How should you plan for your big photo shoot?
It’s been a long winter and planning for a photo shoot would be great but how do you start? Sometimes it’s important to know what you want out of the shoot. Shooting without knowing why won’t give you the best results. There should be something important now that you want capture and keep to remember and share with important people in your life. Sometimes its obvious like an engagement or baby or new dog. Others are less obvious. Sometimes it’s good to just take stock of what is going on around you and remember what’s happening.
Coming out of a long winter though can make it hard to know where to start. Once you decided on why, you should think of where. Do you want a formal studio look or do you like locations. I’m patial to locations because that place can be important to you. A favorite park or in your city. Even at your favorite pub can make for a more dynamic photo.
As someone who photographs pets and people, I like to know about the bond between the people so even if they don’t want to be in the photo, I will know the personality of the pet and get the photograph that expresses the pets personality.
The other thing to do is to take advatage of the spaces. If it’s an outdoor shoot, you want the best light and the background to look right. With the trees and bushes about to blume, you really want to take advantage of that narrow window. If it’s an interor shoot, you have some flexiblity on time but less on light. I always bring extra lights with me for both interior and exterior shoots because you never know how the light is going to fall.
So if you know why you want the photos and you have places that are important to you that you want to shoot at, then you just need to schedule with a photographer and make sure they understand your needs and you understand their process. I will often spend 30 – 60 minutes just talking with someone who is interested in me to get a sense of what they want, and who is involved so I’m prepaired to create the artwork they are hoping for.
It can be daunting to higher a photographer because each persons style is a little different and you might not know what questions to ask. A good photographer will be asking you lots of questions and try to get to know you. You should have a good feeling about that person too because if you don’t get along with them, you won’t trust them enough and your photos won’t be as good as you expected. Get a sense of the person and if you feel good, you’ll get better photos.