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What Happens When You Are Late to Your Photo Session?

by | Personal Stories

In the unpredictable whirlwind of daily life, things don’t always go according to plan—especially when it comes to scheduling. That’s why I offer unlimited time sessions, a feature that proved its worth during a recent shoot that could have easily ended in frustration but instead resulted in a gallery of great photos. Let me share a story that highlights just how crucial flexibility can be in photography.

A Saturday Like No Other

It was a typical sunny weekend, perfect for a photo session. However, life had other plans. As my client was en route to the studio, a sudden accident on the 60 highway led to an unexpected traffic jam, significantly delaying their arrival. Such incidents are not just inconveniences; they can unsettle even the calmest individuals.

The Value of Time

Now, imagine if this session were bound by strict time constraints. The stress of the delay and the accident could have visibly affected the quality of the photographs or, worse, cut our session short. Instead, the unlimited time policy at my studio meant that there was no additional stress from watching the clock.

When the client finally arrived, rather than rushing into the shoot, we took some time. We sat down, had a chat over a cup of coffee, and waited until the client felt truly ready. This approach isn’t just about being nice; it’s a core part of ensuring that the photos we capture reflect the best version of the client, not their stress and anxiety from the events of the day.

Photography That Adapts to Life

The result? Once we began, it was as if the delay had never happened. The client was relaxed, the session went smoothly, and the photos were fantastic. This is the real value of unlimited time sessions. They allow us to adapt to whatever life throws our way, ensuring that each client leaves the studio not just with photos, but with images that capture their true essence and charisma.

Why This Matters

This story is just one of many that illustrate why I choose to operate without the pressure of time. For professionals, a headshot is often the first introduction to clients and colleagues. It needs to be perfect, conveying confidence and professionalism. Unlimited time sessions ensure that we can achieve this, no matter the external circumstances.

Life happens, and when it does, you don’t want your headshot appointment to be another source of stress. With unlimited time sessions, clients like the one in our story can arrive flustered but leave with stunning photographs, happy and relaxed. This approach not only ensures the quality of the final product but also enhances the overall client experience

As you consider your next professional headshot or portrait session, remember the importance of flexibility and comfort. These elements are crucial for success, and with unlimited time sessions, you’re guaranteed both. Life will always throw curveballs, but in my studio, time is on your side. Let’s create something beautiful, without the rush.

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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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