How to Stay Comfortable During Client Photoshoots

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  By Taya Ivanova
How to Stay Comfortable During Client Photoshoots

There are many articles that provide models with tips on how to pose, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and enjoy themselves during a photoshoot. Though these resources will teach you how to make your clients feel good in your presence, they won’t highlight the importance of your own comfortability. It’s easy to forget your own needs during a shoot and end up feeling exhausted once a session is over. You don’t deserve to feel this way.

It’s possible to meet your clients’ needs and stay balanced at the same time. All it takes is a little bit of preparation and a few handy tools!

mood tracker

Have Pre-Photoshoot Rituals

A lot of people love routines because of their consistency and reliability. Without them, life can get pretty hectic. Even if you’re not a fan of scheduling, you can still prepare things for yourself and avoid the disasters that ambiguity likes to create. Here are a few self-care tips:

  • Rely on to-do lists.
    Like any meeting, a shoot isn’t fun if it involves forgetting, rushing, and worrying. You can avoid this once and for all by preparing your equipment, outfit, and any other essentials a few days before you meet with your client. As soon as you schedule a meeting, make a to-do list filled with things you should pack. This will help you immensely on the day of the shoot.
  • Eat well before you go out.
    A healthy meal will give you energy, lift your spirits, and keep you motivated throughout your session. Make sure you don’t eat too much and that your meal is truly healthy. Your mind and body will thank you later.
  • Bring a few snacks with you.
    Boosts of energy are always a plus, and you can offer them to your clients if they get hungry.
  • Spend quality time with yourself.
    Taking care of your own needs now will help you satisfy your clients’ wishes later. To avoid feeling neglected, take some time – even an hour – to properly relax. Take a bath, read a book that makes you feel warm, call a friend, or simply take a nap.

Be Mindful

“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Client photoshoots are an opportunity to connect with other people and be mindful. Being present will give you peace, inspiration, and openness. The way you move, think, and talk during a shoot will affect your clients’ behavior; the calmer you are, the easier it will be for them to be themselves in front of your camera. Compare this to a frantic photo session that’s filled with awkwardness, silence, and a lack of creativity. In a situation like that, both you and your model will feel highly uncomfortable.

If you want to be mindful, use all of your senses. Listen carefully and observe everything around you, not just what’s in front of you. This will enhance your creativity, give you more opportunities to take spectacular photos, and help you be peacefully present.

Invest in Comfortable Camera Accessories

Equipment that is rough

, bulky, or heavy will add to your discomfort and give you unnecessary problems to worry about. Fortunately, many companies are creating more and more products that are both beautiful and comfortable. There are a plethora of accessories that will look incredible on you and make your professional life easier to manage. A few of these things are:

  • Soft camera straps that won’t hurt your neck
  • Lens cap keepers that will keep your lens cap within reach at all times
  • A memory card case to store all of your precious photos in one physical space
  • A camera bag that won’t break your back!

Prepare Something You Can Look Forward To

The last thing you want is to rush back home, eat something unhealthy, and edit your photos in a stuffy room. Knowing that you have a clean living space waiting for you is not only refreshing but motivating. Before you go out, make sure your workspace is tidy. Plan something that your future self can look forward to a movie night with friends, a visit to the park, or a day off that you’ve been postponing for too long.

By taking care of yourself, you’ll find all the energy and inspiration you need to have a successful and comfortable shoot. Remember to cultivate mindfulness, practice self-care, and invest in helpful camera accessories. These improvements will enhance your creative experiences and make you a happier photographer. That is what you deserve.


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