Creating great photographs is only part of being successful as a professional photographer. After all, as a small business owner, you want to deliver both stunning images and a great experience to your clients. That’s no small task. That’s why thorough planning before a session is so important; it ensures you and your client are on the same page and gives you the opportunity to address any misunderstandings that could potentially sour your customer’s experience. The best way to do this is through a pre-session consultation where you meet with the client (in-person or virtually) and discuss their photoshoot.
Pre-session consultations are useful regardless of your specialty, but they’re especially important for assignments that require close interactions with your subjects, such as weddings, portraits, commercial, and editorial projects. Learning about your client’s personality and expectations lay the foundation for a successful professional relationship and investing a little time into talking to them before your session together can have huge rewards both at the photoshoot and in the future. Pre-session consultations allow you to:
You can find in-depth tips on preparing for and having a successful pre-session consultation in the Pre-Sessions Consultations Guide for Photographers, developed specifically for PPA members. The best part? It’s free to download as part of your PPA membership.
Download the Pre-Session Consultations Guide for Photographers today, and discover how a little planning and discussion before a session can create better images for your clients and bigger results for your business.