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    I am trying to put together a list of questions to ask Seniors prior to a photo shoot. Here's what I have so far. Please feel free to add your own ideas or tell me my questions stink.

    1. What are your interests?
    2. Would you like to be photographed with any pets? If so, what pets?
    3. What props, if any, are you thinking of being photographed with?
    4. Do you play sports? What, if any, sports shots would you like?
    5. What types of outfits and their colors are you thinking of wearing:
    Formal/Prom dress
    Casual
    Sports
    Any other special outfits
    6. Are you opposed to being photographed barefoot? If not should make sure toes are painted and/or manicured.
    7. What are your favorite features? Ex/ eyes, hair, etc.
    8. Are there any other specific shots you would like?
    9. Feel free to include example photos of something you had in mind.
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    Funny, I used to have a list like this when I was first starting out. Now I mostly just talk to them and ask questions to get to know them. I find most of them will end up asking me a lot of those questions - "What should I wear?" "Can I bring my instrument?" "How about my dog?" When I had my questionaire it seemed like it was too narrow. If I can get them to talk about themselves I find out what they like and I can take the session into a direction unique to them. Not that having a list is bad. A lot of shooters use them. I just found it was a little impersonal. And building a rapport with them is much more valuable than the answers to most of those questions. Your questions are good. Just try to work them into normal conversation. Make them feel important and get them to open up.
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    Great points! I wanted to talk with them on the phone beforehand and I figured a list would help me not miss anything. I also thought about emailing it before the conversation so they could think over some of the answers, but your comments made me think otherwise. Thanks for the help!
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    It still may be a decent idea. I've just found that a face to face meeting beforehand helps me build a relationship with them. And that connection is much more important during the shoot than a lot of the info I find out. The more comfortable they are with you the better the pictures. IMHO.
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