For the love of Shutter Pt. 1

As someone who really loves seeing the beauty through the eye of my lens it can be hard to throttle back the amount of images I capture. This is especially true since my shooting time is so limited (if you didn’t know I have a full time admin job, an insane hunger for learning, and a family complete with kids, husband, & dogs). So when I’m out at a session or just wandering around some of the beautiful places I see, I just can’t help taking pictures……LOTS of them.
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This is great for the experience of studying my work and eye value later, but not so great when I’m on a timed session or it’s time to pick and choose what to show, keep, and share.
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I think I may have a shutter addiction (don’t judge me, the struggle is real). My clients love the fact they have so many awesome and breathtaking photos to choose from, but for me picking favorites is a nail-biting, on the edge of your seat thriller.

As I get busier with appointments, I had to creat a set of rules to follow before, during, and after sessions. So here’s the first of three posts about what you can expect me to be doing so we can stay on track:

1. Define a clear vision that we want to get from the session. This happens in our scheduling conversation (if its a major session we might have several). Be clear about what you want your portraits to look like. If you don’t have an exact idea, we can create one that you’ll love together based on things you enjoy.
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2. Set a time-limit for each activity. If your session is a 2 hour beach photo shoot for your family and you want to change clothes once, there’s no worries about how we can time that (an hour in each outfit), but if you have a mini-shoot (generally 45 minutes) changing clothes is really not a great option. This being said, if you want a shoot that shows several different scenes, we have to allot for that as well. .facebook_1406151074757

What do you love about how your favorite photographer manages their sessions? If you’re the portrait artist, what are some of the things you do to keep control of your sessions?

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2 thoughts on “For the love of Shutter Pt. 1”

  1. Okay. So I have this idea for my one and only portrait and I would like you to photograph me. Would be great if you and I could plan a session. Looking forward to your thoughts. Love your work. I too feel the same way behind the camera…it takes time, a love of the art and a good eye for that perfect shot. Always a fleeting image. A lifetime of memories preserved.

    1. Thank you so much for the support! I would LOVE to take your portrait I just need to get myself down there to do it! <>Oh how I miss my island! It will happen I just need to plan a REAL vacation soon lol.

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