5 Things You Should Know Before Your First Photoshoot

There are so many things you do not know as a new entrepreneur. If you are anything like we were, you never had a serious photoshoot before and have no idea what to expect.

This list includes what we wish we knew before our first two photoshoots. We did a IG live about our photoshoot experiences earlier this week that touches on these tips. You can watch it here.

So without further delay, let’s get into it!

  1. Have your locations solidified

Having your locations booked beforehand is very important. We don’t recommend just showing up at parks or buildings you like without explicit permission or permits. The worst feeling is showing up to a place and being asked to leave or made to feel uncomfortable because you were not really welcomed. 

If you are doing an outdoor shoot there are plenty of places that allow you to shoot with permission. Just make sure you research the requirements beforehand. 

If you are looking for an indoor look that you have full control of, we recommend you book a space on Airbnb or peerspace.com.

Key Takeaways: Do not leave your location to chance. Rent a space or get a permit. Peace of mind is everything during a photoshoot. So don’t take any unnecessary risks.

2. Know what you are wearing

Your outfits are not something you should be waiting until the last minute to prepare. You need to know what style and color scheme you are wearing and try on your clothes well before the photoshoot so you have time to make exchanges or adjustments to your wardrobe.

When it comes to photoshoots, less is not more. Bring extra outfits. You never know what will happen. A blouse may rip, you may spill something on it, you may have gained or lost weight since the last time you tried it on, etc. Bring extra outfits for each look. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If you are doing a photoshoot with another person you have to coordinate with them. One person can’t be wearing fall colors and the other wearing a sundress.

Key Takeaways: Plan out your outfits well in advance. Try on your clothes before the shoot. Bring extra outfits.

3. Create a shot list

Quick Segue: If you are new to this influencer space you may not know that there are different types of photographers. There are some that focus more on cinematography, weddings, maternity shoots, and many more.

In this influencer space, you want to make sure you have a photographer with influencer experience so they have a clear understanding of why you need an elaborate shot list before the shoot. The packages and pricing are different for an influencer/brand shoot than say a wedding shoot so make sure you look for that when picking a photographer.

Okay, back to business. You have to have a detailed shot list (or a list of all the shots you want your photographer to capture).

This includes different angles, props, lighting, and positioning.  Constantly putting out content requires a lot of pictures so the same general picture from 5 angles allows you to stretch out your pictures from your photoshoot and have plenty of pictures to draw on in case you need it. 

Some popular shots for influencers that you may not think of are: 

  • Mugs with words on it
  • Pictures of your laptop from different angles
  • Pictures of your shoes
  • Pictures of you performing an action like reading, writing or surfing the internet, walking up or down steps etc. 

Key Takeaways: Try to hire a photographer with an influencer or brand package. Write out a detailed list of every shot you want and check it off during the shoot.

4. Have a conversation with the photographer beforehand to discuss the mood and look you are going for.

Inspect what you expect. Make sure your photographer knows exactly what you want and what you are going for. If they know this in advance they may be able to make suggestions to help you better accomplish your goals.

Remember, your photographer talks to a lot of possible clients on a daily basis so talking to them once during the consultation will not be enough. 

Make sure you schedule a call for about a week out to go over everything you want for your photoshoot and again a day before to make sure everything is still on.

More than likely you have shelled out a lot of money to have this photoshoot, so do not feel bad for double-checking everything to make sure it is on point.

Key Points: Stay in constant communication with your photographer to properly convey your vision for the photo shoot. 

5. Outsource hair and makeup

We know you are a new entrepreneur and you just spent a lot of money on the shoot. But if you can stretch yourself a little bit more and pay someone to do your hair and makeup it will take so much stress off of you on the big day.

The last thing you want to worry about on the day of the photoshoot is being your own glam squad. Believe me, you will have enough to worry and stress about without having that addition.

Also, the photo shoot is not the time to try out new makeup and hairstyles. If you want something different test it out well beforehand. You do not want a bad experience with one of these things on the day of your photoshoot. We are speaking from experience. Believe us, don’t do it!

Key Takeaways: Pay the extra for your hair and makeup and do not try any new styles of makeup for the shoot.

BONUS: Have a third party or assistant on hand to make sure you aren’t looking crazy!

Look, this bonus can save you a lot of time, heartache, and irritation if you just do it!

Imagine having the perfect shot, your makeup and clothes are right, but you can’t use it because a hair curl is out of place? It happens. Photographers are busy worrying about other things like lighting and angles. They don’t always notice when your clothes are out of place or your makeup is wearing off. 

An assistant that is there for the exclusive purpose of making sure you stay on point and get all your shots will be an extreme load off your shoulders. If you cannot afford to hire someone, ask a friend or relative, but DO NOT go to the photoshoot without backup.

Key Takeaways: Have an assistant/helper with you to make sure you look good and get all your shots on your list.

That’s the list! Follow these tips on your first photoshoot and you will be eons ahead of us. Let us know how it goes. Tag us in your BTS if you use any of these tips.

For more details on what you need to know before your first photoshoot, watch this video we did on the subject.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Photoshoot

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