So, you've booked the perfect photographer to give you what you're looking for, you've paid your invoice, and you have a date set. You get ready, you're looking and feeling great, and that's all you need in order to create a successful and pleasant experience all around, right? Wrong.
Your photographer is a professional (I hope) and will do everything to make you feel confident and comfortable, and we are usually pretty relaxed and flexible people... However, there are a few things that you can do, as well, to make sure that things go smoothly and no toes get stepped on.
1. Don't be late
It's not about the photographer, though of course being on time is preferred and courteous, we are relatively flexible. Most of us make our own schedules and are sure to leave plenty of wiggle room. The real issue is that being late can cause YOU unnecessary stress. We want you calm, relaxed, and feeling good during your shoot. Often stress will show in your eyes. Also, the later you are, the less time you will have to get good quality pictures because while we do leave wiggle room to keep things slow and get too creative, you don't want to push it too far. The photographer may have other appointments or may have booked your time for the specific lighting. Golden Hour is often used to get the best natural light just before sunset, and if you are late, you could miss it. Plan for potential traffic, find parking and pre-pack any needed supplies. Any pre-shoot appointments such as hair & makeup should be scheduled earlier in the day and not directly before your portraits.
2. Don't expect perfection, go with the flow
Whether it's a portrait session or a family shoot, you can't go in with a pre-scripted experience in mind. It's a wonderful, and often helpful, idea to go in with a few poses or specific shots in mind,