There are important things to keep in mind when planning a photoshoot as a blogger. From a lot of experience, planning ahead always results in a seamless and professional photoshoot . You need structure in place, especially if this shoot is for a brand. If you ever wanted to get the basics down and understand photoshoot planning, this is the perfect article for you. Let’s get right into it.
Plan/Layout Each Look
Lay out each look you’d like to wear before your shoot date. I would recommend laying out all of the details in the outfit to get a full view of what you’re working with. That includes everything from the neck down that you want to incorporate. Make Up too for those wanting to wear make up. You want to have a clear visual of what each outfit is going to look like. This will help keep you organized so you know what you’re wearing at all times. If you have more than one look, I would recommend also taking photographs of each look and the accessories incorporated in each.
Try on Each Look Before the Shoot
This is so important. I remember one shoot I did where I waited to the day of, the day of y’all, to try on two of my looks, just to realize the sweater I had on was way to big that I thrifted. I ended up changing the top all together which caused me to be late : / Please don’t be me in this scenario, try on your looks a few days leading up to your photoshoot to avoid a potential mishap. I was having a true wardrobe malfunction. If you try on your looks a few days before hand you could potentially avoid wardrobe malfunctions. You want to ensure you give yourself time to make adjustments where needed.
Invest in a Portable Changing Room
You have to be prepared and ready to change on site just in case your photographer doesn’t already have this necessary piece of equipment handy. You also have to be prepared to not have the luxury of running into a local Starbucks to change into your next look. When I read some of the comments in these fashion blogger groups, it;s so shocking to see how many people still aren’t on this portable changing room wave. It’s so much more efficient and your sessions go by much quicker when you don’t have to run to find somewhere to change. Now if you have a car that you’d like to change in, thats great! But for people who don’t have cars, portable changing rooms will become your best friend! Here’s where I got mine. Putting the changing room up and taking it down is super convenient. You want this in your arsenal asap.
Be Punctual/Stay organized
Don’t be late to your photoshoots. The more late you are, the more time you are cutting into your session. Time is money. When you’re money is involved you’ll act right! The key to being punctual is to stay organized and plan accordingly.
Create a Mood Board
Creating a mood board it essential because this allows everyone involved to understand and stay on board with the theme of your shoot. A mood board helps keep your theme consistent. I love creating mood boards because it gives you direction on how you want your shoot to play out. It serves as the visual blue print for your photoshoot. Send it to everyone on your team so they all understand the vision you’re trying to implement. Mood boards can be easily created in Pinterest, through a collage on word, and even via powerpoint. Pinterest has always been my go to for creating mood boards because it offers a clean layout that’s easy to follow.
Think this is all you need to know for planning a photoshoot like a pro? This is just a taste of some of the essentials. I have an E-Book coming out that will dive into the essentials of Planning a Photoshoot like a pro! Stay tuned if you loved this information. Don’t forget to share on Pinterest if you loved this article.