The Pre-Shoot Consult: 5 Reasons Why It’s So Important

why does my photographer require a pre-shoot consult?

I’m asked all the time if the pre-shoot consult is necessary. I get it… beaches are calling your name, you have friends to hang out with and colleges to tour, and your family wants to squeeze in a vacation before your last year of high school. There’s so many “must do” ways to spend your summer. Two hours with a photographer might be at the very bottom of your list.

Your senior pictures are a big deal.

The days leading up to your senior photos can be stressful! Almost all of my clients admit that they’re anxious before portrait day. Many have never been on the other side of a professional lens. This is the major reason why I started having pre-shoot consults years ago! Not only does it give me a chance to get to know you and your vision, I also get the opportunity to prepare you for the session, easing everyone’s nerves.

This initial meeting is usually only an hour of your time, and it can be the difference between a shoot that’s entirely you or one that doesn’t measure up to any of your expectations.

With that in mind, here’s five reasons why the pre-shoot consult is so, so important for having the perfect yearbook photo session:

  1. It’ll calm your nerves. It’s normal to be nervous about a photo shoot. You don’t know your photographer, and you might not know what to expect. Pre-shoot consultations make the process more relaxed. The key to getting the photos and the experience you want is to communicate with me and trust that I know how to make you look and feel your best during your portrait session. That’ll never happen if you wait until the day of to meet me! At the consultation, you’ll not only get some facetime with me, but I’ll also start to understand who you are and what you want.
  2. It’ll give you the chance to clarify your vision. This is a chance for you to hone in on what you’re looking for in your photos. Do you want the shoot to be inside or outside? Should the photos be professional portraits or in-the-moment candids? Do your parents want to step in for a family shot at the end? This meeting is an opportunity to communicate your ideas and expectations, and if you’re not sure, you can ask me for suggestions!
  3. It’s a great opportunity to brainstorm portrait session locations. There are so many wonderful backdrops in Southern Maine! Whether you’re looking for cobblestone streets, rocky beaches, brick walls, or grassy hills, our area has plenty of options. During the pre-shoot consult we can figure out the look you want and find the perfect place for the shoot.
  4. We’ll talk outfits… and other prep. You’re unique, and your photos should be too. To make the shoot truly your own, we’ll discuss skin prep, hair and makeup (it’s not the same as your everyday look), and your personal style (after all, you want these photos to reflect you, not an L.L. Bean ad). You’ll also learn how outfit choices can reflect your personality and help you feel confident and at ease during your shoot.
  5. Question Time! What else do you want to know? This is the time to ask any burning questions. Use this as a time to learn more about the shoot and what to expect. Remember: This is your experience. Don’t be afraid to ask more questions! We’ll also discuss the types products I offer and check out some samples. For example, if you really want an album, you can have it! And, if you love the triptych canvas display, this would be a great time to let me know, so that I can plan for the best shot while we’re out taking photos.

If you’re looking for a photoshoot that is personalized to you (and of course you are — that’s why you’re here!), the pre-shoot consult is a can’t-miss part of the process. It will help you get more familiar with your photographer, clarify your vision for the shoot, and turn your expectations into reality.

Convinced? Book a pre-shoot consultation with me here.