Monday, August 16, 2010

Making the Best of Your Shoot

I came across a great quote the other day and I thought it was very fitting for today's post.

"Remember, beautiful and memorable portraits do not just happen, they are carefully planned."

So perfect. So true.

If were being completely honest here, no one can make your shoot more enjoyable and memorable than you. That's not to say I don't play a very important role, nonetheless, the circumstances leading up to, and during your shoot, will make or break it. So I've tried to come up with a little helpful list.

1. Plan Ahead- It's a good idea to plan for your photo shoot from the very beginning.
  • The web is a great place to go for inspiration. Take a look around at outfit coordination, locations, props, etc. (Themed shoots are really popular right now, and I totally love them!)
  • Waiting around until the last minute can cause unneeded stress.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for ideas or help. I love the creative process of my job and I might a have about a million ideas swirling around in the back of my head...
2. Hair & Makeup- I think having your hair styled and makeup done by a professional is the single best thing you can do for your photo shoot.
  • This freaks a lot of people out, but I promise, I wouldn't suggest it if I didn't see the added value.We all feel pretty when we've just stepped out of the salon and people who feel pretty, look pretty.
  • If you plan ahead, there's no reason why you couldn't coordinate your regularly scheduled maintenance (cut, color, eyebrow wax) for the same day as your photo shoot.
  • I'm also a big advocate of practice what you preach. There is no way I would suggest this, if I wouldn't do it myself. In fact, the last time we did pictures, I had scheduled my hair appt. for the same day. To date, my favorite pictures of me, EVER! I don't think I'll ever have pictures done again with out having my hair done first! Of course, make sure it's someone you trust and you have a clear picture of what you want. Nobody wants to walk out of a salon crying, especially if they're going to have their picture taken.
3.Make it a family affair- Alright, I could possibly dedicate a full post to how to get your kids and husband to cooperate (let's face it, sometimes the husband is just as bad, if not worse than the kids) but I'll try to keep it as simple as possible.
  • Number 1&2 are a great start, cause let's face it..."If Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
  • Have it become a family tradition. I recommend once a year when the kids are past the age of two (this way nobody gets burnt out).
  • I also recommend positive reinforcements (often referred to as bribes). This can simply be doing something fun together afterwards, like going to the park or dinner. You'll know what will work for your family.
  • {{{Shhhh}}}...Ladies, come in real close for this next one..."positive reinforcements" just might work for your hubbie's too. I'm just sayin'.

4. Stay cool- Because meltdowns are pretty much inevitable.
  • The best way to recover is by staying calm.
  • Don't set yourself up for failure. Make sure everyone is fed, bathed, and napped beforehand (probably the three key things when where dealing with the little ones).

Alright, did I cover it all? Probably not, so feel free to contact me anytime with any questions you might have.

1 comment:

Sher said...

those are awesome tips! I'll beg my hubby to let me schedule a photo shoot soon!