Planning your photoshoot

HOW TO PREPARE

So, you’ve booked your shoot, but have no idea what to wear. Does this sound familiar? One of the questions I get asked the most (apart from ‘you want us to meet what time?!’) is ‘what on earth should we wear?’

I know how daunting it can be – I have taken thousands of photos but even I still get panicked when I’m going to be in front of the camera. So, I’ve done a bit of legwork and homework and put together some simple pointers to make prepping for your big fun shoot, a little easier:

Try co-ordinate colours, but don’t be too ‘matchy-matchy’. Long gone are the days of blue jeans and white shirts for everyone. Rather, try to pick a few colours and mix and match clothes to fit the theme. When in doubt, browse websites and Pinterest boards for inspiration.

Look at your home décor – if you are planning on printing and hanging the photos then try to keep in line with the mood and style of your home.

Dress for the shoot location. If we are shooting at an outdoor location such as a garden or forest, then keep it casual and relaxed with jeans, shorts or dresses. Similarly, if we are shooting inside a formal location then jazz it up a notch – you don’t want to look out of place in your surroundings – so try pick outfits that work with where we are doing the shoot.

Try to keep a theme going. It’s quite off-putting when one person is wearing blue stripes and the other is wearing a floral print. Keep colours in the same theme and add pops of colour here and there with accessories such as hats or scarves.

Please avoid slogans, character clothes and brand names. These can all be pretty distracting and most photographers will end up editing out logos and brand names anyway!

Try and avoid all white, all black and overly neon/bright colours such as the red of fuschia. Especially if you’re shooting in a garden environment – these bright colours can make you look as if you are floating and can appear quite aggressive in the images.

Be practical – we will be trying all sorts of poses on the day and you want the outfit you’re wearing to be relaxed and comfortable. If there are kids involved then avoid wearing short skirts as you will be on the floor and running around with them which means the chances of an accidental ‘undie slip’ will be very high!

Lastly – keep in mind the season. I love shooting in the Cosmos over Easter time, which means the theme would be pinks, creams and blush tones. In Winter, navy blues and greys look lovely.

Other Tips and Tricks:

 

The best time to shoot an outdoor lifestyle session is 1-2 hours before sunset and after sunrise. This is when the lighting is perfectly soft and has that lovely golden glow.

Photo shoots can be tiring work, so make sure everyone is fed beforehand, babies are well rested and make sure to bring snacks and water to the location – especially for the littlies! (I am totally for a little bit of bribery on the day, as well!)

Bring along some toys or favourite games for the kids. They will get bored and antsy, and often the loveliest photos are taken when they are distracted doing something they enjoy, or playing.

Not all photos will be posed. For larger groups it is important to get the group and planned photos out the way, but most of the time I simply enjoy watching everyone interact in a relaxed and fun environment. It’s not all about looking at the camera and saying cheese.

The more you relax and have fun, the better the outcome of the images. Most of all, relax and have fun! Nothing ever goes perfectly and all rules are made to be broken! See below for a few examples of some really great colour combinations and setups that have worked well for me in the past