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September 13, 2018

The Benefit of Stepping In Front of the Camera

​If you’re a photographer, you probably prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it. I get it, it feels safer behind the lens – you’re in control that way. But, if you’re planning on being a professional photographer then you need to get some portraits of yourself too and here’s why:

1. You’ll Appear More Professional

Having a professional portrait of yourself to display on your website, social media, and any other marketing platforms you plan on using will make you appear more professional and trustworthy. If you invest in getting good photos of yourself then your clients will see that you really do care about photography, like you say you do.

2. It Puts Yourself in Your Client’s Shoes

You don’t realize how much of a blessing a good, kind, thoughtful photographer is until you’re the one fidgeting awkwardly in front of the camera not knowing where to place your hands, or turn your head, or place your eyes…! It really helps to have a photographer who makes you feel welcome and beautiful from the beginning. When you’re the client, you begin to appreciate so much more the little things that create a good client experience – the hugs, personal conversation, those client gifts that make them feel even more appreciated…it all plays a part in their experience.

3. You Learn From It

When you give control over to someone else, it’s a big deal. But, no matter how your experience turns out remember to use it as a growth opportunity. What did you like about your session? Not like about it? What are the things that you noticed that you can implement in your own business to better your clients’ experiences? It could be as simple as they asked you about your​ life instead of talking about theirs, or it could be bigger (maybe they didn’t communicate very well with you during the process). Whatever it is, you can grow from it.

If you don’t have the means to hire someone to take photos of you, reach out to a fellow photographer about doing a headshot swap! It will give you a chance to connect on a deeper level, see how the other works, and you’ll both save each other some money by trading services!

Images in this blog post were taken by Nicole Balsamo Photography and Cassie Dunmyer Photography.

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