Featured Image photography credit: Jason Deetz
Photo shoots sound glamorous and by the time we see final glossy images they are flawlessly gorgeous. However, as I learned recently capturing the latest back-to-school styles, is far from a glamorous assignment.
As an Intern I received the opportunity to assist the Creative Director in conducting a “Back to School” photo shoot for the Everett Mall. Lets just say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into and my expectations weren’t even close to reality. It was definitely a memorable experience, which indeed opened up my mind in numerous ways.
1. Preparation is Key
If there is anything I could warn someone about before having their first photo shoot is to prepare, prepare, and prepare even more! Professional photo shoots are definitely not done with just a camera and models. There are so many important little steps that need to be made before pushing that button and I think many people underestimate the hard work that goes into all the shinny and flashy photos. Things like pulling clothing, styling models, creating a shoot schedule and making sure all have water and food on hand.
Avoid preparation on the day of. You don’t want to waste your prime time on things that could have been done the day before.
2. Get to Know your Models
Getting to know the kids I was working with really helped me better engage and participate in the photo shoot. Not only because all four kids were amazingly cute and had incredible background stories, but because their distinctive personalities made it easier to find outfits and styles that best fit their nature. It was truly an unforgettable experience and I don’t think it would have been the same if I didn’t connect with the models on a personal level.
The first priority at my next photo shoot will be to look at the models on a deeper level.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Give your Opinion and Ask Questions
As an intern I was definitely a little intimidated in a room full of professionals. It’s always scary to voice your opinion around people who have done this a million and one times and you never know if what your going to say or ask might seem foolish to everyone else. This first photo shoot really helped me get rid of this fear.
It’s incredible how open people in this environment can be and how considerate everyone is of each person’s opinions, ideas and thoughts.
4. Wear Comfortable Shoes
I was well aware that I would be at this photo shoot for 9 plus hours, but it never crossed my mind that I would have to walk so much in such a limited amount of space. And of course, I was going to a photo shoot, who wouldn’t want to go dressed up in a cute outfit and some adorable shoes?! A couple hours after arriving, I had realized what a huge mistake I had made. After being sent on so many outfit searches, my feet were exhausted.
Just remember, you aren’t a model, you’re a worker, so keep it comfortable.