Abbey and Jordan’s engagement session is a stellar example of this. I felt like I really clicked with them, and their engagement session was a ton of fun!
Their photos truly, truly reflect who they are with each other. They went into their session with a pretty firm idea: they wanted their photos to be of them hanging out with each other and enjoying each others’ company. They told me this early in their session while I was directing them into a pose I had in my head. I immediately changed methods and worked on setting them up in good locations and letting them interact with each other, rather than directing them into specific poses.
Asking a photographer to change what they’re doing during a shoot can be uncomfortable. After all, the photographer’s the one for whom the shoot is routine work, who knows how this is supposed to go, and who are you to tell them differently? I know how this feels because I’ve been through this exact flow of thoughts when I’m the one in front of the camera.
But you know what? Your vision for your photos is important to me. You have every right to ask for exactly what you want and to ask me to change how I’m doing something. My primary goal is to make photos of you that you love. When you ask me to change up my workflow for you, I’m nothing but happy to do so.
Never be afraid of asking for what you want.