I think one of the biggest challenges that seasoned photographers face is continuing to grow. This looks like keeping work fresh and moving forward. It looks like new ideas and inspiration. And this has to happen consistently and almost daily if we are going to keep our businesses thriving. I have found a great solution that helps me to keep a fresh perspective at each engagement session and I wanted to share it with you! I keep things new, different, and inspiring by asking questions. Yes, it's that simple. I have said before on the blog that I let my clients inspire me and it's true! I like to keep it simple so that my clients will really expand on the questions that are asked! Below are the 3 questions that I ask most often. I want to share how I use the answers to direct and inspire the session! Find your own questions to ask and watch your work take off!
1) What are your favorite things to do together?
I use this question to direct the props and keep the location unique for each engagement session. Megan and Ken said that they enjoy reading together so I photographed them doing just that. Andrea and Shane said they loved taking walks through Lafeyette Park so it was the one and only "prop". Laura and Kevin love going to the zoo so we used tickets, cotton candy, and a map for props.
2) Do you have a date that you have always wanted to go on?
If the answer to this is yes, then we do everything we can to make it happen! Yeng and Steve had never been to Aixois before, so we went there. And just look at their photos! We sat on the patio, talked, and ordered amazing desserts!
3) What's your favorite thing about each other?
This question inspires a lot of the interaction and memory-making posing that happens during the session. If her favorite thing about him is that he makes her laugh, I will have him hold her and ask him to make her laugh. If his favorite thing about her is her gentle-kindness, I make sure to pose her in a way that reflects that.
Asking questions helps you understand your clients in a way that you otherwise wouldn't. Questions make your clients feel cared about. It's a win-win for everyone!