I just finished my last article on the benefits of sharing photos on Facebook when I came across the Facebook post displayed below. I took the photo but it was Jody, the person in the picture who posted it as her profile picture. I consider it a real compliment when I see pictures I have taken being shared on Facebook and I thank all who have done that. What is even more complementary was Jody’s comment about taking the pictures “It was fun.” Let me tell you about this photo session to explain why her comment is meaningful to me.
Jody is a friend of my wife and myself. When talking about photography, she, like many others, commented that she did not like having her picture taken. I pursued that thought and found it was not the picture taking process so much as the resulting photos that she was not entirely happy with. I asked if I might try to take some photos she would be happy with and after a few more conversations and a few weeks she thought she might be willing to try.
Some of the factors I believe contribute to a successful photo session are:
- Knowing in advance the type of photos you want to produce (Pinterest is a very useful tool for that)
- Selecting a suitable location
- Providing ongoing feedback to the subject during the photo shoot by reviewing and critiquing the pictures in the camera
- And possibly most important of all – having a happy relaxed subject who is willing to take a risk and have fun
Jody, our subject in this picture is currently very busy with studies so I don’t expect a quick reply, but I would really like to hear from her about what made the photo session fun and what made her happy with the resulting photos. I’d also appreciate thoughts from other folks and photographers.