Being a photographer can definitely be a rewarding career, but it can also be demanding, especially when it comes to staying on top of the latest photography technology that can help you up your game. But in addition to investing in the right tools to make your photos really stand out, you also need to take steps to make certain your studio space has everything it needs for your clients.
Wondering what every photographer should have in his studio for clients? Then check out the tips below to see what your space is missing.
The last thing you’d want is for a client to come to your studio and find that you aren’t prepared. So to set up your studio, no matter how large or small it is, make sure you at least have the essentials. These include a large backdrop in black or white, a main light, a hair light for your model, a reflector, a tripod, and, of course, your camera. Having backups for each of these pieces of equipment is also important because tools tend to fail without notice in the world of photography, and, again, you don’t want to be left embarrassed because you don’t have spare pieces to work with.
A TV for Previewing Images or Entertaining Clients in the Waiting Room
The most annoying thing a photographer can do is use his camera’s screen to show a client the photos that are being captured. Whether you’re taking product shots or you’re working with a model, having to constantly take the camera off your body, if you’re using a strap, and turning it around for your client to see is difficult and time-consuming. And it also doesn’t really show your client what you’re capturing because the screen is so small.
Instead, invest in a TV set that can properly display your images in all their glorious detail. When you aren’t using your TV for displaying your work, you can use it to stream entertaining shows for your clients while they wait for you. Investing in satellite TV could be a great way to do this affordably.
Refreshments and Snacks
If you’re going to be meeting with clients for both consultations and actual photo shoots, it’s best to have plenty of refreshments and snacks on hand. These can include pretzels, healthy chips, water, coffee, and tea. Offer these to your clients, models, and prospective clients to show them a bit of hospitality and make them feel at ease and welcomed in your space.
A Good Laptop
If you don’t have a TV to display your photos on as you take them, you can also display them on a laptop instead. The great thing about having a laptop ready is the fact that you can also show prospective clients your portfolio, as well as show models how you can quickly edit the photos in a program like Photoshop to enhance them.