First time shoot tips from photographer, Katherine Grace.
Where are you based?
I am based in Cumbria, covering the North of England and Southern Scotland, and I’m also regularly in London.
What do you specialise in?
I specialise in portrait, lifestyle, and events photography. I just love photographing people, whether a blogger, model, dancer, actor, business owner, brand etc. If you’re in need of pics of yourself, I’m your gal!
What’s the one piece of advice you would give people who are considering having a photoshoot?
I get a lot of messages saying, ‘I’d love to book a shoot with you, but I’m nervous’. I say, if you’re considering having a photoshoot, just do it! My job is to get to know my clients and make them feel comfortable and relaxed and ensure they have the most enjoyable experience. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s a big deal having your photo taken and for some people can be a daunting thought (I know it would be for me!). So any questions, concerns or advice you may need, just ask 😊
Is everyone who shoots with you a pro model?
Nope! One of the things I love most about what I do, is the variety of individuals I have the opportunity to work with. The best feeling is when a client with little or no shoot experience comes into a session feeling apprehensive and unsure of what’s to come and leaves feeling really good about the experience. It’s honestly the most rewarding feeling.
And equally, when working with professional models, it’s such an amazing feeling when a pro has enjoyed the experience as well.
So I work with anyone and everyone, whether it’s your first shoot or your 100th shoot!
Are there any tips you would give to first timers?
If I were giving myself advice going into a photoshoot it would be to keep an open mind. Know that the photographer is there to make you feel your best in that moment. Like I said before, ask questions if you’re not sure about something. For example, sometimes posing can feel awkward if it’s not something you’re used to doing, because you can’t see yourself- simple things like leaning against a wall or sitting down on a bench. I get asked a lot, ‘does this look ok?’, and I reassure my client and say it may feel out of the ordinary to them but it looks great. And when they see the photos, they understand that and love the outcome.
I would also say that movement is a really good way of getting more natural and candid shots, swaying from one foot to the other, and using an accessory like a bag, scarf, drink or book etc, as something you can use within the shoot that adds a more personal touch.
The last bit of advice is to just enjoy it! A photoshoot is such a fun experience, so just enjoy!