Having a photoshoot can be a little intimidating if you aren’t sure where to start. So I’ve created a quick outline of the 5 factors to consider when you are preparing for your personal photoshoot.
First of all, let me reassure you that it is completely natural to feel anxious before a shoot. All the same questions run through every woman’s minds – “Will I look good? Will she capture my good side? Will my outfits look good? Will I like the pictures?!?” etc.
First things first, pick a photographer whose work you love and then trust them to deliver for you!
I adore women and I absolutely love photographing women of all shapes, shades and sizes. #womenarebeautiful
However, I find that I am most drawn to the “every day” woman. These are women, like me, who are usually mums too; who don’t get glammed up on a daily basis but when we do, we want to look and feel AMAZING!
Every day women rarely have enough time for themselves and are always putting other people first. I love that I get to help them enjoy some self care while being pampered and fussed over for a change.
I absolutely love watching my clients learn to channel their inner diva / goddess / model / whatever you want to call her. It’s just so fulfilling to see the confidence boost that comes with their experience. #blessed #livingthedream
Here’s what one of my favourite clients Ronke had to say about her 40th birthday photoshoot experience.
1) How do you want to be photographed?
2) What am I going to wear?
Coco Chanel said “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
3) What am I going to do with my hair?
Think about if you’ll be making any big hair style changes before your shoot – cutting, colouring or curls etc. If so, I recommend making any drastic changes 2-3 weeks before the shoot so you have time to adjust to your new look and decide whether you love it or hate it.
During your pre-shoot consultation, we will discuss if you will be changing your hair style between your looks e.g. loose hair styles vs. updos etc. And on the day of your photoshoot itself, our talented hair stylist will work with you to create looks you love based on what you are wearing.
4) What makeup look do I like?
My advice for preparing for your photoshoot is to always look like the best version of you. I like to think your kids / grandkids / family will one day look at these pictures and recognise a face they love dearly. However we aim for the best version of you – think The BAFTAs red carpet and no lady escapes without a pair of luscious lashes. #eyesarethewindowtoyoursoul
Again there’s a lot of versatility as eye and lip makeup can be changed to suit different looks and you can transition from a more natural face for the personal branding / casual photos to a more glamorous smokey eye for the grand finale.
5) What do I want to walk away with after the shoot?
I’m a big advocate of printed work be it prints, albums or wall art as nothing beats being able to hold your portrait in your hands. A gift you can share with family and pass down when the time comes.
I printed a couple of my portraits for the wall space by my stairway and I smile every time I walk by them because they serve as a permanent reminder that that I am beautiful even on the many days I don’t quite feel it. Scrolling through tiny images on my phone doesn’t quite give me the same joy. So I’m a big believer that every woman should have a printed portrait of herself in her home – it does wonders for the soul. 🙂
So that’s it! We’ve gone through the 5 main factors to consider when you are preparing for your photoshoot. I hope they help you as you plan your next (or first ever) shoot. I always recommend giving yourself a couple of weeks to plan everything to avoid feeling stressed. If you aren’t already, I would love for you to join me over on Instagram where I’ll be sharing more photos and tips on getting the best out of your shoot.
If you have any questions about preparing for your photoshoot or you think you may be ready for your very own shoot soon – be sure to contact me right here, I’d love to hear from you.