This is a question I get asked a lot from my clients in preparation for a photoshoot. The good news is that I've had experience both in front, from my influencing days @rhiannoncaptures, and behind the camera. So here's a list of my top recommendations on how to prepare for a photoshoot;
That's right, don't be tempted to skip this as you're investing in a photoshoot. The more you plan ahead, the more you will get from the session and I'm here to help!
This is the best way to create inspiration for your shoot along with ideas for location and props too. I encourage all my clients to collect images of anything they're drawn to, this way a clear thread will form which will indicate exactly what's needed for the photoshoot.
Before I embark on any shoot, having a clear direction on what the pictures are for and where they're going is essential. Do you need images for your new website or image banner, social media channels or Ad campaigns, perhaps you're looking for a book cover? The more specific you can be, the better.
Have a think about what space bests represent you and your brand. Is it your happy place, your home, a local cafe, your workplace or even look into the option of hiring a venue or using a friends house or workplace if that feels better.
Read more on 'How to find locations for a shoot' here.
Please don't leave this to the night before the shoot as you may need to purchase additional clothes or accessories to roundup your looks. I would suggest wearing a hint of brand colours and avoid wearing crazy prints and baggy clothing. Also, make sure you iron or steam your clothes prior to shoot day.
- Take photos of your chosen outfits via your phone to ensure you like the overall looks.
- You can return items following the shoot, just make sure you leave the tags on.
It's never a bad idea to bring a prop or two to a photoshoot. It helps you feel more comfortable in front of the camera and will also help tell a story. My goal as a photographer is to capture you and your personality on camera. This can be done through encouraging genuine emotion throughout the session, but I also find it's fun and sometimes necessary to incorporate props to fully capture all of you and your unique vision.
- Hair & Makeup
If you're thinking of getting a new look, I would encourage doing this weeks in advance to your shoot. Also do consider a root touchup or even investing in a blow-dry on shoot day should you want to achieve a desired look. The same goes with your makeup - perhaps it's worth booking a makeup artist? If so, get in touch as I have some great recommendations.