No matter what side of the camera you are on these three quick tips will help greatly improve the outcome of your images.
1. Know three poses. Everyone knows how to stand but beyond that what are two other poses that fit your personality? Have the photographer email you some sample poses so you have an idea of what is going to take place.
2. Know what time of the day is best. Sunset is a great time. The summer sunset in Florida can take hours and if you start too early you can run out of energy as this is right around dinner time. Work to schedule the time where the light is best even if the kids are up a bit later than usual. Plus a long shoot will cause kids to get bored and dislike the camera.
3. Pick a location you will love. Here in Tampa Bay we have a ton of coastline. This doesn't guarantee that it is the best place to take sunset beach images. Places by major hotels are busy with people and other distractions. It is better to have your customers travel 20 minutes our of their way to get an image they will love than an image they will like.
I share these with you because I have made these mistakes. As the photographer it is my duty to share poses that fit my customers, scout locations, and know the times for the best light. Shoots will be easier and more "image capture" focused with these tips implemented.