Preparing for Your Photo Shoot

Hello beautiful reader!

You are no doubt super excited about your upcoming photo shoot, and of course, want to look your best. Perhaps you’ve had a photo shoot before and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Or maybe, this is a new experience for you. Maybe you’re wondering, “What should I wear?” “Where should I have my photos taken?” “Will my photographer provide props?” “How do I pose so as to look my best?”

Well, those are excellent questions! Being well prepared for your shoot will ensure that you feel comfortable, look amazing, and capture the best possible moments. So, with this in mind, I’ve compiled a selection of images & articles on Pinterest specifically for giving you ideas, tips, and inspiration for whatever kind of shoot you have booked. Check it out here & hit follow!

For quick reference, here are my top tips & info:

Outfits:

    • When selecting what to wear, try to avoid white & other luminous colours, as they tend to become overexposed.
    • Coordinate outfits! For couple, family, or any sort of group photos, selecting a common colour scheme is very important. That does NOT mean that you all need to be matchy-matchy. Rather, just select outfits which go well together & compliment each other. For a super wide variety of examples, check here.
    • Plan your outfits well enough in advance. Thus you can avoid that last minute realisation that the dress you wanted to wear is in the laundry!

Props:

    • Props, while not necessary for the success of your shoot, are still awesome to include. Depending on the location of your shoot & how much space you have, the options are endless. A vintage chair, that quilt Ouma made, fresh flowers, matching sneakers, a picnic blanket. For babies, a mirror, finger pains, a basin full of bubble-bath, blowing bubbles, a cake, block letters to spell their name, and so many more ideas. For newborns, you can buy adorable little outfits designed specifically as newborn shoot props. Other fantastic options are scrabble letters, and baskets of all kinds.
    • At this time, it is up to each client to bring any props that you would like to use for your shoot, although as time goes on I will be acquiring a few fun pieces that can be an option to include in your shoot.

Location:

    • If you have a location in mind for your photos to be taken, please do not hesitate to suggest it.
    • Some wonderful options from which you could choose are, a quiet stretch of beach, a park, a local attraction (such as an amusement park), a wooded area, or even your own home.

Posing:

    • First off, just relax! Be natural, have fun, hug, kiss, get close, laugh.
    • Be prepared. If you have just a few ideas in mind for poses you’d like to do, you’re more likely to be at ease. For posing ideas, visit the Pinterest link above.

Extra suggestions:

    • If you are on holiday, book your shoot for early in your holiday, so that in the event of bad weather, you have time to reschedule. Also, be careful not to get sunburnt before your shoot! I wont be able to ‘photoshop’ that out! (hehe)
    • If you have little ones, bring along a few things to occupy them – favourite toys, beach ball, bikes, etc. Also it’s a great idea to bring a sweet treat or two – when it comes to posing & smiling for the camera, there’s no shame in offering a little incentive¬†to the uncooperative toddler!