How to Get the Most Out of Your Photo Shoot

By DeAna Fierce

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When you have a photo shoot it is easy to focus on the outcome. But you will quickly realize that a successful photo shoot takes preparation and some work behind the scenes.

The beauty of a photo shoot is the world gets to see only the finished product, not the process.

Today we are going to explore 6 things you can do to prepare for your next photo shoot to help you get the most out of it. These 6 things can be applied to each and every photo shoot that you may have and it doesn’t matter what level of experience you have or the type of photo shoot. These steps can be applied to each and everyone, so let’s dig in.

1. Create a mood board

Photography is a form of art and when working with others you have to share your vision with them, a mood board does just this. Your mood board should contain wardrobe outfits makeup and hair inspiration. You can even location ideas that you may have in mind for the overall look for your photo shoot. Keep in mind you are showing your vision to others so it can be as detailed as you would like it. Using online magazines and websites can help keep your ideas easy to send and share via Google Docs or Dropbox. Using one of these services gives you the ease of sharing your mood board to all of those who will be on set. Also, a good rule of thumb is to either print or save your mood board on your phone or mobile device and bring it with you on set. to keep it with you while on set.

2. Book a photographer

Not all photographers are created equally, always communicate with the photographer first and share your vision to see if they can help you bring it to life.   Using Facebook, Instagram,  and are great sources to find photographers in your area. These platforms allow you to find photographers, view their work and contact them easily. Once you have found a photographer you can contact them, inquire about their rates and availability. I always advise to communicate with the photographer first and share your mood board with them so they can see what you are wanting to capture and you can know if they will be able to capture the looks you are wanting.  Once you have a date and time that works for you then you can schedule your photo shoot. Some photographers may require a deposit, make sure to ask the photographer about their payment process that they have in place. If you schedule your shoot a more than 7 days out always confirm with the photographer 48 hours before your scheduled shoot just to ensure everything is locked in.

Not all photographers are created equally, always communicate with the photographer first and share your vision to see if they can help you bring it to life.

3. Set a purpose for your shoot

Set a purpose for your shoot this doesn’t have to be shared with anyone, as long as you know why you are doing this photo shoot. Setting a goal for yourself helps to keep you focused on the bigger picture so that you aren’t just winging it but you are in front of the camera. Grab your free photo shoot checklist.  to help you prepare for your next photo shoot. When investing in your business, portfolio or blog you want to make sure you do everything you can to receive the best results. Having a purpose in your photo shoot will keep you focused on the big picture.

With a goal in mind, you have a mission and you know what you are working towards for your photo shoot.

 4. Pack your bags (24 hours) 

Save yourself from the stress, prepare and pack your things no later than 24 hours in advance. This included making sure all of your clothes are pressed and hanging up on hangers. It is best to pack your bags and have everything somewhere you will remember to grab them on the way out the door.  This will help you take your time getting things together and making sure you have the essentials such as jewelry, shoes, and makeup. You might have a wardrobe stylist and makeup artist working with you in your photo shoot. It is always a safe practice to bring an emergency back-up of things just in case.

5. Healthy habits

If you haven’t started already you need to start today! Start adapting healthy choices into your diet and lifestyle. Drink plenty of water before your photo shoot to help your skin look radiant and refreshed. Get a nice workout in before and make sure you take care of all of the other personal hygiene items on your list such as shaving and exfoliating. Get plenty of rest the night before. You want to look and feel your best the day of your photo shoot.

Get plenty of rest the night before don’t depend on photoshop to airbrush your sleepy under-eye bags!

6. Arrive early

Do not be late. Try your best to arrive 20-30 minute prior to your scheduled time. Arriving early gives you time to breathe and reset before meeting the photographer. It also gives you time to introduce yourself to those who you are meeting and working with for the first time.  You always want to show industry professionals that you are a professional as well and you value their time. So you will pretty much look bad-aspen!

Regardless of your level of experience, these 6 photo shoot preparation items can help you achieve more out of your next photo shoot. Use them to help relieve the unnecessary stress on your photo shoot day. feel more confident in yourself without any extra things to worry about on this exciting day.

What are some steps you take to prepare for your photo shoot? Leave your comment below and let’s talk about it!

Don’t leave without grabbing your free photo shoot checklist and use it on your next photo shoot!



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