Photo Tip #27-Take Control of Your Photo Shoots
As a photographer, it's your job to take control of a photo shoot. You don't have to be mean, but assert yourself and give clear, concise directions as needed. Often there will be a family member, in-law, or just "busy body" who will try to stick their nose into your work-telling you anything from "my cousin Frank is a photographer" to "you're not getting her *good* side." Stop this behavior by being direct, firm, but polite. Communicate what you are doing, stay busy, keep moving, and work directly with your subjects to cut these people off at the pass, and keep them from taking over.
Typically, if you take control of a shoot in the first few minutes, it's easy to retain it for the remainder of the shoot. You can still be a soft-spoken, mild mannered photographer, but make sure you step up and assert your leadership and vision when working because, ultimately, you're the one responsible for the image.