A little bit behind this shoot…
This is Abigail and Kitty. Can you tell which one of these two was at their first ever photo shoot?
If you can’t, that’s because this is a trick question, because neither of them had ever had a photo shoot before. Would you believe that more than half of the clients in the last 2 years have never had a professional photo shoot before working with me?
I’m not 100% sure why this is the case, but I’m also not complaining. I think it might have to do with my style, which is very classic, and boudoir-esque, and probably suits the girlfriend vibe that seems to be a common starting point for many of my clients as they begin developing their brands. It might also be because if you look around my website, you’d be hard pressed to pick out the first timers from the seasoned vets, because I'm great with giving directions.
Anyhow, there is a little bit of a story behind this post. Kitty and Abigail are friends in real life. Kitty was the initial point of contact, trying to book a shoot for the both of them towards the end of last year. However, for reasons unknown to me, Kitty dropped off the radar, but shortly after that Abigail contacted me about a shoot on her own.
I had no idea they knew each other until I rocked up to Abigail’s shoot, where I also got to meet Kitty. She explained that she was there not just to support her friend, who was understandably nervous about the shoot, but to also get an idea of what it would be like to work with me, because she was also nervous.
I told them both what I tell all my clients, that half of my clients are first timers just like they were, that I’m excellent with direction, that I would run the show, and that they had absolutely nothing to worry about. If you’re shooting with me, all you need are your outfits, hair and make up is optional, and to be present, preferably on time. I’m more than capable and happy to control everything else - where to stand, how to stand, what to do with those awkward hands, and so on. There’s nothing else to worry about once you arrive at the shoot.
At the beginning of the shoot I told Kitty by the time Abigail was finished, she was going to want to book in her shoot. At the end of the shoot, I asked Kitty what she thought, and she said we’d definitely be working together soon. And now we have!