Life Experience: Doing A Photoshoot

A few weeks back I decided it would be fun to try doing a photoshoot. I saw a local photographer had some spaces open so I contacted him and we decided on a casual night shoot. I had a fantastic time and the photos he produced for me are something I’m glad I have.

As a first-timer, here are some things that I learned along the way that might help you if you don’t have a lot of experience in front of the camera, like me.

  • Ask if you’re responsible for hair and makeup. Chances are good you will be, unless this is a major production but it’s always good to check so you’re sure and so you’re prepared.

  • Bring a couple of articles of clothing that are easy to change into so the photos will look like they’re taken at different times. For my photoshoot, I brought a shawl, 2 coats, 2 scarves and one other pair of boots.

  • Confirm with the photographer if these photos will be headshots, full-bodied, or a combination of both. That can help you with your wardrobe choices. You don’t need a change of shoes if the photographer is only doing headshots.

  • Confirm with the photographer if these photos will be colour, black and white, or a combination of both.

  • Learn how to pose and then practice posing. Your photographer may be great at taking photos but they may not have developed the skills to direct you yet. If you search YouTube for “posing for photography” there are all kinds of helpful videos. I’d HIGHLY suggest searching out Lindsay Adler who is a fantastic photographer but really knows how to help her subject pose. I’d suggest checking out her website and taking some of her posing courses on CreativeLive. I’m still working on this one. I wasn’t quite sure how to pose myself so, this is also a good tip for photographers—learn how to direct your subject so you can get the best out of them.

I lucked out and was really pleased with the majority of the shots that were taken that night. Here are some of my favourites:

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