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Tips for a Successful Photo Shoot

Communication is Key!

Photo sessions are like most important goals in life, a little planning in advance goes a long way. Whether the photo shoot is of an individual or a group, the more thought that goes into the photo session beforehand, the better the photos turn out. Below are tips to keep in mind when preparing for your photo session:

  1. Contact your photographer…by phone! The important tip here is to make a ‘personal’ connection vs. texting or email.  During the phone call conversation, important details often emerge that may not have been revealed if communication is limited to just texting and emailing.  It also allows you to get better acquainted with your photographer and vice-versa. Developing that personal connection will help make the day of the photo shoot much less stressful.

  2. The time of day for the photo shoot matters! If you are not a morning person and really aren’t yet alive until midday or even later, plan the shoot according to the time of day that you most feel ‘alive’.   If your shoot is outdoors, the best time for the shoot is during what is termed ‘the golden hour’.  Typically, this is 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours prior to sundown.  This is when the lighting outdoors is best for outdoor photography.  Trust me, lighting truly matters.   Work with your photographer to schedule your outdoor session during this time so you look your best in soft, magical light.

  3. Wardrobe – Whether I’m shooting models or families, wardrobe considerations are very important. I often ask models or clients to send over pics by phone of the wardrobe options they are contemplating.  After I view the clothing and accessories, I usually take this opportunity to reach out to the model or client to make suggestions.  This exchange also allows the photographer an opportunity to plan backdrops and lighting options.

  4. Ask Questions – Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your photographer. I’m always inspired when clients pose questions to me. This shows me that they have a vested interest in the outcome of the shoot.

Conclusion – Your photo session should be fun, unique, and leave you feeling inspired and delighted. I hope these tips were helpful!  Don’t discount the importance of good communication in advance of your photo session.   Keeping these tips in mind can make all the difference in the photos.  Best of success to you on your next photo session!



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