Potential Client: *ring* *ring*
Kelly: "Hi, Kelly speaking..."
Potential Client: "Hi, I need a photographer!"
Kelly: "I'm your girl! I'd love to help. What kind of photography do you need?"
Potential Client: "A portrait."
I might be the pro, but that doesn't mean you should leave all the creative decisions up to me. If I know exactly what you are going for, we can plan a more successful photo shoot by having the right resources available to us. That means the right location, the right time of day, the right clothing... and even the right inspirational photos collected (Pinterest for the win!) to help us convey the look and feel we are going for.
I make a point of showing photos in-camera to my clients. Yeah, the screen is itty-bitty, but it's something. We can scroll through multiple shots, and zoom in, to give you a quick glance at what we just captured. Then I ask...
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
HOW CAN WE MAKE IT BETTER?
DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE ANYTHING...
OR TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SHOT?
I'm not asking you, as my subject, to make me cry or anything, but now is a time to be constructively honest. NOW, is when we can tweak and improve. Photoshop is not for FIXING, Photoshop is for ENHANCING. So my goal is to get things as best as we can in camera. Tell me (or your photographer) what you like, and what you don't like, so that I (or they) have the opportunity to create better photographs for you.
Don't be shy. Basic retouching typically includes softening wrinkles, shadows, and stray hairs, for example. So if you hate that vein in your forehead, please be sure to tell me (or your photographer)... or that you have a chipped tooth that you'd like fixed, or that that birthmark is actually a scar, and you want it removed (or that birthmark is something you don't like, and you want that removed too). Telling your photographer certain features or tics you have ahead of time can help improve your photos in camera, but it's vital to know for post processing. If your photographer doesn't know to retouch something... unique... they likely won't touch it.