First Time doing a Photoshoot?

Embarking on a photoshoot might seem like a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time stepping in front of a camera. The nervousness and uncertainty can cloud your thoughts, making you question your ability to strike the perfect pose or deliver that enchanting smile.

However, it’s essential to remember that a photoshoot isn’t about achieving the flawless model look; it’s about telling your story, capturing moments, and showcasing genuine emotions. Here are three important points to ease your apprehensions and make the most out of your first photoshoot:

1. Embrace Your Authentic Self: The primary purpose of a photoshoot is to encapsulate the essence of who you are. It’s completely okay to have never done a photoshoot before; there’s no prerequisite for perfection. In fact, your unique qualities and natural expressions are what make you stand out. I am not seeking a picture-perfect model; instead,  I am excited to work with you and capture the beauty of your individuality. So, allow yourself to relax, let go of self-judgment, and bring your authentic self to the forefront. (TIP: if you take a little shot before the shoot it can help you loosen up)

2. Your Story Matters: Every photograph has a story to tell, and your first photoshoot is an opportunity to narrate your tale through images. The perfect shot doesn’t need to be the one where you’re striking a pose flawlessly; it’s the one that captures a genuine moment between you and your loved one. I am and am not just focusing on aesthetics; I am interested in capturing the emotions, interactions, and connections that define your relationship. So I will give you prompts without telling you what to do exactly. Let your guard down, engage with your partner, and let your love and joy shine through.

3. Capturing Moments, Not Perfections: The magic of a photoshoot lies in its ability to freeze a moment in time—a moment that might be filled with laughter, stolen glances, or tender embraces. Instead of fixating on achieving a magazine cover-worthy look, focus on the emotions you share with your partner. These are the moments that will resonate with you when you look back on the photos in the years to come. The beauty of a photoshoot lies in its imperfections and spontaneity; it’s about cherishing the journey, not just the destination.

In essence, your first photoshoot is a canvas to paint your love story. It’s perfectly fine to be nervous, but remember that the I aim to capture your uniqueness, interactions, and the love that binds you and your partner. So, embrace your authenticity, focus on the emotions you share, and let the photos speak volumes about your journey together. Each click of the camera is an opportunity to tell a chapter of your tale—a chapter filled with the vibrant hues of genuine connection and unfiltered love.

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San Francisco Wedding & Maternity Photographer, Stephane Leon, Woman smiles before ocean at golden hour


For the longest time I have been researching inside me about my true identity and my purpose in this world. I found in God my guidance and through His eyes I could finally see myself. I am here to serve you, and to help you see yourself with love. I am here to show you that your relationship with your loved one is the most special treasure you have in this life and having a moment to connect again is the most precious gift you will ever receive.