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MAKE YOUR NEXT PHOTOSHOOT A SUCCESS

with these 10 Tips that will help you kick ass!

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As a photographer, I'm constantly reminded that things that seem common sense to me may not be to those who aren't photographers. Many people that I photograph aren't models so they don't know what to expect or how to prepare for their shoot. These 10 points are part of how I guide my clients and I'm happy to share them all with you! Most people don't get professional photographs of themselves very often and so, when you do, let's make sure that it's as fabulous, easy and scary-free as possible!

Here are my top 10 tips for you to consider:

  1. SIGN A CONTRACT
    Clarify if there is a contract that you need to sign and take the time to read it over. Contracts are great for all parties involved as it ensures that you're all on the same page. It's proof of your expectations of your photographer and their expectations of you.
     
  2. CONFIRM PAYMENT DETAILS IN ADVANCE:
    Confirm payment & delivery details BEFORE your shoot. Make sure you've discussed with your photographer payment details (+taxes) as well as payment timeline. Get a confirmation of when you should expect to receive your final photos. Don't leave any of this up in the air and make sure there is a "paper" trail - in your contract, emails - whatever is necessary for proof.
     
  3. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PAYING FOR:  
    Make sure you know in advance what you will be receiving as the final product. You might be expecting to receive every single photo that your photographer takes, but many photographers have packages include a specific number of images that they give, all of which are retouched. I should stress that not receiving all images from a photographer does not automatically reflect on their skill level. A photographer will want to remove some images - they won't want to give you any blurry images, duplicates, etc. It's simply part of providing a high quality service. Make sure you know:
    - The final number of photos you will approximately receive.
    - Will all images received be retouched?
     
  4. COMMUNICATE YOUR OBJECTIVE:
    What will you be using these images for? Communicate your objective clearly with your photographer. It's not enough to just say "I need headshots." Understand your needs and what you want your images to look like and say about you. Communicate that effectively, so that the final product will serve you as much as possible. You might want pretty pictures in nature but then the final product might not shout "smart confident accountant" if that's what you need your pictures to say.
     
  5. BRING THE RIGHT TYPE OF CLOTHING:
    Ask your photographer what kind of clothing is suitable for your session – not everything that looks good on you in person might be suitable for a photoshoot. And for the love of god – ladies I’m looking at you on this one – be sure to bring appropriate undergarments that match. If you’re wearing a sheer chiffon skirt that means that your hot pink zebra patterned thong can stay at home. Whether you're bringing one outfit or a variety of clothing be sure to iron all of the clothes that you will be bringing with you!!
     
  6. HIRE A MAKEUP ARTIST:
    Unless you legitimately can do your own makeup (no orange face), I recommend finding someone to do your makeup. Bring a clean face and no chipped nails.
     
  7. STAY HYDRATED PRIOR TO YOUR SHOOT:
    Drink a lot of water the day before and during. Make sure you stay hydrated - your skin will thank you and I swear it makes a difference.
     
  8. AVOID GETTING HANGRY (hungry + angry):
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    ring snacks with you to avoid getting hangry. I suffer from it personally so I can guarantee how real it is!
     
  9. PERMITS:
    Is your shoot outdoors in a public space? Chances are that you might need to pay for a permit. It’s possible to shoot without a permit but make sure that you understand the risks involved.
     
  10. KNOW WHO TO CREDIT:
    Planning on posting the images online? Make sure you know exactly who you're supposed to be crediting and how. Some photographers will prefer you credit them to their website, or social media, or personal account. It's a small gesture that will make all photographers SO immensely grateful.
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I shot these images of my dear friends Dan & Maytal yesterday. It was-11 Celsius but worth it for that gorgeous golden light!!