Getting ready for a photoshoot can be quite hectic- especially when it is your very first shoot. The challenges that clients are faced with often include the basics which are : what to wear, what hairdo to make, how to cover facial blemishes etc. It is good to look out for these things but there are even other highly important things to consider while preparing for a shoot. This is because photographers often have certain expectations from their clients. Thus, this article will discuss tips on how to get ready for a photoshoot and minimize the problems clients often encounter during a shoot.
The first thing to consider while preparing for a photoshoot is to know why you are having the shoot. It is pertinent for clients to ask themselves this question because it gives the whole shoot a sense of direction-like which photography agency to contact and how to go about the preparation. It will be ridiculous for a client to come to the location of a photoshoot campaign against sexual abuse dressed in a bikini. This is because the selected outfit does not befit the message that the campaign is likely to represent. Also, if such an outfit will be appropriate for the shoot, he should first contact the organization spearheading the shoot or the creative director. Knowing why one as decided to have the shoot also enables you to be in the right frame of mind. You are able to prepare your mind on the task ahead. Shoots regarding sexual abuse, child molestation, domestic violence etc., often require a lot of display of emotions. So, it is advisable to read up on these things to help your mind prepare.
Furthermore, be sure to book an appointment with a photography agency to have an overview of what they do. This should include a breakdown of their services and preferred requirements from their clients. These are important because most photography agencies have different styles of working. In some photography companies, they make total provisions for you, like what to wear, make-up artist, what to eat etc. In cases where these provisions cannot be met, you should contact other agencies that handle such needs like a fashion designer or make-up artist to help with the shoot. Similarly, as regards what to wear, make sure to avoid wearing brightly coloured outfits and outfits free of logos. This is good because you want the attention to be on you for portrait pictures but for advertisement or campaigns, the logo should be relevant to the cause.
Another very essential thing to adopt is a healthy lifestyle. Living healthy should not just be for a photoshoot but an everyday habit. Clients often have the perception that being skinny is all that is needed for a shoot but that is very false. Looking super lean and having a dry skin covered with blemishes is not attractive and can be difficult to correct during editing. Rather than focus on just losing a reasonable amount of weight, try and adopt a healthy lifestyle which include: eating healthy- eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, avoid taking alcohol- especially few days before your shoot, have enough sleep and drink lots of water. All these will help you have a sound mind in a sound body which is what is needed for any shoot.
Consequently, it is good for a client to also share his ideas with the photographer as this will help foster his satisfaction. Likewise, it helps the photographer get a hint of what the clients truly wants or the message he is trying to convey with his images. It also helps prevent a waste of time during a shoot. However, it is weighty to note that such ideas should only be feasible or realistic ones. Clients should avoid intruding the creativity of the photographer while trying to convey their ideas, regardless. This is because sometimes it takes a finished job to appreciate the creativity of a photographer or see a clearer picture of his ideas.
In conclusion, clients should call back the photography agency to confirm their shoots and be certain that the date for the shoot is noted. This is important because it helps the clients make other clarifications and re-affirm their agreement with the photography agency before the shoot. Likewise, this helps clients keep in check with their budgets for a shoot.