We all want to look like a star in our photos. Collecting likes on social media, adding business portraits to a website, work badges or showing nice albums to family and friends. In order to get the desired result, you not only need to find a good photographer, but also tune in and prepare properly for the photo shoot. So, you have fulfilled the first point: you are already on the page of a professional photographer. Let’s take a look at how to prepare for a photo shoot.
1. SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS TOGETHER WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER
I don’t know how it works for others, but I like it when the customer knows what they want and what they don’t want and sends photos in advance as examples. He knows what style he wants the shoot in, where he wants the shoot to be, etc. You don’t have to force it though. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, we can always figure it out together. But when you’ve had something you’ve been dreaming about for a while, don’t be afraid to talk about it. This will guarantee that you’ll get photos exactly how you imagine them, and it will also make the photographer’s job easier. So we’ve covered the first point on how to prepare for a photo shoot, let’s move on to the next one.
2. AS PART OF YOUR PREPARATION, THINK ABOUT CLOTHING AND PROPS
Clothes and props can do a lot. However, the choice mainly depends on the style of the shoot and the location.
When it’s a business photo shoot, of course, you need to wear a formal dress code.
When it’s a family photo shoot or a couple photo shoot, it’s good to have matching outfits (they don’t have to be exactly the same, but at least have the same colors or shades).
Clothes can also be matched by color. For example, if you know you’re going to be photographed against a black background, choose brightly colored clothing – yellow, red, green, etc. Such colours will add the right contrast to the photos.
HERE YOU CAN SEE A CONTRAST CHART THAT WILL HELP YOU CREATE A NICE OUTFIT ACCORDING TO THE BACKGROUND YOU WILL HAVE AT THE PHOTO SHOOT.
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CONTRAST, IT IS NOT ALWAYS A STABLE RULE. SOMETIMES THE STYLE OF THE PHOTO CAN BE ON PURPOSE IN THE SAME COLORS WITH DIFFERENT SHADES.
3. ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN PREPARATION FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT
Are you bothered by partly peeled nail polish? Take it off and give yourself a simple manicure. Don’t want to be frizzy? Do a simple hairstyle, take a brush and a small mirror with you. Do your make up, iron and clean your clothes. Get a good night’s sleep so you don’t get bags under your eyes. Things like this can spoil photos and not everything can be retouched after the shoot.
4. TRY TO PRACTICE DIFFERENT POSES BEFORE THE SHOOT
The more detailed preparation for the photo shoot on your part, the easier the photo shoot and more nice shots for you in the end. I can definitely direct you, show you a few different poses. But if you take 5-10 minutes at home to look at photos with different poses, there’s a good chance that something even better will come out of it. I recommend looking on Pinterest for ideas.
5. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING - A GOOD MOOD!
Even if you forget something or break out in a rash – no stress. It’s normal and everything can be solved. The rash will resolve itself and you’ll find that what you forgot at home, you don’t need after all anyway. Preparing for the shoot is important, but the main thing you should definitely not forget is good mood. I do my photo shoots not only for pretty pictures, but also for memorable experiences. I want you to enjoy it and have something to smile about later.
When you have other questions or want to book a photo session, feel free to contact me via the form.