Shooting For The Album – Keeping The End Product In Sight

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During a session with a photographer you may hear the phrase ‘shooting for the album’, but what does this mean? It means that while they are undoubtedly getting some great session shots, they have come into the session with the end product of the shoot firmly in the forefront of their minds. One of the first questions that your photographer should ask you is what you intend on doing with the images from the sessions, as this will enable them to add an extra dimension to the shoot to ensure that you get an end product that you love.

Though your photographer may issue you with some session prints for you to keep, which you will no doubt share with your friends on Facebook and other social networking sites, these prints are only a taste, a sample of what the finished product is going to be. The end product that the photographer is aiming for could be anything from a bespoke album to a canvas print or a true to life acrylic. So whether you are the photographer or the client the end product should never be far from your minds.

Planning the Session

Once you know what the end product is going to be, the photography session can be better planned to ensure that not only does the photographer have a clear plan of how the shoot is going to go, but the client too is in the right frame of mind to get the best results. For example if the client is looking for a piece of photographic artwork to proudly display over the fireplace, then the photographer should take the time to appreciate the décor of the room and advise the client on the best wardrobe and color scheme that will complement the décor of the room in which it is going to be displayed. The finished piece, the end product is not only a creative venture between photographer and client, it should perfectly match the personalities of the people in the picture.

An Unsure Client

It can be difficult to plan a shoot effectively if the client is unsure about what exactly they want to achieve with their images. So it is worthwhile for the photographer to have a portfolio of work with them whenever they meet a new client.  This allows the client to see a range of finishes, products, and styles that tell the photographer what appeals to them to enable the shoot to be planned effectively. The more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera a client is, the better the end result is going to be, whether it’s a family shoot in the client’s home or a special day that is photographed so that it can be remembered forever.  A good session can allow personalities to shine and inner beauty to surface and be shown on the finished product.

About the author: Claire is a blog writer that appreciates the creativity expressed by artists such as Raleigh Wedding Photographers. She understands that a good picture can express far more than any other creative genre and provide tangible memories that can be kept forever whether they be in albums or printed artworks displayed for all to see.