Working as a professional photographer or any creative profession for that matter is complex. Bringing people together whether for a photo session or creative collaboration is an opportunity that can get challenging. Not all people work together well. During a photo session I think a photographer has to relinquish control at some point. They should also be as concerned about the comfort of their clients as they are about the creating an appealing portrait. If a certain pose is going to hurt a client and is asked to hold that pose for awhile the photographer probably isn't going to fare well with the client. When photographing portraits, it is essential to keep clients happy and moving to ensure the spark of the eye remains. As well the smile wanes. Emotions are mercurial and must be captured in split seconds. A photographer has to listen and intuit was is happening within those precious seconds in terms of what a client wants and needs versus getting the shot. It is a delicate balance but taking the time to check in with the client to see if they are comfortable and content creates staying power which might add up to more sessions in the future.
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