Are you planning a photo shoot? Before you get started, you should take this checklist into account. With these tips, you can ensure that your pictures are beautiful and professional at the same time!
What should be included in your checklist:
1. The purpose: What should these images be used for?
Photo shoot for what? You may think that the images are used on your homepage or in an ad. But before you decide which type of photo shoot is best, there are a few things you should keep in mind: Where are these photos posted? Are portraits needed? Landscapes can also sometimes look better with certain backgrounds; don’t forget that when planning!
2. Create a folder with image ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration but don’t have a clear idea of what it should look like? Use popular search engines to create folders with images from the Internet. This allows you to find inspiration and let your own ideas flow.
That’s right, after a few photo shoots, you’ll have a whole folder full of picture ideas just waiting to be used! Because every time someone requests a certain type of photo (for example, “I want some cute baby photos”), we just have to choose the images and poses that we like the most and suit the photo shoot.
Conclusion: Photo shoots need preparation and that’s why you should always keep your checklist in mind. What are the goals of the photo session? For example, do you want to place an ad or post something on social media? Is it for personal use only? These are a few questions that you should answer beforehand.
3. Choose the right location
Once you’ve found a picture idea, you can link it to the right place. There are also many suitable places here that you can find using the search functions. Just make sure your photo equipment has enough light, or consider buying a mobile flash that can come in handy if there is no power outlet on site and you don’t have a mobile power generator either!
Consider the following:
● Local lighting conditions; is additional lighting required and/or is there electricity?
● Is it possible to predict the location of the shoot so that your images are more authentic?
● Parking facilities.
● Visa or parking spaces available?
● Is there a place for the model to change clothes?
When planning your photo shoot, go through the location and everything that goes with it one last time. Are there any costs that you need for this?
4. Find a perfect model for your shoot
The type of model you hire depends on the type of shoot. For example, if you are looking for an experienced professional who has worked in the industry for years and has worked internationally, then I would recommend looking for paid models. The ideal model should be someone who can embody your image idea and bring it to life. It’s important to take the time in advance before you commit, physically or financially, to see if that person meets all the requirements.
5. Choose an outfit
At this point, you’ll have to work hard to find the right outfit for your model. You can either ask her if she has clothes that are suitable for the shoot, or you can search online portals where people rent various items (clothes and utensils) that they need for photo shoots. Don’t just pay attention to what’s in stock, but also think about how many different variations there must be so that none of your shooting stars look like the other!
You can buy clothes from various retailers, but if you don’t find anything suitable at first glance, take a look around Amazon, where they usually have acceptable quality at low prices. The best thing about buying clothes online is that you can build up such a small collection – which we’ll combine later!
6. A contract regulating legal relationships is responsible for all parties involved.
Before you start filming, make sure that everyone involved agrees with the terms. You should have sent a copy of your contract or TFP agreement in advance so that everyone involved and potential participants know what they are getting into right from the start! If everything is arranged beforehand, you don’t have to concentrate on it during the photo shoot.
7. A make-up artist is necessary
The best way to find a make-up artist is through TFP or tap agreements. It’s important to make sure your makeup artist likes your idea, because if you don’t, it’ll be harder than necessary for both parties to get proper results on the shoot!
Visa pays attention to many important details that you could easily miss. They make sure everything is perfect, from checking that models’ face is powdered (and even using reflectors) to checking that every hair is properly fitted.
8. Plan time
Planning time is important for any photo shoot, but it’s especially important if you want to take model photos. Make sure you have enough lead time and plan ahead by considering all these factors: How much travel time will it take between shooting locations? What is the weather like? This is particularly important when it comes to outdoor shoots!
9. Create your packing list
Make sure you have a packing list! What do you need on location? Don’t forget to charge all batteries, bring enough memory cards and flash devices, and don’t forget your cables. Make sure your equipment fits in a car. Also consider whether another person is coming along with their equipment. What about transportation, do you have a parking space close to the shoot or not?
10. Organizational planning
The first thing that needs to be done now is to have an organizational planning session with all participants present so that everyone knows what role he/she will play on the day of shooting; does anyone have any questions about the above or specific concerns about the preparation? Is it warm enough for an outdoor shoot? Which light do you need and when is the best time to take the perfect shot? Not only do you make sure the conditions are available on site, but plan ahead if possible so that your shoot is truly a success.
11. Instruct your model before you start
You’ve prepared everything and you’re ready to go! The model is made up, the lighting is perfect. Now you (the photographer) just have to give clear instructions on how your model should pose so that you can take some nice shots. Don’t forget to give specific instructions. Important: You must not touch the model! Unless you’ve asked beforehand if it’s allowed. Otherwise, it’s a no-go!
12. Take care of your well-being during the shoot
When you’re on the road for several hours, it’s important to have something to eat and drink with you. Make sure the weather doesn’t get too cold, otherwise your model might feel uncomfortable! If necessary, you should also take something warm with you when he/she is in a cold environment.
13. The image editing
The photo shoot is over and you’re sitting at home in front of your computer screen, which is filled with the pictures. Throw away any pictures you don’t like right away. Sort roughly, but we don’t get it all away! After a few weeks or months, you’ll usually find that you like certain shots better than before.
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches to your image! Think about what kind of look you want for this project. Should it be cool or light and friendly?
Conclusion: Plan ahead so as not to fail on the first attempt!
It doesn’t make sense to complete a photo shoot without any preparation! As you can see from the list, every point is important and will help make your planned photo session a complete success. Whether these tips are right for YOUR needs depends entirely on what your goals are, but I think these tips can definitely help you out.