The Key to a Meaningful Portrait Session - Atlanta, Georgia Maternity Photography
When I first started the business a few years ago, I started with elaborate setups with lots of props. I wasn't really happy with these sessions, not because I didn't like the images, but because props and things aren't really me and they were really a lot of work to set up. I also noticed that despite the elaborate setup, the images that my clients were drawn to when they selected their favorites were those without the setup, those that were candid and emotive.
So in January of this year, I reflected on what I really wanted to offer in my sessions and I realized that I just needed one key thing. I read review after review and email after email trying to figure out what people love about their images. Never did anyone mention how much they loved the props. It was "I love the way my daughter is looking up at her daddy with such love in her eyes" or "I just love these memories of my boys having so much fun together" or "we thought we were going to be shy, but we had such a great time and love the images!" So I stripped down my sessions to what it should all be about: connection, love, and openness. It was then that I realized that the only thing that I needed to make beautiful memories for my clients was their
Now, I know this makes it a little bit harder to master. You can't buy trust at Target, you can't order more trust when you run low on stock, and you definitely can't set it up the same way each time like you would a backdrop. Trust is verstile and different with every person.
So how do I gain the trust of clients?
It's simple, really.
I trust and believe in my clients first and foremost.
As Maya Angelou said, "
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
By placing my trust in the goodness of my clients, I allow them the opportunity to feel openly and honestly. They can be vulnerable in the connections they have with their significant other, their family, or even their own bodies. They are given freedom to trust themselves and then me. Through this mutual space of trust, images aren't made, moments are (and I'm just lucky enough to capture them).
Now, here is Andrea, a beautiful mama to be, who trusted me with capturing this season of expecting her sweet little one. I am so grateful that she invited me into this space and lucky to have been able to be a part of telling her story!
Blog post by Natalie Jackson. Shot with Canon 50mm f1.2L.