“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”~ Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898-1995
When it comes to photography and quotes, not many hold seem to hold much weight in the history books. Alfred Eisenstaedt, who was an amazing German photojournalist, and took one of the most iconic photographs in American history, http://www.photoventure.com/2013/07/25/alfred-eisenstaedts-vj-day-in-times-square/.
His quote not only speaks to the medium of portrait work, but also to the professional/personal side of photography. When I work with a client, it is important that I see the personality of the person or people that I am working with. Customer service is of prime importance. My expectations are very high and I want to show that to my clients. That is why I feel it is more important to click with people. Not just the boring professional monologue one may get from most professionals, but pretty much a full onslaught of who I am as a photographer. I want the session to be remembered. If I smile and relaxed, then so is the client. Sometimes a client shares thing about who they are or what has brought them to this point. This just adds to the image. A picture is worth a thousand words. I look at a session as wring a novel. All the images, all the shared personalities and stories all wrapped up in a gallery of amazing images. A bright genuine smile beats a forced one. It is not just a photo session, but a relationship. Mostly professional, but there is a portion of the relationship that is deeply personal. Photography is after all an art form. When I click with people, this art of photography becomes powerful. Emotions become apparent when clients and I build upon this relationship. We click.
What do you do to click with people?