Coffee Talk: Things to do with Bored Kids

Coffee Talk: Things to do with Bored Kids

LET’S TALK WHAT DO WITH BORED KIDS! It’s summertime! The kids are out of school – how are we going to make it through the summer?! How many of you have ever had a kid come to you and say, “I’m bored”? In today’s Coffee Talk, we are going to give you some resources to help you keep your kids occupied this summer so you can get some work done! LET THEM BE BORED Have you ever noticed that kids have to get to a certain boredom point in order for them to become more creative? The first piece of really great advice is that sometimes the solution to bored kids is to do NOTHING and to let them get bored! When they are bored, that is when the magic happens. They start making things – Jamie’s son made about a million fidget spinners out of legos, and even some from things he found around the house. Kids also start having the funniest pretend play when they get super bored. They will go on crazy, fun adventures when they are only given the chance to start using their imagination!  EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES The summer should be mostly about play, but it is a good idea for kids to maintain the skills they left school with. Summer workbooks are great for them to sit down and work on for about an hour a day throughout the summer. This is a great way for them to use their brains before they are outside for the rest of the day.  We have tried out some educational websites for the kids to work on...
Coffee Talk: Dealing with Kids

Coffee Talk: Dealing with Kids

LET’S TALK KIDS! What happens when you are trying to take pictures of a family, and the kids are completely unruly?! The whole time you are wondering if you are even going to get a good picture. We have already talked with how to help out the disgruntled dad, now it is time to talk about photographing kids without everyone losing their cool. We have a list a mile long of how many times we have met with some really unruly kids during our photo shoots. It’s completely normal to come up against a tough kid, because what kid really wants to have their pictures taken by a complete stranger?! TALK TO THE PARENTS The first thing you should do before a family photo shoot is to talk with the parents. Let them know that you will be worrying about getting the kids to smile and behave during the shoot. The worst thing is when the kids are being unruly, and the parents are trying to get the kids to pay attention, and then when the kids do smile the parents are not smiling! Talking with the parents beforehand let’s them know that they do not have to worry or stress about how their kids are behaving. They will enjoy the session and the pictures so much more when it’s your job to handle the kids instead of their’s. LET’S HAVE SOME FUN A great idea to get everyone smiling and having a good time is to start off your session without the camera. Just start playing with the kids, and get the parents involved. This helps the kids warm...
Coffee Talk: Dealing with the Difficult Dad

Coffee Talk: Dealing with the Difficult Dad

LET’S TALK DEALING WITH THE DIFFICULT DAD! This month we are talking about when things do not go smoothly during and after your photo shoots. So, there will be many types of dads that you will meet at your family photo shoots, and not all of them are the easiest to photograph. Today we are talking about what to do when the dad is kind of grump, and maybe he is even cramping your style. THE DADS So, you have got the dad who does not want to be there, and the dad who seems uncomfortable with his own kids. There is the dad who is super negative, and the dad who rushes everybody and gets annoyed with his kids. There is even the dad who is ready to go before he even gets there, and the disciplinarian, serious dad. When you get these dads showing up to a family photo shoot, it could be difficult to capture a fun memory for this family. WHAT YOU CAN DO Being assertive, giving direction, and making the family photo shoots flow is important for most dads. In the first couple of minutes you can feel out the dad to see if he wants to be there or not. If the dad does not want to be there, he can be almost as challenging as the kids. So, you have got to be on top of everything, and make sure that you get it all done within the hour. GETTING DAD TO RELAX AND HAVE FUN Start the session off by telling the parents that you will control the kids. Let them...
Coffee Talk: Dealing with Seniors or Moms with Low Self Confidence

Coffee Talk: Dealing with Seniors or Moms with Low Self Confidence

LET’S TALK DIFFICULT CLIENTS! Have you ever had a difficult client? The photo shoot was so much fun, the lighting was great, the location was amazing, and the weather was perfect. But, your client does not like how she looks in any of the pictures… What do you do?! This could be a senior or a mom, because as women, we all struggle with different issues. What can we do so that our clients can embrace who they are?! We are going to talk about ways to help your clients look and feel their best before, during, and after their photo shoots.   PRE-PREP STEPS The biggest confidence boost you can give your seniors, boudoirs, or moms is offering professional hair and makeup for their photo shoots. Whenever we get our professional pictures taken we always get our hair and makeup done – and boy do we look and feel beautiful! Having a professional do your clients’ hair and makeup will automatically give them a major boost in confidence.  A great tip is to show up towards the end of their hair and makeup session and ask them how they are feeling and if they like how they look. This gives them the chance to be 100% happy with their hair and makeup. Also, have a talk with your senior or your mom about hair and makeup, because if they are particular about the way their hair is done, maybe they just want their makeup done and vice versa. Have a Pinterest board of posing ideas and what to wear during the shoot. Posing tends to be the more awkward...
Coffee Talk: Creating Social Media Content

Coffee Talk: Creating Social Media Content

LET’S TALK SOCIAL MEDIA! How many of you sit down at your computer and say, “what should I post?” or “I have not done a photo shoot recently, so I don’t have anything to post”? Well, today we are talking about creating SOCIAL MEDIA content! We are going to talk about if we should be accepting friend requests from our clients, what not to post on social media, and also what you can post besides photo sessions.   DO WE FRIEND OUR CLIENTS? When a client sends you a friend request, ACCEPT! We feel like any way we can stay connected to our clients is great. Accepting a friend request from a client on Facebook or Instagram is just another point of contact that they will have with you. By being their “friend” on social media, you will be able to congratulate them on a business promotion, or like a picture of their children, or see when they post a picture that you have taken. We have this benefit of being able to communicate with them on a regular basis. 3 THINGS NOT TO DO ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 1 – Do not be controversial with your posts. Your business page is not the place to post about anything that might cause controversy. Clients’ personal views should not stop you from having a photo shoot with them, but it might stop them from choosing you. 2 – Do not just post your sessions. There is more to you as a person than just photo sessions. Posting sessions is important, but you need to posting other things (keep reading to find out what!) 3...
Coffee Talk: Awkward Moments

Coffee Talk: Awkward Moments

LET’S TALK AWKWARD MOMENTS WITH CLIENTS! All month we are talking about social media! “My client didn’t give me credit!“ This happens very often! Today on Coffee Talks we are talking about what happens when you do not get credit for your work. When we do not get the credit, we feel like “this is my work! I want you to credit me!” We get the fact that it can feel offensive. BUT, here’s the thing – your clients probably did not do it intentionally!   DO NOT GET ANGRY OR OFFENDED Everybody gets angry and offended when somebody does not give them the credit for something they have done. You get fired up. BUT, let’s take a deep breath, and know that your client did not do that on purpose and did not know it would be offensive to you. If they are not a business owner, or especially a photographer, they do not realize that proper etiquette is that you give credit to the photographer who took the photos. So, many of our clients have no idea that they should be tagging and/or crediting their photographer’s work. Especially when they have purchased the digital files – to them, they own these pictures, so they are just posting them. DO NOT BE AGGRESSIVE OR PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE So, how do we handle it when clients do not give us credit for the pictures we took? DO NOT MESSAGE THEM! If you do message them, they will never book you again, and they will not tell their friends (anything good) about you. What should you do? Comment (nicely) on the photos that your...