8 ways to improve your photographs – for photographers

I rarely write anything just for photographers so here goes. Here are 8 ways to improve your photographs – for photographers. I hope it helps 🙂

1. Get to know who you’re shooting, and let them get to know you.

Sounds pretty straight forward right, but it’s easily missed. In other words, if you’re just in this for the payday, it will show. Be honest with yourself, and then the rest is easy.

London Black Newborn Photographer Samantha Black

2. There’s no reason why you can’t get what they want, and what you want. Just figure out how.

First and foremost, if you really want to improve your photographs you must listen to your clients. What you want AND what they want matters, after all, they have chosen you so there has to be room for creativity. If you can’t get anything you want done, then ask yourself, is this a dealbreaker?

3. Know your gear and your light, your camera and lenses needs to be an extension of your arm

I’m shocked how so many photographers don’t know their gear or how to read light with confidence. I’ll be honest I’m not super technical, but I work within my means and push boundaries too. This comes from a place of practice and learning.

You’ll be able to give your all to a family when you feel super at ease about your gear.

Practice, practice, fail, then practice some more. You see, it’s not about being perfect, it’s about learning from your mistakes. Mistakes are necessary in what we do… 👌🏾

Mother and Baby Portrait by Samantha Black Photography

4. Have a vision – but be willing to change it

A plan is good, just be prepared for the unexpected.

5. Work in your zone of genius

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work outside your zone of genius; of course, you should always challenge yourself. However, when it comes to clients’, if you’re marketing yourself to families, they are coming to you because they like something. Remember that, keep a certain level of consistency and be mindful of what drew them in.

Black and White Child Portrait Photographer London

6. Don’t overthink it

Yes, just don’t. Keep it simple and you’ll find a groove.

7. Accept that you may have to take several shots to get that one shot you love. That’s life.

Natural Child Portrait Photographer London

8. Check your shots from time to time. Reshoot if you have to.

It took me a while to get confident around asking people to do things again, but I had to bite the bullet because I wanted to improve my images. Basically if you want to get it right, get it right. Ultimately they will know you’re aiming to nail it. It goes without saying, the fact you picked up on something that was a bit off shows courage and humility.

I hope these 8 ways to improve your photographs – for photographers help improve your photographs, and how you work.


I’m Samantha. I’m a North London Family Photographer and International Lifestyle, Portrait and Still Life Photographer. Mindful Mama of 2, leaning into conscious living. Lover of plants and light.

I create meaningful portraits that resonate with your soul. I also help conscious brands better connect with their tribe through honest storytelling and impactful imagery. 

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