Earlier, I mentioned how getting to know my clients better is a goal of mine in business. Somehow, I’ve been blessed to serve some pretty amazing clients, and I regret that I haven’t had more time to get to know them deeper and spend more time with them!
Building genuine connections with clients is so important. If I’m going to point a camera at you, you need to trust me. Being in front of a camera is a vulnerable, intimidating place. And believe me – being behind the camera photographing someone you don’t know is just as intimidating. My mind is a MESS of wondering, “Am I making them comfortable? Do they like me? Do they trust my abilities? Are they feeling awkward? Am I talking too loud? Too softly? Are my jokes falling or failing? Oh shoot, the wind just blew her hair out of place… does she care? Do I tell her? Or do I keep shooting?”
Yeah… lots going on up in the noggin! That’s why the “getting to know you” process is so important for me. It helps both of us relax, and makes our session feel more like a hangout between friends rather than a formal photo shoot. So here are a few ways I try to build real relationships with my clients.
I’m sure there are more ways I can get better at building relationships with clients. If there is a specific way you love to connect with your wedding vendors / people you do business with, I’d love to know! Drop your ideas in the comments… what is something photographers can do to make you more comfortable and help you enjoy your photo session more?
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