remember, these photos are for your business — no matter what type of business you’re in — and you should have the photo suit your profession. Hence, the photos of me and Henrietta for one site and me alone for my other site.
When is the last time you’ve had updated photos for your business?
(Pictured are two of the many shots that Jesse took during our photo shoot)