Before you show up for your photo shoot, there are a few things that you should plan out to maximize your value.
1. Prepare to primp to the max before the session. While things can be fixed in post production, it’s much better to start with everything as close to perfect as possible. This might mean you schedule a hair and/or nail appointment the day of the shoot or a day or two prior.
2. Pack easy alternate outfits and props to maximize your session. Think of pieces that can give you a couple different looks to work with later. For instance, bring multiple blazers, jewelry/accessories, shoes and if you wear glasses and contacts, be sure to bring your glasses so you can have a little of both worlds.
3. Make a list of all the shots that you would like to get. Think through all the possibilities for future photo needs. If you’re a professional getting head shots is it possible to also get a few photos with your products? Or do you have props to use to stage photos of you “working”? Do you need artistic angles of products for a new website or website redesign you’re working on? Make sure to write everything down in detail to ensure your photographer can meet all of your needs.
4. Schedule the photo shoot for a time when you won’t be stressed. It’s probably not a good idea to schedule anything right after the session because if it runs over you’ll be stressed and rushed. Just don’t do it and avoid the headache.
5. Think about how else you might be able to capitalize on the session. Can you also use family photos? If so, maybe you could work that into the studio session. Or if you have a teenager maybe it would be a good idea to have their head shots done at the same time. We don’t always think of the need for young people to have professional pictures. But with the growing popularity of social media and the need to market yourself to get the internship or job you want, it’s important to think about.
I hope these ideas help you as you plan. Please contact me if I may help you think through your particular needs for photography.