Most successful photoshoots or photography session takes some time and planning before the actual day the photos are taken. Of course, sometimes it can be a hassle to make sure everything is ready and set correctly for your client and we wish it could be done at the snap of a finger. It often doesn’t matter what genre of photography you’re involved in as all of them require some form of planning unless you’re just going with the flow. In this article, we will be discussing one of the key elements to think about when planning your photography session. This element pretty is much how you style your session for it to be successful. I will be sharing just a few things to consider or think about when making an effort to style your photoshoot. Let’s begin
1. Location Location Location
One of the first things to consider when trying to successfully style a photo shoot is to think carefully about your location. The location of your session can dictate many things as it regards to the shoot itself. The first thing that is dictated by the location of your shoot is the equipment you will be needing. If you will be using a home studio or have a studio set up at another location then your choice in camera equipment might not have to be a meticulous task. However, if you will be shooting at an outdoor location then you simply won’t be able to walk around with all your lenses and the other things you’d like to use. Make a careful lens selection of about 2-3 lenses that you will more than likely need or use. Minimizing the amount of gear you drag around makes a huge difference especially if you are styling back to back photography sessions.
In addition to selecting the right gear based on your location, you also have to take into account the time of day you plan to be shooting. I’m often a fan of early morning or golden hour times because the sun is not as harsh and you can sometimes find yourself having a nice even light on your subject. Using tools such as your reflector can come in handy but only if you think you’ll absolutely need it. Based on these things you can better determine outfits and poses for your client which we will talk about in a little bit.
2. Your Background
As much as they are never the center of attention in a photo, backgrounds or backdrops are a very important thing to consider when styling your photography session. If you are doing a session in a studio then you want to think about what kind of background or backdrop you would like to have and also how it compliments not only the client but how it will compliment your overall shots as well. Take the time out to think carefully and vision the shots you’d like to capture and how each background might complement or potentially ruin it.
If you will be shooting outdoors then this might be a little tricky as you cannot always determine how your background will look at some outdoor locations. However, if you have done a visit to the location prior to the shoot then you will have a good idea what to expect and style accordingly.
3. A Backup Plan
When styling a successful photo shoot, it is sometimes important to have a backup plan just in case some of the things you planned prior to the shoot, does go as you would’ve hoped. For example, mother nature is not always on our side or working with our timing as photographers so we often have to plan around what mother nature has in store for us. Sadly sometimes she changes her mind and you might end up having some bad weather while trying to shoot outdoors.
It would be disappointing and inconvenient to postpone the shoot for another date so you go to plan b. Your plan B can be somewhere that is indoors that will yield shots that are as equally rewarding as the ones you’ll get outdoors. Having backup plans will save you a lot of time and money as a photographer but more importantly, leave a good impression on your clients in regards to your preparedness.
4. Color Scheme
It all about the details now which involve having the right color scheme for your session. These tones and colors schemes will help to evoke the theme or mood of your session as well as communicate this mood or theme to the viewer ass well. When choosing your color scheme, you want to be a little careful and pay attention to the colors you’re considering. I often recommend looking at colors that compliment each other or just go well together when styled. Not only should these colors compliment each other but they should also compliment the location you’ve already chosen as well.
When styling your photoshoot, props can be completely optional. Some prop can be very useful as they add character to your image as well and can sometimes tie perfectly with the overall vision itself. I like to recommend using simple props as anything too outrageous can be very distracting and take away from the image rather than adding to it. Choose your props carefully and think about how they will work with your client and within your overall image.
I hope this article was helpful in guiding you in the right direction as to how you can successful style your own photo shoot or photography session. I look forward to seeing you again and thank you for stopping by.