What to think about before you take the photo + a FREE printable!

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There's nothing worse than getting home from an amazing photo session only to find that the photos your load onto your computer don't look a thing like they did when you captured them.

Sun spots on your subject's face, bothersome weeds and twigs sticking out of the ground that cover the most inconvenient places, photo-bombers distracting the background, hair ties around all the girls wrists, and not to mention that leftover piece of dinner lodged between Mom's teeth.

The list goes on and on.

These little mishaps happen to the best of us, especially being new to photography & wanting to make a great impression on or clients.

You know what I'm talking about, right?

We get caught up in the moment of laying out the PERFECT shot, but what happens instead is that we often overlook the small distractions that turn out to be HUGE annoyances when we go to edit our photos. Insert the maddening process of discovering these calamities much too late after the fact.

The recipe to avoid this progression of events is to nip it in the bud before it becomes second nature.

Only practice, pure diligence, and many conscious reminders will help you prevent this from happening to you on a regular basis. before you snap the photoClick here or on the photo above to download your FREE printable!

 Here's a list of things to consider before you start clicking:

1. Check your camera settings

Make sure your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are right for the shot. Having your ISO cranked up to 1600 on a sunny day is not necessary, nor would be shooting a large group of people at a 2.8 aperture. Double checking your camera settings can dodge a lot of frustration down the road.

2.  Choose a fitting background

Consider the background in terms of lighting conditions and geographic features to produce the most appealing shot. Try to avoid putting your subject in front of a tree or structure that could give off the illusion that your subject has limbs or nubs growing out of their body.

3. Double check your light source

Make sure that not only the light is appealing to the background, but also to your subject. Preventing sun spots and harsh shadows on your subject's face will eliminate a lot of frustration when it comes time to edit your photos.

4. Remove unwanted objects from the scene

Nothing can be more frustrating than having to remove leaves, sticks, and other unwanted objects in your photos after the fact. Taking the time before you start shooting to remove these things from the scene can be a matter of editing your photos in a timely manner and for it taking hours longer than usual.

5. Framing is your friend

If you are shooting a large group of people, make sure that you leave plenty of extra room for cropping when it comes time to print - nothing is more heart-sinking that a client wanting to print off an 8x10 but their loved ones bodies are being cut off in the process. Also check to make sure that there is no odd limb-chopping in your photos before it's too late.

6. Focus on what matters

The very last step in ensuring that your photos come out without flaw is your focusing. For solo or 2 person shots, focus on the eyes of the subjects & when shooting later groups, pick the person of interest or in the middle to focus on. Focusing issues that are discovered later on can be the most irritating, so make sure you double or triple check this step!

The best thing you can do before you start snapping is to stop, think, and breathe. Take into account all the items in this list, start shooting, and have fun!

Do you have any helpful tips to add to this list? Share them in the comments below for others to see!

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