Many people have little idea what is involved in doing a shoot, and this can cause unnecessary anxiety. It is an intense experience, but one that is usually a lot of fun.What do you need to do prior to the shoot?
Here's some suggestions:
What is it like on a shoot?
- Get a good night's sleep before the shoot.
- You are responsible for choosing the outfits you want to wear. Pick whatever makes you feel most yourself! Accessories are great and can make a so-so image into something special.
- Wear at least light foundation makeup - a camera lens can be cruel, though I work to address any flaws in post-processing. But it is easier to start from a good base!
- Drink plenty of water beforehand, and take some with you. It's active work doing a shoot, and you need to stay well hydrated to keep up the energy and look your best.
- Bring along some snacks on the shoot. Again, we need energy levels to be high, and a hungry subject is not a happy one!
A shoot should be a fun experience for all! It's also an intense, and somewhat intimate experience over a 2 - 3 hour period, with a close rapport between photographer and subject. The boyfriend of one of my subjects (Lisa) was kind enough to document his girlfriend's shoot and share his images with me. Collin Daugherty's pictures will hopefully give you an inside view of the interaction on a typical shoot.