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“Flashing Lights!”: 6 Golden Rules To A Successful PhotoShoot

“Flashing Lights!”: 6 Golden Rules To A Successful PhotoShoot

It’s about that time for photoshoot season and we’re super excited about it. Family photos, branding photos, company photos — we love them all. We have a few tips for the newbies and the vets who want to make sure you have the best possible photoshoot session. 

1. Be Creative

A photoshoot is your opportunity to showcase who you are. It’s a great opportunity to express your creativity by using different props or choosing a location that truly fits your personality. There really is no box when it comes to what you can and cannot do in your photoshoot (well, maybe there are a few impossible things), but the key is to solidify the vision, prepare for the magic, and let yourself be free in front of the camera. 

2. Choose a Look 

If you’ve ever had an issue figuring out what look to go with, sites like Pinterest are great places to find some inspiration. For some, starting with preferred colors may help. You can also look through your closet and consider your favorite outfits; see if there is a recurring color palette or theme and go with that. Others may choose their look based on the season and location. Whatever and however you choose, make sure that your look reflects YOU and your shoot mates. 

3. Imagine The Shots 

This can be a hard one. Usually, as photographers, it’s our job to find the poses and shots for you but it’s helpful to imagine some of the shots you absolutely need to get. For example, if you’d like a group shot of your family and then a few of just the kids, that’s something to note. If you’d like a shot of you typing on your laptop as well as a headshot, make sure you communicate that to your photographer. Try making a list of your desired shots a few days before your photoshoot so that you can your photographer waste no time getting exactly what you want. 

4. Research locations 

Location, location, location! Your location is part of your photoshoot the same way your outfit is. It helps create the overall look for your portraits and can really give you the extra umph you need. Location is another thing you can research but you must keep various things in mind when you choose one over the other. If you’re outside, you have to consider the weather. If you’re in a studio or another inside location you may have a time limit or the threat of foot traffic. Either way, choose a location that compliments the outfit and theme of your shoot or somewhere that has meaning.

Here are a few of our preferred places to shoot: Atlanta Locations

5. Schedule Ahead of Time 

Time management is crucial in photoshoots. It’s important to plan ahead to make sure you have everything you need. Begin gathering the things for your photoshoot about 2 weeks ahead of your photoshoot day; giving yourself enough time to grab any outfit pieces or accessories. Getting your hair done and booking a makeup artist can make a huge difference in your photoshoot experience. Having everything you need when you need it can help ease any nerves that come along with your shoot day. 

6. Hire The Right Photographer

This is a big one! Finding the right photographer is the final step in your process! Finding someone who understands your vision, has a pleasant demeanor, and can help you feel comfortable in front of the camera will help your experience feel smooth and satisfying. Be sure to research photographers and their style, confirm the quality of their photos, and evaluate their customer service to make sure you like the vibe. 

And of course, if you’re ready to jump in front of the camera, you can schedule your Fall Minis until October. Fall minis are 30 min sessions that are great for families, headshots/branding, and BIG announcements. Click here to book now until October 31st!

*Sessions are only available while slots last.

Ifie Natasha Brandon is an Atlanta native writer, author, and content strategist who believes in the power of authenticity and creative storytelling. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelors in Human Services and received her Masters in Creative Business Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design.

With ten years of experience as a multi medium storyteller, she helps entrepreneurs and organizations tell stories that build and impact their community through her company, The Write Pieces. She is a newly certified yoga instructor with a passion for connecting with creative women and when she isn't working, she's watching shows, taking long walks in nature or hanging with her husband and two kids.

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