One of the most common things I’m asked about by clients is how to prepare for a photo shoot. I’ve compiled the most requested information into one blog post which can be applied to most photo shoots, including engagement, lifestyle, boudoir, etc.
At least a month before the shoot:
At this point, we discuss the feel you want to go with for your photo shoot. Most of my clients have enjoyed doing activities or other adventures over just selecting a pretty place. Once we’ve figured out what you want your shoot to look like, then we can figure out where and when to do it. Sometimes we’ll put together a Pinterest board for inspiration, to help you hone your vision. (but we never replicate anything on Pinterest, as I respect other artists and would never want to just copy their work. I prefer that your photos are uniquely yours!). And I’m going to throw all kinds of ideas at you, so come with an open mind! Sometimes engagement sessions are more spur of the moment and we don’t do this sort of planning. Those adventures can be equally as fun.
At least a week before the shoot:
We’ll have a meeting to discuss the final wheres and whens. You’re going to want to figure out what to wear for your shoot. Some people opt to shop for outfits for their shoots, or rent from Rent the Runway and these will be dependent on the theme. It’s important that you feel at delighted and at home in your clothes. You can select one or a couple of outfits. Some people just bring a bunch of different things and we figure it out when we get there. Usually people change in the car or in local cafes, etc. For my work, I prefer clothes that are a little more dramatic, but that’s just my preference! I suggest that ladies get their hair and makeup done to look their very best for the camera, but again, that’s optional too.
A few days before the shoot:
It’s important to get plenty of rest and drink lots the days leading up to your shoot. Don’t forget your accessories.
What to expect on the day of:
I’ll give you some basic tips about posture and traditional posing when we start, which, if you’re getting married, will also be good pointers for the wedding day.On top of that, don’t worry about posing or making things perfect. I will pose you when needed, but it’ll also be equal parts improvisation. Mistakes are welcome and they are going to happen, so don’t stress. I love it when clients have shot ideas that they want to try and get excited and involved. The goal of the shoot is to play, to experiment, and see what works with the light. So don’t be too nervous. It’s almost like acting. You pick a character or a mood for yourself and we’ll play with that and have fun!