Ah, the unexpected capture. Most photoshoots have ebb and flow. Mine start with creating images most important to clients, making sure we complete their main reason for coming to me and any specific other goals for the session. Some clients want headshot images for LinkedIn to help with a new job search or promotion. Others want images for business materials – a website, marketing brochures, business cards. Still others want images for corporate websites, dating sites, holiday cards, or social media banners. The list goes on. Ultimately, everyone has unique reasons for deciding to spend money on professional images. In each case, once we create and capture critical images, clients are ready to experiment, change things up. We can then work on creating an unexpected capture. We might swap backdrops, outfits, and even shooting styles, depending on where the images will be used. The other benefit is that at this point in the photoshoot session, we have had time to work together. Clients are more relaxed in front of the camera. They feel comfortable playing with facial expressions. Oftentimes, it is at this point, captures produce unexpected favorites. This one photo shoot was no exception.
The client had specific goals for his images, unique from most. He selected a headshot and portrait photo shoot giving us the freedom to create any style of image we desired. We had worked together for a little while and reviewed tethered images. I was learning what types of images he preferred, as well as what look he was going for. He knew he wanted to walk away with several images, one being a full view portrait – including showing his shoes. In between captures in a playful moment, he supplied the exaggerated expression.
When I showed him the image we burst out laughing. He immediately pointed out that not everyone has the ability to independently control their eyebrows. Later I tried and found he was correct – not one eyebrow would move up or down. His image is now one of my favorites.
Here’s hoping you make time to get to that silly point in your next photo shoot and that you walk away with a new favorite image.