Portrait Photography: Connect with Your Clients Easier with These 3 Tips

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When it comes to portrait photography the way you communicate with your client is far more important than the gear you’re using.

We’ve all been there at some point in our careers: we have a great model, or an awesome client, but we just don’t know how to effectively communicate or connect with the person standing in front of the camera. A lack of communication skills can kill a shoot quickly, so being able to build connections with those you work with is far more important than the gear you use. The three tips that are shared in a new video after the break will help get you set up for success and will hopefully help you figure out what to do to connect with your clients.

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Portrait photography is all about being able to get your client or model to display real emotions. As Michael Comeau of OnPortraits says in his first ever YouTube video, most people are pretty bad at trying to put on smiles that look genuine, so you as the photographer need to know how to bring the real emotions out in people without coming across as a creepy photographer. The video is a quick, enjoyable watch. At just over five minutes long you’ll be able to fit this in to your day easily. The video covers everything from how to give compliments that won’t make you sound like you’re flirting with your model, to how to instill confidence in your client, and how to not be negative. All of these things sound easy, but it is also as easy to slip up when you’re on location, especially if you are new to portrait photography.

If you’re new to portrait photography, or maybe just need a quick refresher when it comes to connecting with your clients, you should check out this video. Making people laugh, making them feel comfortable, and getting them to feel confident in your abilities are vital if you want to be successful in portrait photography. If you’d like to see more videos from Micheal Comeau check out his YouTube channel. You can also see more of his work at his official website.

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.