As a professional photographer who works with A LOT of female entrepreneurs, I know that branding photoshoots are an essential part of building a successful business. I also understand the pressure that my clients feel to look a certain way or present a specific image in their photos.
While it’s important to have a cohesive brand and a polished image, I believe that being your authentic self in your photographs is the key to attracting your ideal clientele. Here are a few reasons why:
First and foremost, authenticity is essential in building trust with potential clients. When you show up as your genuine self in your photos, people can sense that and are more likely to connect with you on a deeper level. They’ll see that you’re not trying to hide anything or be someone you’re not, which can be incredibly refreshing in our insta-perfect-world where so many people are only showing their highlight reel.
Being authentic in your photos allows you to attract the right kind of clients. When you try to present an image that isn’t true to who you are, you may attract clients who aren’t a good fit for you or your business.
When you show up authentically, you’ll attract people who resonate with your values, personality, and style. These are the clients who are most likely to be a joy to work with and who will appreciate what you bring to the table.
Of course, being authentic doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put any thought or effort into your branding photoshoots. I always work closely with my clients to create a vision for their photos that reflects their brand and style. We’ll discuss everything from the location and outfits to the poses and props. Throughout the process, I encourage my clients outside of their comfort zones but also to stay true to themselves and not to feel pressure to be something they’re not.
One way to ensure that you’re showing up authentically in your photos is to focus on your strengths, unique qualities and quirks. For example, if you’re a bubbly and outgoing person we will let that shine through in your photos. The key is to highlight what makes you stand out and to stay true to those qualities.
So don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in your photos – it may just be the key to taking your business to the next level.