Hello Everyone! Today’s blog post is all about how to have a successful photo shoot. I’ve always been really curious about modeling and Instagram photoshoots. And I’m definitely not an expert, but I wanted to share some of my wisdom. There are going to be some tips, so hacks, and a couple of interesting stories from some of my shoots. Enjoy! When you are done reading this post, comment down below any tips you have or any questions you might have.
The key to having a productive and successful photo shoot is planning ahead. Where are you going to take pictures? What are they for? Your location might be closed that day, or maybe you get there and it’s not what you were expecting. Or maybe you want to do something local, so you have to find someplace nearby. What you definitely DON’T want to do is wake up the photoshoot day and have no idea where you are going, unless that’s how you roll.
Doing the same thing over and over again get’s boring and redundant. Switch it up! Make sure you switch up your outfits, the location, and or even the poses you do. You get more out of your photo shoot.
Not only do you have a plan ahead of time for the location, but depending on what you take pictures of, you need a plan. If you are taking pictures of flat lays or a haul, then there is more flexibility. On the other hand, if you are doing fashion pictures, you need to plan a little more thoroughly. What are you wearing? Will it be crowded? Is it close by or do you have to drive a long way? Do you have to wear it before the shoot or should you have a backup? These are the questions you have to ask when you prepare for the shoot and just some things to keep in mind when you do pick something.
Pack extra outfits! If you really want to get the most out of your photo shoot, pack multiple outfits for a larger variety of pictures for multiple uses. With different outfits, it’s also good to plan different locations. This is how you can take pictures in one day, but use them in many weeks and posts.
Make sure the weather is lining up with your plans. I can’t tell you how many times I have planned a shoot, and then I walked outside as was like, nope. In Virginia, it can be freezing one day and completely normal the next.
Be flexible and free up more time than you expected. Photo shoots take a lot of time, and if you have a time constraint, it might not be the best. This isn’t always the case, but if you have more time you can relax and really spend time on the quality of pictures.
Going back into the previous section, have fun. Photoshoots should be stress-free and an artistic outlet. If you want to get the most out of a photo shoot, not just pictures but the “experience”, then make sure you are enjoying it. In my experience, when I feel like the shoot is forced, the pictures don’t come out well and I end up wasting my times. Or when my sister, “my photographer”, is in a grumpy mood it rubs off onto me, and then no one is happy and none of the pictures are good. Sooooo, to sum it all up, make sure the photo shoot is fun for everyone and relaxed.
Share Your Advice! Even though I’m writing this entire post about having good photo shoots, I could use some advice. I am definitely not a professional and still have a long, long way to go until I can take pictures well and pose well.
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I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want to see the results of some of my photoshoots follow me on Instagram, @rorokdesigns. Photoshoots are really hard, in general, no matter how “professional” you may be. Most importantly, they should be fun! I hope some of these tips and anecdotes from experience helped! Thanks for reading.
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