An engagement shoot on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Planning and preparation equals happy clients
As photographers we often need to be very familiar with people we hardly know. Part of our job is to put our clients at ease and quickly build a level of trust that allows us to do a good job. We have found this is much easier when we are all in comfortable surroundings. Forward planning is the best way to ensure that, when it comes to the portrait session, and when the weather turns bad, everyone (them and us) has a good time.
For our shoot on the Royal Mile, Matt and I had to plan for the fact that outside might not be an option. That's almost the first rule of photography, plan for success. We decided on the Mile as our main location and discussed what we wanted to portray in the photographs, as we normally do. However, we had to make sure, above all else, that our clients would have an good time. Beautiful photos through an unpleasant experience does not equal a successful business.
Since our preference is to photograph outside a studio setting and since it was the end of autumn, our challenge was to find a non-studio inside location. Our thinking was if it is raining then we can't really shoot outside, if it is cold then we can start and finish in a nice warm place. We set out a week before the portrait shoot to scout for inside locations. Matt had done a bit of internet research on possible locations and hotel lobbies were looking like an attractive option. Since hotels are private property we visited all the hotels on our list of choices and spoke to the staff about permission to photograph in their venue. This involved a lot of walking, a lot of talking but the result was that we secured a location and made some valuable contacts in the process. It was well worth the effort. We rewarded ourselves that very rainy night with a gourmet burger and spicy fries, such are the perks of owning our own business!
On the evening of the photo shoot everything went perfectly. We were fortunate to have no rain, so we could take some outside shots as originally planned, and after the session finished we returned to the hotel for hot chocolate and warm conversation. Our Clients, Laura and Callum, had a great time and, as you can see from the images below, received some really beautiful photos too.
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