Most of my clients have been happy to let me do my thing, direct them how and where to stand, take the photos, and get the job done. Occasionally I get a client who seems uncertain of my ability to take photos and wants to take over the photo shoot and direct their family how to pose (even wanting them to pose in unlfattering ways) and totally disrupting the shoot. I make every effort before a shoot when talking with potential clients to show them the quality of work I can produce via my portfolio, answer questions they have, and get a solid idea of the type of photos they're looking for, as well as directing them where to meet, how to dress, etc. But I still get the odd client here or there who gets out there and within 2 minutes of the shoot starts to get awkward.
For example, I was doing a family photo shoot this last fall. I had a mom who once we got out there refused to smile, acted like she was fed up and irritated with me, and started posing her adult children. All of this before I even got to take one photo. Typically I have no issues interacting with clients and our shoots are a lot of fun and the clients have fun.
So my question is, how often do you come across clients like this, and how do you deal with clients like this. Obviously we got through the shoot and got some beautiful photos, but it was a difficult hour.