How to Prepare for a Photo Session

Don Hajicek

Many people assume that being photographed is an exercise in loss of control. They show up, let the photographer use them as “just another prop” and then wait to see how the photos turn out.

Conversely, there are people who believe that to get the results they want from being photographed, they must control everything that the photographer does during a session. They show up, micro-manage the photographer, and then wait to see how the photos turn out.

Neither of these approaches ensures success, and in my opinion both approaches make failure more likely, not less.

In a perfect world, there is a deep collaboration between photographer and subject, and this is what I strive for. However, I also realize that it isn’t always possible—or even plausible—to make every instance of being photographed a collaboration.

I’ve now conducted more than 1,000 photo sessions for more than 700 clients. I’m proud of the fact that 99.9% of these people hire me in spite of their deep fear or general dislike of being photographed. I’ve found that the key to getting the best results my clients lies in doing everything I can to help them prepare for their session; I want to empower you to control what you can… and to let go of the rest.

This course reflects the processes I have used to help these clients discern what results they want and then step boldly toward getting those results when they step in front of the camera.

Calming Your Nerves

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