Lately, it’s not been a good time for a photo shoot for my website. You name it – pandemic, the full-scale invasion of russian forces of Ukraine, etc. Even the idea of getting ready for a phot shoot was irrelevant.
I decided to do a photo shoot in between the air raid alerts. Being outdoors was scary because of the constant bombings.
Let’s have a look at my tips!
We scheduled a meeting. I picked up a location outdoors, where the natural light is always good – not too bright, not too dark. I’ve been to that place not once that’s why I know it. I highly recommend checking a location before having a photo shoot there.
In addition, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast.
Write down the purpose of a photo shoot. Set an outcome goal, which tells you the endpoint. State a sense of your literal story.
You may want to create a sense of story and/or capture a moment or moments of something.
I wanted to show that I work 100% online, I’m self-employed, so I can work from anywhere, from any device (that’s why we took pictures with a laptop and a mobile phone).
I aimed to look as natural as I could. Usually, I don’t conduct classes/consultations wearing big earrings or necklaces. I wear casual clothes in my everyday professional and private life. That’s why I wear casual clothes and jewelry, which I wear every day. My hair was done not in a fancy way. In one word – I wanted to show the real me.
I wanted to show that I still enjoy writing by hand in this digital world. Details are important to me. That’s why I took my MyndMap planner, a Tiffany, and a Swarovski pen.
Tell your photographer about your goals.
I created a public folder on my Pinterest to get more clarity for my photographer and me. We used them as inspiration. With the help of pictures on Pinterest, I could communicate easily to tell what I wanted to see. If you are curious about looking at my folder, you are welcome to have a look at it here.
If you are a woman or a man, I highly recommend you apply some makeup. Remember that a camera “eats it up.” So, if you are a lady, apply more makeup than usual. Take some powder and/or oil control blotting paper for face with you.
A day before, I did my hair just the way I wanted to be pictured. I did not want to mess my hair up on the morning of my photo shoot.
This is one of my favorite talking points; I could talk for hours. I used to work on TV and a bit as a photo model, so I have a lot to tell. Should I write a blog post about it?
Do not wear any of these patterns ⤵️
Before the photo shoot, I told the photographer where exactly I would use the pictures. That’s why I sent her the sizes in px. I needed some pictures for
my website – 2048×1402 px and 1080×1080 px;
Instagram posts – 1080×1080 px;
Instagram Stories – 1080×1920 px.
Overall, the better you are prepared, the more you will like the outcome.
I’d love to read about your experience with photo shoots – leave a comment below or contact me on social media/email.
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