Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a gallery for client review, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Now that we select our images, we have to somehow get them to our client. Now, in the old days, they used to print a contact sheet, and then you'd send a carrier over, the client will look at it, they pick their favorites, they'll put a little X on it, and then send it back to you. In today's society, none of us have time for that. So the easiest thing to do would be, let's say, to email the images to the client, or to create an online gallery they can select from, or another option is if you have a service, such as SmugMug, or even Zenfolio, you're able to upload those images to a private site, and send that link to your client, and they can select which of their favorite images they want you to edit.
So let's me show you how easy a few of these things are inside Lightroom. Here we are back in the Lightroom module. If I select all of the images, and again, I'm going to press keyboard shortcut ctrl+A on a PC, cmd+A on a Mac, I selected my images, and if I click Web, notice what it does for us. It creates a beautiful little web gallery for us. Now the only downside for this is, if you don't have your own website, then this gets a little complicated, because you have to know what your ftp server is.
Now if you don't have your own website, or if ftp server information is a little bit ahead of what you want to do, no problem. Let's go back in the Library catalog. If I right-mouse-click, I can select Export, and then send it off here for an email, and send that off to my client. As mentioned earlier, I like to use SmugMug, or an online service, and again ZAGGfolio is out there, and there's a few other ones you could choose. If you select Find More Services Online, it'll take you to Adobe site.
And what we're going to do is come down here and select Lightroom. And we're going to look for some of the new modules. And here it is, SmugMug. If I click on it, I can download this add-on for free and install it inside my Lightroom. So now I just showed you three different ways that we can deliver these images to our clients. We can send them through an email, we could create our own little online gallery, or we could use a service, such as SmugMug or ZAGGfolio, to upload those images to there, and then send the link to our client.
Either way, whatever works best for you is what you're looking for, and you want your client to feel comfortable, that they can just sit down at their own time, look through the images, and select their favorites. And then from there is where the real fun begins, we get to create all of our editing into those images.
- Choosing a backdrop
- Scouting locations
- Lighting for corporate headshots and environmental portraits
- Establishing rapport with clients
- Creating a sense of power through posing
- Editing portraits with Lightroom
- Cataloging and organizing images