A photoshoot is not just about paying for a photographer and renting a studio; it’s also about exciting preparation. What to start with and what not to forget? – photographer Gennady Yagupov says.
1. Getting to know the photographer
For an hour, or even more, you will be in direct contact, including emotionally. So for your comfort, get to know the photographer beforehand. At the meeting, you can discuss ideas, ask for advice and help and just talk about life – with someone you know, it will be much easier and more pleasant to work on the shoot, and you will be able to really relax. More info about Gennady Yagupov here
Now the Internet is replete with countless ideas for photo shoots and poses. How to position your hands, how to turn to the camera, where to direct your gaze – all this knowledge is like a multiplication table: without them, of course, you can, but it is difficult.
An experienced photographer will tell you how best to stand and what poses to take because the camera “sees” somewhat differently than we do.
To feel more confident in front of the camera, rehearse the poses you like in front of the mirror. Try sitting, standing, and half-turned.
It is very important that each pose is physically comfortable and easy for you – any discomfort and tension will be noticeable in the picture. So don’t copy anyone’s image 100%, but just take it as a basis.
One of the foundations of a successful photo shoot. And the more precisely you think out the desired image, the better the photo shoot will be.
Answer for yourself the questions:
- How many people will be in the photo?
- What mood do you want to convey?
- Will it be a portrait shoot or themed?
- Will it be a story shoot or improvised?
After you answer these questions, the concept will line up by itself, and you’ll know exactly what you want as a model.
And, of course, don’t forget to discuss it with the photographer.
5. Clothing. Shoes. Accessories
It is very important to prepare in advance all the necessary clothes and shoes and … take even more to the shooting! After all, sometimes it looks much better and more advantageous in the frame, not quite familiar in everyday clothes. An experienced photographer will tell you what to choose for a specific idea, location, or scene.
Make sure your clothes are washed and ironed, as the studio light and flash “see” all the details.
Remember that the clothes are only an accessory, not the focal point of the photo shoot.
Makeup artists have a special concept – “makeup for a photo shoot.” What does it mean? It is a familiar makeup but a little more dense and bright because the camera “eats up” some of the color. But it’s important not to overdo it because it has to look natural.
And what I advise all the models to do for the shoot is to even out the skin tone and make the eyes expressive.
Before the photo shoot, refrain from traumatic procedures – peeling, waxing, injections, tanning, etc.
It’s better to do all these things in advance to avoid possible troubles.
7. The choice of a photographer
Before the photo session, be sure to look at the portfolio of the photographer. Every photographer has his own style, manner of work, and style of processing photos.
So be guided not by the cost but by the result that you want to get.
It is very unpleasant to get bad photos in unnatural processing, even if they cost very little.
8. Before you take the picture
- Make sure you get plenty of sleep.
- Don’t do any major physical activities the night before.
- Don’t drink a lot of water at night, and don’t eat heavy food to avoid edema.
- Prepare everything you need in advance.
- In the morning, do a light physical workout.
If the photo session is planned for more than an hour, take water and a light snack with you.
9. Set Up
Even if you’re wearing your best makeup and a million-dollar dress or suit, it will all be in vain if you’re not in the mood. Conversely, even in the simplest of clothes, but with a positive attitude, you can make real masterpieces.
This law is unbreakable.
- Find out the exact address of the studio or location beforehand.
- Arrive at the studio 10-15 minutes before the start of the shoot. Time for changing clothes, changing shoes is also time!
- Turn off the sound on your phone, so you don’t get distracted during the photo shoot.
- The most important and useful tip is to relax and be yourself!