Coffee Talk: How to Deal with Bad Weather During a Session

Coffee Talk: How to Deal with Bad Weather During a Session

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER! In this series of Coffee Talks, we have been talking about not so fun situations that are thrown at us as Photographers. Today we are talking about the weather. This is kind of a funny topic, because the weather is weather – whatever, right?! But, for Photographers, the weather can really set the stage for how the photo shoot will go. The weather can be so unpredictable, especially in the Spring and Fall. We are here to give some photo shoot advice on how to handle a situation when the weather is not so ideal, whether to cancel the photo shoot or not, and how to stay positive even in the most dreary days. So, how’s the weather? WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS So, you have planned a photo shoot for a specific day and time, then what happens? You check your phone and it looks like rain is coming. What do you do?! As a professional, you do not want to cancel a photo shoot unless it is absolutely necessary, especially during your busy seasons! Our advice is to wait to cancel until the last minute, because the rain might either hold off or never come. Keep in contact with your clients about the situation before the shoot. If you have to cancel, reschedule that day. Something to keep in mind, is to keep certain days open in your schedule, just in case you need to reschedule a photo shoot. There are definitely times when you need to know when it is time to reschedule. You need to be professional enough to make...
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...
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...
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!)...
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...
Coffee Talk: Social Media Platforms

Coffee Talk: Social Media Platforms

  LET’S TALK SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS! This month we will be talking all about Social Media for photographers! Today we are talking about PLATFORMS: which social media platforms you should be using, how many platforms you should be on, and who you are reaching on each platform – feeling overwhelmed yet?! Don’t worry! We are here to help you sort it all out.     FIRST THINGS FIRST – WHY CAN’T WE JUST USE ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS?! There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChap, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest….and the list goes on. We could technically be doing them all. But, here is the same advice we give when photographing: if you photograph everything, then you can’t do everything well. The same is true with social media. If we are doing everything, we can’t do anything to it’s fullest. If we spread out our time and energy to all social media platforms, we quickly water down everything we say, we water down our efforts, we become ineffective, and we burn ourselves out. WE HAVE TO KNOW TWO THINGS: 1 – We have to know what each platform is for, who it’s for, and who is on that platform. 2 – We have to know who we are talking to. For example: If you are a Senior Photographer, your client is the senior or the mother. If you are a Family Photographer, your client is NOT the husband, it’s the wife. Figure out which platform caters to who, and who you are wanting to reach.  KNOWING YOUR TARGET MARKET IS THE FOUNDATION OF DEFINING YOUR BUSINESS. You need to be paying attention...