Awesome Localgrapher Guide

Hi there!

We are super excited to have you aboard as one of our Localgraphers and here are some tips on how to work with our clients. These tips are proven by years of experience and if you’ll follow them, they will very likely bring us fantastic 5-star reviews and therefore more booked photoshoots. YAY!

So let’s get into it…

What to Do Before the Photoshoot

Yes, we are talking emails here! The client is waiting for your message and if they will not receive it, they might think that our services are a scam and even cancel your photoshoot. So please, get in touch with them asap.

Every client expects a top-notch service with some very special local recommendations from you. This is them getting ready for the photoshoot and becoming very excited about the whole experience.

Cause’ you don’t want clients to show up unhappy for your photo session, do you? Below is a kind of the first contact email we recommend sending them (please, change the pink text according to your shoot).

Always give your phone number to the client and ask for theirs too! Stay in touch with the clients before the photoshoot – make sure that you check your email and WhatsApp – there can always be some unexpected changes and hiccups!

Tip #1

Sample Email for the Clients

Hi Anna,

thank you for choosing me to be your personal photographer in Dubrovnik on August 10. I am very excited to take care of your family vacation photoshoot in my hometown!

I would like to ask you a couple of questions to make sure you’ll get the experience and pictures beyond your expectations:

  1. What time would you like to meet up? I recommend:
    • 8.00 am for the great light and crowds free photo spots
    • 5.00 pm for the pictures taken during the golden hour
    • 8.00 pm for beautiful sunset photos
  2. Where would you like to meet up? My favorite photo spots and places I recommend are:
    • The City Walls
    • Rector’s Palace
    • St. Ignatius Church
  3. Would you like me to send you some suggestions on what are the best outfits to wear? What props to bring? Or even arrange something special for you such as a dress rental?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Have a great day!

Your Name

Your Phone Number

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What to Do on the Day of the Photoshoot

The most important part is here! It is a must to always show up at the place you and the client agreed upon 10 min before the photoshoot with your camera fully charged, extra batteries, back-up memory card and of course if you promised them some special arrangements, that too!

It goes without saying that you should not be partying all night long before your photoshoot, showing up late, all smelly and in dirty clothes. That’s a big no-no! Even you like to have fun, please save it for another day.

Tip #2

Meet the Clients!

Please, follow these steps to say a proper hello to the client to make them happy and meet their expectations:

  1. properly introduce yourself (and remember their names)
  2. shake hands with everyone (if culturally appropriate)
  3. politely ask them how they like your hometown and if they are tired or how they feel to show them that you care about them
  4. tell them the plan (for example: “We have a 30 min long family vacation photoshoot today, we will take pictures at The City Walls and Rector’s Palace as we agreed”) and ask them if that’s alright.
  5. ask them if they want you to ask them to do certain poses or if they want more natural photoshoot where they will be just doing them and you will take the pictures
  6. ask them what result they want to receive – horizontal or vertical pictures (or mixture of both), group pictures as well as photos of each person separately, how much editing they have in mind, black and white pictures, etc.
  7. ask them if they have any questions they would like to ask and answer them the best way you can

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Tip #3

Dos & Don'ts During the Photoshoot

  1. please, avoid discussing prices of the photoshoot and payments (that’s on us!), politics, religion, and other sensitive topics. Be respectful. You know, not everybody is the same.
  2. assure them that everything is going great and the photos will be just fabulous throughout the whole photo session
  3. if there’s any temporary problem (you need to change cameras because one stopped working etc) just assure clients that everything is going great. Please, do not mention any problems to them. You’re a pro who must solve everything on the fly.
  4. inform them 10 min before the photoshoot ends that there’s 10 more min left so they know that they will have just a couple more poses left

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Tip #4

Finish Strong!

  1. tell the clients that they were great to work with
  2. remind the clients that they’ll receive the photos directly from Localgrapher within 4 business days
  3. take a final selfie with clients and send it to us 🙂
  4. thank them for the cooperation, shake hands, wish them good luck for the rest of their trip and say goodbye

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What to Do After the Photoshoot

Thank you for your hard work so far and taking care of our clients as expected! Just keep in mind that you’re not finished yet. Here, you can find payment details and much more…

Tip #5

Which Photos to Deliver

  1. Please, send us color photos only (no black and white pictures). We have a new gallery where a client can automaticaly download all pictures in black and white if they want.

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2. Save the photos for at least 2 months! It’s great that you delivered us the photos but please keep in mind that the client might want to request some changes.

3. It goes without saying that all pictures have to be edited. No client wants to receive something they can produce themselves. Please, take cropping, toning, exposure, contrast and basic sharpening into consideration.

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4. It’s important to keep in mind that the client chose you because they liked your portfolio on our website, therefore please, always deliver pictures in the same style as it’s on the website.

5. We know that photographers are artists. However, we don’t need any crazy experiments from you in terms of composition, exposure and post-process.

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6. Have you just had a delicious breakfast? The client doesn’t have to see it on their pictures though. Please, always make sure that the sensor, lens and other parts of your camera are perfectly clean.

7. The client will share their photos on social media, print them and display them in their home, therefore keep in mind that every picture has to be great – no moments when the client blinked, no blurry photos. Just choose the best photos you would put in your portfolio.

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8. Did you promise certain pictures to the client? Just remeber if you discussed an exact group or solo shot via email or Whatsapp. They always must be delivered. The same goes with pictures you promised to be delivered during the photoshoot. We like our clients to be happy. Unhappy clients = bad business.

Tip #6

Always Include These Pictures

We talk to our clients daily, therefore we really understand their needs. Please, make sure that you always deliver the following types of photos:

1. Wider shots (also know as “long shots”) where the background and surroundings are visible so clients can enjoy the atmosphere of their destination.

2. Full body shots.

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3. Close-up portraits with blurred background (use f1.8 on 50mm, F2.8 on longer lenses and similar). Every client wants to pop out and be the main star of the shoot!

4. This probably goes without saying but it needs to be mentioned. All clients want to receive nice bright photos – think social media here and the fact that dark pictures typically don’t work while sharing and we want our clients to receive thousands of likes!

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Tip #7

Payment

  1. please, never send the final photos to the client, always to Localgrapher only
  2. send us nice, bright photos the clients will love as follows (yes, we all know that dark pictures are so 2010s and don’t work well on social media):
    • fully edited
    • hi-resolution
    • 4000 px on the longer side
    • no watermarks
  3. if you want to share the pictures on your social media, websites, etc., please, ask us if you can share them
  4. we will send you the confirmation of sharing after we receive a written permission from the client together with the selection of pictures we can all share
  5. all the payments are done monthly! You will receive your paycheck on 7th of the following month for all shoots done the previous month (for example: have photoshoots from Jan 1 to 31, receive the payment on Feb 7).

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