Throughout my experience of shooting and working with different people, I’ve noticed 5 major key factors that always help make a photo shoot run smoothly and get you the best results. These 5 factors may not work for every photographer but for me it has made my career so much better.
B E O N T I M E / C O M M U N I C A T I O N
First and foremost its always a good thing to be on time and communicate with those working on the shoot. When shooting and preparing for a shoot you should treat it like an interview. An interview is a priority, correct? You should treat your shoots the same. Especially if you want to leave a good impression with those working on the shoot. We are all human and sometimes situation come about, that’s why communication is important. So reaching out to your photographer to inform them you’re running late is common courtesy and it goes a long way.
F E E L I N G C O M F O R T A B L E
Feeling Comfortable is also important not only for the model but for the photographer as well. There’s many things you can do to help cut the tension for both parties. As a photographer I always try to make people laugh and also asking questions to get to know them builds a rapport with them, which makes the shoot run smoothly. Being professional is very important but it doesn’t mean you have to be a robot. Having great vibes during a shoot puts everyone involved in a good space.
C O N F I D E N C E I S K E Y
Confidence can be seen in images. That’s where communication comes in handy. As the model you can always communicate with the photographer beforehand to see what they’re trying to capture during the shoot, that way on the day of the shoot you already have an idea of what is expected. The camera is literally your friend. Being comfortable will bring out the confidence in you. Believe in yourself, believe in your art and just have fun.
B E O P E N T O I D E A S
Don’t shy away from being experimental during a shoot. Be open to new ideas on the spot and also incorporating your creativity as the model helps. Trust that the photographer only has good intensions for you during the shoot. I’m always open to the mind of the model and taking feedback. Two minds together are better than one.
C A R R Y A C E R T A I N E T I Q U E T T E A F T E R T H E S H O O T
Carry a certain etiquette after the shoot. If you’re going to post the photos always make sure to give credit to everyone that were involved with bringing this shoot to life. Also when receiving the finalize images from the photographer, do not put a filter on the image or crop it. Its insulting the hard work and art of the photographer. As a photographer, if you enjoyed working with a model, sending a short thank you note and saying why you enjoyed working with them. Also if the model is getting paid for these images, try getting printed at timely manner.
Professionalism and courtesy goes a long way.
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