This doesn't happen to everyone.
These photos happen to the families that I connect with and have a relationship with.
Now, I hope you're not thinking, "OH well, I don't know Nicole, I wasn't in her wedding, and she hasn't babysat my kids..." Please don't think that! You absolutely can connect and build a relationship through photography. Here are my tips to connecting with me, or any photographer you want to have a photo shoot with.
1. Connect on social media & Participate
This may seem obvious, but I really believe this is such a privilege and we should be using it to our advantage! Follow each other, comment and be engaged with one another.
I always love looking out for birthdays on Facebook. That's a wonderful way to stay connected through out the year! Now that Facebook has an engagement algorithm (meaning, unless you engage with someone they will disappear from your Facebook feed) it's even more important to do more than "Like" a photo or comment. Leave someone a message, share a photo memory, connect on Pinterest to see if your interests and likes align, comment on their Instagram!
Go beyond looking and liking...start commenting and engaging in a more meaningful way.
2. Have conversations beyond money, photos.
This is very important. ESPECIALLY for wedding photos. If you are not connected to your photographer, your pictures will reflect that. Can i just repeat that? Maybe with bolder font.....
IF YOU ARE NOT CONNECTED TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER YOUR PICTURES WILL REFLECT THAT!
You will get awkward poses, your photos won't be as wonderful as you envisioned in your head, and you overall won't be happy with the photos. Trust me, I have walked out of photo sessions scratching my head trying to remember the name of the person I just took photos of! DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN! Talk to me! Tell me what you like, what you don't like; tell me your favorite color, what you like to eat, your favorite TV Show; tell me a funny story that happened to you in the supermarket the other day. Share a photo from Pinterest, or Facebook that made you swoon. It's inside those moments that true art and photography comes out. When i know you, I can then fully capture YOU.
3.Make it a point to Build a relationship...
Photographers are people. Great photos do not come from a fancy camera, they come from great people. If you want to give money and get a photo, go to a Photo booth. We are not photo-vending machines! Believe it or not, we WANT to get to know our clients.
I look forward to every Christmas having my repeat clients call me...not because i get some cha-ching, but because I can finally catch up with them...see how their children have grown...talk about their amazing year they had. I can make it a point to have these wonderful people in my life.
So do it! Build relationships with me, connect with me, chat with me. I am always excited to hear from you!