Professional photography can capture a person’s emotions and feelings. We can trigger specific moods to evoke emotions such as happiness, sadness or loneliness. On the other hand, we can also hide certain emotions through photographic techniques.

Based on our experience in photography, we do understand that from time to time, one’s business or family obligations may lead to a situation where they are not in the mood for a photo shoot. What should you do in this circumstance?

It’s easy. At Elly Elite Photography we have solutions and tips for overcoming the “bad days” when in front of the camera.

01. No one will know that you had a headache by looking at the photo.

First of all, professional family photography is about creating memories. We capture your magical moments so that you can have them forever. As time passes, no one will recall how you felt on the day of the photo session, and we will try not to capture that “bad mood” in our photography session. Rather, we will try and “hide” it.

Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and at ease during the photo session so that your photos can look fabulous.

02. Your family Members can’t wait to get your newest family’s photos.

If you are booking a professional family photographer in Chicago, so that you could send your images to other family members, we’ll consider their perspective.

It’s crucial for us to have the perfect environment, lighting, and angles for photo shooting you and your family members.

Keep in mind that Elly Elite will go to great lengths to make you feel relaxed. We will play soothing music while working quickly and efficiently and help you choose the right decor. We will be there for you, and we are ready to go the extra mile.

03. Feel Good about yourself and be positive.

This is a simple life philosophy that doesn’t only apply to your photo session, but to life in general.

Yes, I know that sometimes it’s not easy to keep up and be positive, but that is life. What do I do on my blue days? I try to expose myself to all the things that make me happy. There are small, inexpensive things that bring joy to our life. Let’s start with music—Why don’t you play the music that you love the most?

Keep your mind occupied with good memories and try to stay relaxed.


04. Focus on your Family members or your career goals

If you booked a family photo session, it helps people to relax when they are focused on their partner, kids, pet or other subjects in the photos.

Often, we ask couples to look into each other’s eyes, to hug or cuddle and feel the gentle touch of their partner. These techniques help individuals to relax, which leads to an improvement in their comfort level during the photo session.

Focusing on people you love will make you feel good, happy and loved. It will boost your energy and help you to present yourself in the best way. Of course, we will also be very focused to enable you to showcase the best version of yourself.

If you are getting a corporate headshot and you are the only subject in the photo, then consider this: In any business, there are specific milestones that we define such as closing a deal, selling,  finishing a project in a specified time frame, or a presentation.  It’s essential to carefully consider these defining points in our career.

So, try to gather your focus and give your best. Remember, having a good photo could lead to more projects or job opportunities along the way.

Give your best during this one or two-hour session, so that you can achieve your business goals and reap the benefits of this deal for a long time.

 05. How to forget that your photographer is on the set with you

We believe that  spontaneous photographs are generally the best. Often, people look amazingly relaxed is when they don’t look at the photographer or lenses.

For our photo sessions, we work hand in hand with the clients and provide them with guidelines such as to how to position themselves, where to look, how to breathe, how fast to walk and even when to bend your knees. We employ techniques similar to those that professional models use at their photo sessions or on the catwalk.

Also, we use modern, high-tech (very expensive) equipment with powerful lenses that enable us to capture perfect photos even if we are 20 yards away. In this case, you will not even notice our presence, yet end up with perfect photos.

06. Proper/ Right Food and Diet Can Help

Whenever I know that I have an important upcoming meeting, I am careful with the food that I consume.

When I worked as a model in the advertising industry (I made several TVC for Banks, Fashion industry, etc.), I didn’t experiment with food on those days right before or during the photo sessions. Although I am open to trying new foods, I wouldn’t dare experiment with food until the session was completed.

I eat what I am accustomed to because I don’t want to get surprised by the heavy feeling in my belly caused by a new food. You don’t want that either. That would distract you from feeling comfortable in front of the camera. There will be plenty of time to try new things, have dinner in new restaurants, etc. On the day of the photo session, eat your regular fare.

07. Last but not the least, there is our secret component: Post-production.

The most beautiful photographic effects are those that you don’t notice. I am referring to professional retouches that look natural and not fake.

Hair should stay and look like hair, but with a subtle glossy effect; eyes should have a sexy glow, but not as a terminator. Human skin is a delicate substance, therefore we are trying to maintain its texture and not to transform it into rubber or some artificial texture. Although we are masters of post-production, we still value the natural look.

Depends on our package or budget we could make your photo look magical. From hair, to skin retouching, clouds, background environment fixing. Our team members are highly experienced and have worked on global campaigns for distinguished clients.

We have worked with several prominent businesses including L’Oreal, Prada, Paco Rabanne and Valentino. Therefore, we do know how to make your portrait look like a Hollywood Star or as if you are advertising high-end brand fragrances.

If you need personal headshots, corporate headshots, editorial photography please reach us now!