Immortalize Your Love – A Professional Photo Shoot

Have you been thinking about taking your relationship to the next level? Pondering on how you can immortalize your love for each other and make it last for ever? Have you been thinking about giving one another a gift to fully express the feelings you have and your desire for one another and your commitment to make it endure. Have you considered the possibility of planning a professional photo shoot? Have you thought about how great it would be to have professionally done photographs of you and your partner in love?

It’s an excellent way to physically capture your love on film and have it forever to look at and enjoy whenever you want. Not only that, but photos are a great way to decorate your home or display your affection for one another, and in addition, they make great gifts for your family. With beautifully done photos you will not only immortalize your love but have the capacity to share it with others in your life.

Think about how much family and friends would appreciate having some really well done photos of the ones they love to hang in their home. In this article, I am going to lay out, step by step, the way to plan and execute your own professional photo shoot for you and your lover. In addition, I will give some thoughts and ideas for you to consider to make it memorable and successful. Ideas and thoughts you need to consider before embarking on this journey for your own safety and a rewarding experience.

Rule number one with professional photo shoots is to do your homework and ask a lot of questions. Leave no stone unturned and leave nothing to chance. Believe me when I say this, your time and energy will not go unrewarded and similarly, if you neglect researching who you are hiring you may be in for disappointment. At the end of it all you will have the most amazing memories captured on film. You and your lover will look amazing and have images to be proud of. So were do you want to begin? How do you get the ball rolling on this great idea?

Research starts with the photographer. Ask everyone you know; family, friends, and friends of friends for suggestions and referrals. Once you have a list of names take a look at their portfolios to see if their style is what you are after and in sync with your overall creative concept. Most professional photographers now days will have websites on which they post their portfolios so to see if their style fits you could not be easier or more convenient.

Once you have found a photographer whose style is in sync with you and your partner’s vision, the next step is to get in contact with them and discuss rates. Depending on the photographer’s experience and ability, rates will vary. If the photographer you choose was referred to you by a friend or family member make sure to ask what they where charged so that you can compare that with what the photographer quotes you. Not to say that photographers are dishonest but they are in business to make money so keep this in mind!

After you have hired your photographer, another aspect of the photo shoot that you may want to consider is finding a hair and make-up artist. If you really want to go all out and get the best it is going to cost you a pretty penny. You will definitely benefit from the extra cost but it will be expensive. A great make-up artist will turn good pictures into great ones and well worth the investment. If money is a concern, you may want to ask your photographer if he or she can do it.

Many photographers now days will, and are very capable, of doing make-up. It is something that they have taught themselves how to do or their profession before they took up photography. This is not an option all the time so do find these things out before hand. Having the photographer do the make-up will also help in making the entire concept more cohesive and complete.

If you are looking for a great idea to truly express your love, try a professional photo shoot. Give each other something special and intimate to celebrate your love, and capture the feeling and emotions you share in images that you can share forever with each other or your family and friends. Immortalize your love and do something that will bring you closer together and strengthen your relationship. Have fun with it and enjoy each other to the fullest.

Adding Character to Your Photo Shoots With Water Themes

You might have mastered light, composition and a handsome amount of photo techniques, yet, when you look at your final product you feel that there is still something missing. As if something is not right. This tends to happen when we tend to overlook the very basic elements that give character to a photograph.

What are these basics that give a photograph these characteristics? They can be summed up in words like: movement, joy, spirit and soul. These simple rudiments produce dynamics, energy and vibrancy. They give an identity together with depth; they simply put the whole choreographed set piece on fire.

In managing to transmit these feelings one has to find the proper medium. One particular versatile medium that I have successfully worked with is water. It has a character of itself interchanging in an array of dimensions, styles and shapes. But, how do we incorporate these properties in our photo shoots? Hereunder I would like to share with you some set ups that I am sure would jumpstart your locomotive brain in motion.

Fountains

Do you remember the classical film shoot in La Dolce Vita where model and singer Christa Paffgen strides in knee high water in the Trevi Fountain in Rome? If you have not seen it, I suggest you do. It is inspiring as it manages to capture all the above mentioned fundamentals in one single shoot.

Start by trying to mimic this master set piece and along the way be creative and create your own style. A word of caution, always get the necessary permits if you intend to use public fountains. It is always wise to have in place these legal aspects issues so that your photo shoot runs smoothly.

You can always avoid these hassles if a family member or a friend has a garden with a big fountain and is willing to cooperate. A couple of prints would be much appreciated by the fountain owner as a way to show your gratitude.

Water Games

Again, this might be easier for you if you have access to a private pool. This can be rented from a private owner or as mentioned before from someone that is eager to share his pool for your photo shoot.

In such a photo shoot you can revel in works related to movement. This can be from simple swimming styles such as butterfly style, back and forward strokes to more challenging actions such as diving and board jumping.

If you are working with more that one model than one can indulge in sports games such as tag-of-war, wrestling, water pistol shooting or aerobic workouts with noodles. It is guaranteed that laughter, amusement and hilarious moments would electrify you photo shoot with liveliness and power.

Water Parks

These kinds of amusement places offer a multitude of different levels from which a photographer can shoot his model. One moment you can be shooting from the top of a high water slide and next you will be shooting from an underwater tunnel. Working with the right models, with the right attitude one can produce awesome photo shoots in these kind of set ups.

Moreover, restrooms, changing rooms and many more facilities are easily available in these kinds of parks. One can talk to the management and set up a menu for lunch specifically for your models. In so doing, plans for the rest of the day can be discussed while everyone is being refreshed.

In order to make sure that such photo shoots run smoothly it is vital to plan ahead. These kinds of events require careful planning where each and every detail is meticulously taken care of.

Last but not least, it is important to note that working in these kind of set ups one needs the proper equipment. Needless to say, water, especially sea water is no friend to photographic equipment. It is imperative that you make sure that your gear is protected and taken care of during and after the photo shoot.

5 Essential Items a Photographer Should Carry Around When Doing an Outdoor Photo Shoot

Some of you might have already started guessing what these items might be. A few might say a light weight mid-range zoom lens; others might say a tripod or even extra batteries. These are definitely justifiable accessories, but today I would like to write about small items that most of the time we tend to overlook or never even bother to consider.

Have you ever been in a situation in which the slightest things have jeopardized the whole photo shoot? I bet you have had such an experience.

So let us see together the five essential items you should have with you when shooting an outdoor photo shoot.

Pencil and Paper

When words are not enough you resort to diagrams and sketches. There will be instances, where no matter how hard you try to get a message through it turns to be an impossible task. During these moments a pencil or pen and a piece of paper can do miracles.

You do not have to be a fully fleshed artist, though I am sure most of you are very capable, to draw diagrams and shapes. The best way to explain poses is by drawing stick figures. They are easy to draw and effective.

First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit should do the job. If you include plasters, bandages, scissors, and disposable gloves it should be good as a starting point. You might want to throw in some painkillers and an insect repellent spray or lotion.

Sewing Kit

Though this should be part of the model’s accessory list, I suggest you take care of it in case your model oversees this important item. You do not want to ruin a photo shoot simply for a loose button or a torn strap.

Together with this I suggest you include some pins and paper clips. They come in very handy when you are in a hurry and pressed for time.

Adhesive Tape & Rubber bands

I have an arsenal of these types of mini items. On more than one occasion such items have turned out to be invaluable articles.

Anything that can be used to fix, mend or tie is a good candidate. Items such as adhesive tape, rubber bands, sticky gum, a small stapler and string are all valuable things that can save your day. Uses can vary from fixing temporary a tripod to attaching a reflector to a branch or pole.

Chocolate Bars

Last but not least, you should have a snack high in sugar content, such as a couple of chocolate bars. These are small and easy to carry around. Though one usually plans the duration of a photo shoot, at times due to factors beyond your control, the set time is exceeded.

During these extra hours, both you and your model would appreciate a snack high in sugar content. This should supplement your bodies with the needed energy, as it would help you get along with a couple of more working hours.

Taking on board the above mentioned items, will guarantee that the chances of a photo shoot going wrong are kept to a minimum. To your advantage, it can be an opportunity to show that you are a professional person to work with, as you have always a contingency plan in case things do not go as planned.

Tips For Setting Up A Photo Shoot.

This is aimed mostly at the newbie and those who want to branch into fashion/people photography but need to get a portfolio of work together so potential clients can see what you have to offer.

We are going to presume that you’ve done the basics of deciding what it is you’re going to be photographing along with your idea and theme. I’m going to talk you through an idea for a photo shoot I did when at college so I can tell you about how I planned it. (I chose a 1940’s style pin-up)

So we’ve chosen our theme 1940’s pin-up, now we need to think about these things:

1. How many models do we want to use
2. Who will do the hair and make up
3. Who will do the wardrobe styling
4. Where are we going to do the photo shoot
5. What equipment will we need

Say we’ve decided we want to use 2 models that’s great but where are we going to find 2 models and how much will they cost? When I was at college I didn’t have a lot of money so paying for models wasn’t really an option for me. A lot of people when making a portfolio will use their friends or family which isn’t always the best idea. If they are genuinely suitable for your photo shoot though, great use a friend or family member. Otherwise you need to find a way to advertise for a model, I used a few internet advert sites, just putting up a casting call stating I needed a model and what for. There are also websites where photographers/models/stylists etc can upload their portfolios for everyone to view and are willing to work on a TFP basis (time for print/digital images instead of money). Working with someone a TFP basis is great if you’re both updating or starting a portfolio as you don’t pay with cash just your time and photos, so it’s a win, win situation for everyone.

So we’ve got our 2 models who are willing to work on a TFP basis, we now need to find someone who can do their hair and makeup. We can find a hair and makeup artist exactly the same way we found our models, advertise with a casting call or browse the online portfolio sites and ask if they’d be willing to work on a TFP basis. Once you’ve found a hair and makeup artist, send them links to images of the models they’ll be working with and images of ideas you have for makeup. So in this case we would send the makeup artist images of 1940’s pin-up girls suggesting we need make up done in a similar way to this. It’s important to communicate with your team so everybody knows what their role is before the day of the photo shoot.

Again when finding a wardrobe stylist you would do the same thing you did when finding a model and makeup artist, advertise and ask. When working with a stylist however you may need to spend some money on hiring clothing depending on where it’s coming from. As the 1940’s theme is a dated and period look, I had a stylist who rented some clothing from a period costume store. Also when working with a stylist it’s import to show them images of ideas and who they’ll be working with, including height, clothing size etc you can’t afford to have your stylist show up with clothing that doesn’t fit your models.

So we’ve got our team together, it’s now time to decide where we’ll be doing the photo shoot, this is where you may have to start paying for things. If you’re still at college you should be able to use your college photography studio for a photo shoot. If not there are places that are willing to rent out their studios when not in use at roughly £50 for half a day. There’s also the option of shooting on location, in my case this is what I did. I found an aircraft museum that had plenty of period aeroplanes and military planes, I then got in touch with them explaining that I would like to do a photo shoot and how many people would be in the team. This museum was kind enough to let me use their premises for free on the basis that I wouldn’t be making any profit from the images, once I had edited the images I sent them a few via email as a thank you. I also did this at a period train station, again I explained what I wanted to do, how the images wouldn’t be used for profit and again they kindly agreed. Sometimes it’s simply a case of asking, not everybody will say yes, but it’s worth putting yourself out there because in some cases they do.

Now you’ve got your team, you’ve got your locations; you now need to think about equipment. I was shooting both outdoors and indoors so I decided to take flashes/strobes with me. They weren’t anything fancy just a couple of speed lights on light stands with shoot through umbrellas to soften the light. Equipment is very important, if you are going to be using something like flashes don’t forget spare batteries, if you’re going to be taking wide shots and close up shots make sure you take both lenses. If you’re unsure whether or not to take something, then take it just in case, if you decide you don’t need it, no problem. However if you decide you do and have left it at home then you do have a problem.

Let’s do a quick overview:

1. Advertise for a model, browse portfolio sites, ask if they’d be willing to work a TFP basis.
2. Do the same for makeup artists and stylist, advertise and ask!
3. Make sure you communicate with your team even before the day of the photo shoot, everybody needs to know what their roles is and what they’ll be doing so there isn’t any problems on the day.
4. Scout for locations, do some looking to find the right place and don’t be afraid to ask owners of premises if you can do a photo shoot, some love the idea especially when they get images afterwards.
5. Be prepared, make sure you pack your equipment the night before,check it and then check it again, don’t leave behind anything you might need just in case.

And that’s it really, it can be hard work setting up a photo shoot but it doesn’t have to be expensive, you’ll find models and stylists in the same position as you looking to build a portfolio on a budget, just don’t be afraid to ask.