Does the idea of having your photo taken send chills down your back, or cause a bead of sweat at your temple? Are you suddenly in front of the camera for an hour (or two) because a loved one asked you to… otherwise you’d peace out? I hope not, because that sounds like a real bummer. I know people who feel just the way you do, and I totally get it. It’s hard to feel comfortable with someone pointing and clicking in your face for any length of time. You are not the only one. I want to help you!
If you’re booking a photographer for the first time, it can be really difficult to know what to expect, or how to prepare. This is especially true since there are different photography styles, and different photographer personalities to navigate. Let’s say you’ve booked me. You might think, “Sweet! I got a photographer. She’ll tell me what to wear, how to stand, get some awesome photos… bing bang boom, in and out in twenty minutes.”
I mean, we can definitely make the shoot a mini-session, but telling you what to wear and how to stand? Nope nope nope. Here’s what you can really expect from a Siriomi Joy Photo session.
Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You ♪♬
It sounds creepy, but it’s really not. In all seriousness, I want to know who you are so I can represent you at this moment of your life. This is your time to shine with your inner-weird, inner-calm, inner-whatever-it-is-that-makes-you-YOU.
Do you love to dance, play records, or paint? Do you have children, fur-babies, bird-babies? Do you have an interesting meet-cute story, or has your relationship weathered the storm?
Whatever it is, let it shine. There is a certain joy in being exactly who you are for one quiet moment of the day, and I would be honored to be the one to capture it for you.
It’s Photoshoot Time
I’m not going to tell you what to wear, but I will suggest things like solid colors and classic/timeless looks from your own wardrobe. Don’t shop for something new unless you want to treat yourself.
No matter the type of session you’ve booked, I’m going to behave the same way:
- I’m the one hiding behind the camera. I might have to strike some yoga or tai chi poses in order to get the angle/shot I want.
- I don’t want you to look at me all the time. Or maybe ever. Unless you want to. Be who you are with you or what you love, and let me capture the magic.
- We’re probably going to be chatting most of the time. At least, I’ll be asking you questions. I like to hear your story, and when you’re talking about something you love, you can’t help but be natural in front of the camera.
- I come to you for the shoot. For everyone’s safety, I have a list of approved venues and times of the day where we can do your shoot. If you’re a repeat customer, we can totally do a shoot at your house, especially if it’s a newborn or pet session. Otherwise, feel free to suggest a spot and we can chat about it!
- I don’t use flash unless I absolutely have to. I chase natural light. I even switched the lightbulbs in my house so they show a clean white light no matter the time of day! If your chosen venue has difficult lighting, I can work around that, and may have to direct you a little bit more in that case to make sure the light flatters you.
This is your time. You should be moving, speaking, and generally behaving as if I weren’t in the room or at the park with you. I can’t really capture your joy and laughter if you’re waiting for me say, “Ok, look at the camera!” Let me snap those little interactions that build up to a really great life.
Awkward dancing is 100% encouraged. Especially if it makes you crack up with laughter.
I Like to Edit, Edit ♪♬
Phew! The shoot is done and we’re parted ways. You’re returned to your normal schedule, and I’ve run home to my doggies and husband for cuddles and loose leaf tea. Your photos are loaded onto my computer an an external drive for safekeeping. I’m investigating cloud storage as well, just in case.
The first week after our shoot, I’ll spend time picking out the good photos. You know, the ones where everyone’s eyes are open, there’s no blur (unless it’s cool blur, let’s keep those), hands don’t look awkward, etc. The second week is when I apply the Siriomi Joy “look,” powered by a combination of Tardis and Moon Crystal magic.*
You Get Your Shots
Within or just after two weeks, you receive an email invitation to your private gallery. This gallery will have a sneak peek for public viewing, but to see the entire set, invitations must be sent. From there, you can download copies (please use the logo versions for social media use) to print, or print directly from your gallery. Definitely make sure to at least print your three favorite photos. This is your investment!
I hope this helps you understand what you’re getting into. It’s not meant to be scary or intimidating. Let’s hang out, get some fun shots, and make the moment last forever!
* Doctor Who or Sailor Moon fans, anyone?