A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post with 5 tips to step out of your comfort zone and rock a photoshoot. You can check it out here if you haven’t already. Today I’m going to share what I think is the number one way to feel comfortable during your shoot. And it’s not what you might think it is.

The #1 way to feel comfortable during your photoshoot is to pick the right photographer for you. You could have everything else planned out on your own —  your wardrobe, your stories, your locations, all of it — but if you don’t connect with your photographer, the whole thing is just going to feel mostly awkward and forced and that will likely show up in your images. A photographer can have a lot of great technical skills but they also need to be highly skilled at connecting with you. And that connection is both energetic and practical. Your overall experience is also going to play a role in you feeling comfortable and again it’s the photographer’s job to provide an experience that you can relax into and enjoy.

Ok, so how do you find the right photographer for you?

Get referrals from friends who have had a photoshoot.
Ask them not only about the photos but about the photographer’s personality and the whole process and experience. Did they communicate everything clearly? Did the plan the session well? How much guidance did they offer? What was their personality like?

Read the testimonials for photographers you’re drawn to.
If you don’t see anyask the photographer if they have any.

Look at photographers’ portfolios and make sure their style matches what you’re thinking about.
And that style includes not only their images but the tone in their messaging.

Contact the photographer for a brief call or meeting to chat about your needs.
Ask them about their process, how they work, how are they going to make you feel comfortable. Tell them your concerns. Many photographers offer free consultations for this very thing.

Listen to your intuition.
How does it feel to think about working with this person? Do you feel like they get you? Do you feel an honest and down to earth connection?

I love offering tips so look for more in the future.  In February I’m going to be doing a series of posts on how to use the images you get from a shoot.

Thinking about a personal photoshoot? Let’s have that chat to see if I’m the right fit for you!