In this fast paced world we live in, it’s always smart to have a plan ahead of time when you’re preparing for a shoot. In part 1, I’ll talk about what I do before shooting a client’s headshots.
Typically, someone has reached out asking me to take some shots for them. Whether it’s for their acting website, model portfolio, or professional profile images online, I follow the same process.
Figuring out a date in which to actually go out and take the images may be the hardest part. With different schedules, I try and pick a day I have off and at a time later in the day (after they’re done with work or class.) I make sure to allow myself at least an hour as we may move to a couple locations during the shoot.
I pick a place we both have been to before & that is relatively close to where they’re coming from. In this case, I’d rather keep things easier for them so that they may focus on getting their headshot done.
If a client ever wonders what to wear, I suggest picking their 3 favorite tops that they feel comfortable in. I never pressure them into doing extra with makeup or hair, but recommend looking professional & put-together but also confident.
Once together, the client gives me half of the payment & I begin shooting. During this time I like to keep things casual and chat with them about their life. If you’re wondering how to help a subject feel comfortable during a shoot, read this.
Here’s where I have to dial down my particular style. Though I still prefer a cooler image overall, I know the majority of people like to look warm & inviting. I retouch away flyaways & blemishes, but leave freckles, moles, & pores intact (I still like my subjects to look human.)
At this point I ask for the other half of payment. If meeting in person isn’t viable, I use the convenience of transferring through paypal.
Depending on the amount of images they requested, I may or may not be able to send them in an email. If it is a sizable batch, I will make a zip file and share it with them on google photos so that they may easily access & download it.
Taking & editing portraits is always fun, but when the planning is enjoyable too, you know you are doing what you love. Try making an agenda ahead of time for your next session!
May the light be with you.
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