Arranging your own photoshoot for the first time can be a daunting process. Often a photographer can quickly feel overwhelmed by the planning and responsibility of being in charge of a photoshoot. Clickasnap has helped to offer a guide, which should help you plan and prepare for a photoshoot, giving you all the necessary hints and tips, so you can be prepare
Determine a shoot concept
If this is a photoshoot you are completing yourself to develop your portfolio, the choice is in your hands. Whether you are interested in fashion, portrait, product photography, etc. your concept needs to be decided before you begin the set-up process. Planning your concept pre-shoot will allow maximum time to capture the perfect shot on the day.
Alternatively, you may be completing a photoshoot as part of a client project. In this instance communication with your clients is key. They will have an end goal they are hoping to achieve, so working with them to develop a concept will lead to the best results.
A great way to choose your concept and plan how you want the images to look is to take a look at what’s out there. Use the online photo-sharing sites and social media platforms for inspiration from other photographers. If you are also part of a photo sharing community, you could also gather advice from fellow photographers.
Choose your location
This can often be a lengthy process, particularly if you need to go on the hunt for specific locations which match your concept. Some good things to ask when choosing your location are:
- Do you need a natural setting, or will your concept also require props?
- Will you need to budget for the renting of a location for the day and how much will this be?
- Is the location suitable for your set-up? This includes lighting, tripods, cameras, and space for additional preparation such as makeup and hair.
- How long will you be at the location and will the setting change as the day progresses? For example, when shooting outside you should consider how the natural lighting will develop throughout the day and if weather will cause you an issue.
Determine the equipment you will need
Your equipment will be the most important aspect to prepare for your photoshoot. It may seem as simple as a tripod and lens, however, when shooting different concepts and styles you will need to source the right equipment. For example, when shooting portraits, Film and DSLR cameras prove high-resolution image quality, whilst offering creative flexibility for you to capture the person’s facial expressions from a number of angles.
Ensure everyone involved is prepared
On the day of your photoshoot, it is very important for all those involved, from your models to makeup artists, etc. They must be aware of your schedule and the goals for the photoshoot for this to work well. Communication is therefore key. Often it is a good idea to set a schedule for the day, making it easier for you to lead the shoot. During shooting, we also recommend checking in with your models to guarantee they still feel comfortable and are happy with how the shoot is going. Taking a break throughout the day gives all involved time to review, reflect and re-energize.