Photography 101: The Ultimate Photoshoot Hack

June 8, 2022

Jessica Goldfarb

Social Media Account Manager

What’s the #1 important thing to consider in a photo shoot? It’s not the camera, it’s not the models, it’s actually the planning!

You could have the best idea in the world for a photo, but to achieve it, you need to spend a little time thinking first. It’s time to put together a game plan. πŸ’₯πŸ“

There are several things to consider when planning for your shoot, all equally important. We’ll go over some of the basics:

Perfect Timing!

A lot of scheduling for a shoot needs to be done with respect to the lighting conditions at different times of the day.

Let’s say you’re wanting to capture one of those πŸ”₯ Queen City sunsets as a backdrop to one of your photos. If the sun sets at 5:14 PM (thanks a lot, daylight savings πŸ˜’) you’ll need to be on-site and set up well before then!

If there are other things you want to capture during your photoshoot, like an event or daytime activities, you’ll need to plan around those as well.

It’s always best to have a tentative schedule when going in to keep yourself on track and focused!

Keep It Clean

Whether you’re the one behind the camera or not, you can control how your photos will look with a little bit of staging.

Make sure wherever you’re shooting is free of debris and clutter. It’s a lot easier to pick up a stray sock than to edit it out in photoshop!

Keep yourself and your models looking clean too. Make sure your wardrobe aligns with the concept of your shoot, from the style to the color palette. 🎨

If you’re not sure what to wear, black, grey, navy blue, or neutrals are always a safe bet.

Know Your Needs

If you’re DIY-ing your shoot, make sure you have all the right gear.

This includes your camera, the proper lens, backup batteries, SD cards, external lighting, tripods, diffusers, and more (depending on your shoot).

If you’re working with a photographer, communication is key πŸ—£οΈ. Sit down and have an in-depth content call to discuss and come up with a game plan.

Share with them your vision, talk about your schedule, and have a discussion. Your photographer might have some good ideas πŸ’‘ or be able to troubleshoot any problems you might run into.

The more you can talk about your shoot and the more you plan, the better the outcome will be!

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