Disclaimer: I am in NO WAY a Professional photographer.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then I’m sure you all know by now that I LOVE TAKING PICTURES. I started out with taking photos of flowers and landscape, which evolved into taking photos of soccer matches and motocross races. It was only in late 2016 that I got into Portrait photography.Portrait photography is another ball game. You actually have to interact with your subject to take a good photo. My first photoshoot, I remember, was nerve-wracking. I was LOST.
So, if you are new to photography and are planning to do a photoshoot, here are my top 5 tips on how to plan your first photoshoot.
- Choose a theme.
My father used to tell me, Don’t go off to war without bringing your gun. Most would interpret this as to no go to a photoshoot without your camera. To me, however, it means to not go to a photoshoot if you don’t know what you’re shooting! It makes sense right? You can have all the expensive gear and beautiful model, but without a theme, you don’t get a good photo. So before you start contacting models, make sure you have a theme. May it be fairytale, gothic, street or formal, KNOW YOUR THEME.
2. Inspiration Board
Once you have a theme, you need an inspiration board. In my case, I use PINTEREST. I save the prettiest photos that I can find, or the kind of poses or styles that I want to incorporate in my shoot and save them in a folder. This helps you get the feel of the shoot and will inspire you to take exceptional photos!
3. Find your model
Now it’s time for you to search for your subject. By now you already have the kind of look in mind. There are several ways for you to find a model. You can use your friends.
Most of the funshoots that I’ve done are with my friends. I just message them on Facebook or Instagram.
If none of your friends fit your ‘LOOK’, then try searching for models around your area. Here’s where Facebook comes in handy. Try searching for photography groups in your area. When I was in Cebu, I joined a Facebook group filled with photographers and aspiring models. All I had to do was to ask if anyone wanted to do a shoot. Not only will this give you more choices, it will also allow you to meet new people!
4. Location. Location. Location.
This is very important. You have to find the perfect location to set the mood of your photoshoot. If you want to have a fairytale themed shoot, try shooting at a park. For street-style photoshoot, go to an urban setting. Finding the perfect location is CRUCIAL.
This is definitely one of my favorite photoshoots. It was Filipiniana themed and we took these photos in one of the oldest forts in the Philippines: Fort San Pedro which is in Cebu.
5. HAVE FUN
It’s called funshoot for a reason right? Encourage your models. Let them bring out the best in them. When your model is comfortable with you, it will definitely show in the photos.
Goodluck with your future photoshoots!!!