Interview with Rebecca Sehn | GBPW Episode 146

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Rebecca Sehn.

Just keeping it simple has always worked best for me.

Rebecca Sehn

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In this episode, I speak with family and children photographer Rebecca Sehn. Rebecca captures the essence of relationships in her work. Her natural yet dreamy style has drawn many people to her photography.

We talk about:

  • Tips for finding photography clients locally and internationally
  • Rebecca’s clever approach to models and wardrobe guidelines
  • How to value your work and make a living as a photographer

& much more!

I’m sure that this interview will introduce you to a new kind of photography. Rebecca juggles her family life and business elegantly, and she has a very specific approach that might work for you. If you’re interested in taking better photos of families or want to find more clients, make sure to listen to this episode!

Here is a preview of our conversation with Rebecca Sehn.

portrait of family outdoors by Rebecca sehn

Q: Your photos are known for being very natural. How do you guide your models?

Rebecca Sehn: Most people feel the most comfortable in front of the camera when they’re moving. They’re walking with their kids or they’re lifting their kids into the air.

We’ll do ones where they’re standing still or sitting still, but only for a second. Beyond that, I almost always have them moving in some way.

dreamy family portrait by Rebecca sehn

Q: How can photographers find their own distinct style?

Rebecca Sehn: It took me a few years to get into a groove of the way that I liked to shoot. I think one thing you could think about is that it’s not all about the edit. It’s a lot about what you’re shooting.

If you’re shooting families, what are those people wearing? Where are you shooting? What’s in the background and how does it all work together? For me, that’s a huge part of the way my photos look. It’s not just that I can shoot anything in any light. It starts when you’re planning the shoot itself.

wide photo of family on the beach

Q: Should more photographers offer photo books to their clients?

Rebecca Sehn: I think it’s important to give your clients something that’s printed, especially if you’re trying to market yourself as a high-end photographer or a luxury photographer.

It’s not that complicated to do it. I just put one portrait on each page of the album. Maybe that’s where some photographers get hung up on offering them, between finding the vendor who’s going to print your book, figuring out how to do the design, and working it out with the clients. It can probably feel a little bit daunting to get started sometimes.

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Taya Iv is a portrait photographer, 500px ambassador, and host of Great Big Photography World podcast.
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