Do’s and Don’ts for the Perfect Con Photo Shoot

With convention season in full swing, there are thousands of geeks who will be queuing up to get their photos taken with their favourite stars of TV and film.  It’s an exciting time and the anticipation builds from the day you book your tickets until the moment you are next in line.  But what are the ‘rules’ when it comes to these photo shoots?  Having only recently started to participate in this phenomenon myself, I wondered….are there set do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting your picture taken with your favourite geek icon?  I wasn’t sure so I came up with a few myself!

 

DON’T

  • Launch into a long rambling spiel about how they are your favourite actor/writer/director ever, that you are their Number one fan, that you have seen everything that they have ever been involved in and that you named your pet hamster after them.  You have a very limited time with this person and there’s no way they could take it all in.
  • Automatically rush in for a bear hug.  Not everyone is a touchy-feely kind of person and this may just be a wee bit too forward.  It’s more than likely that your celebrity will put their arm around your shoulder.  This isn’t an excuse to squeeze them within an inch of their life!  You can just lightly place your hand on their back or waist.
  • Be disappointed when your meeting with them only lasts for 30 seconds or so.  There are normally hundreds of people waiting behind you in line for their turn and limited time to get through them all.

 

Meeting 'Xander' was nerve-wracking but he was lovely and a hugger!

Meeting ‘Xander’ was nerve-wracking but he was lovely and a hugger!

DO

  • Greet them with a big smile.  Smiling makes everyone less uncomfortable and in an environment like this, it just puts everyone at ease.
  • Have something in mind to say.  The first ever photo shoot I took part in was terrifying and I couldn’t think of a single thing to say.  I wish I had said ‘hello’ or ‘lovely to meet you’ or ‘thank you for coming out to see us today’.  Instead I said something along the lines of ‘ashdhskdhshduhdhosa’
  • Remember that this photo is going to stay in your collection for a long time. Take a few seconds just to get yourself into a comfortable position, smile widely, chin down and eyes open.  A good photographer will check to see that the photo is well taken (i.e you didn’t blink) and will take a second one if the first didn’t work out
  • Take a prop.  If there is something that you want to appear in the picture with you and your hero, take it along.  If they are a real pro, they will make the picture memorable by using the prop and give you a photo that makes you smile every time you look at it.
Robert Englund is an amazing convention guest - articulate, interested in his fans and just great fun!

Robert Englund is an amazing convention guest – articulate, interested in his fans and just great fun!

 

There’s probably more items that I can’t think of or that I am not aware of.  What are your top tips for photo shoot etiquette?  Have you ever had one go wrong?

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