How to Nail a Creative Shoot

I put out a call for a loved up couple to come to the beach with me and capture some creative shots I had stuck in my brain that I wanted to bring to life. Below you will see the results of that! 👌❤ If you are a photographer and have been contemplating doing a creative shoot but are too scared to take the leap... keep reading!

Putting a call out for a creative shoot can sometimes be a daunting thing for a photographer. You want to make it an epic shoot that isn't just beneficial for you.. but also beneficial for the amazing humans that take the time to participate in the shoot. From the models to any other businesses that potentially get involved (ie florists, stylists, makeup and hair artists etc) - you want everyone to take away something valuable from the shoot. Here's a couple of tips on how to do just that!

Firstly you need a vision. You don't have to know every little detail of the vision.. but a strong vision is needed. Whether it's a certain scene thought out in your mind like mine was or whether you see something on Pinterest or Instagram that really speaks to you and gives you lots of inspiration - you need to have a clear direction in how you want your creative shoot to turn out.

Putting a call out for models (who may not even be models - just regular people keen on being involved) can sometimes be scary and a lengthy process. As soon as you say something is for free or at a discounted rate - more often than not - you will get some people just hoping to get something for nothing from you. This is why it is super important to be very clear on your expectations and your vision. Make sure you list the things that are non-negotiable for you. For example - for this shoot I put a call out like that was similar to this:

"Looking for a loved up couple who are comfortable in front of the camera. Keen to have fun along the beach and strip down to their swimmers and get wet".

The couple you see in this session are just a regular couple, not actual models (but they totally should be right! 😍 haha). Once they got in contact with me - I made sure to double check that both of them were comfortable in front of the camera. For me - I don't want to be spending my time on a creative shoot focused on trying to ease a shy/awkward person into the session. After all - creative shoots are just that. Creative. You want someone who will be willing to try new things with you. Trust your abilities and to just let go and enjoy the shoot. If your model is particularly shy or nervous - this may show through your images and make them stiff or you might not totally hit that vision completely out of the water like you had imagined in your head.

Another super important thing I would suggest to do is charge some kind of session fee! It doesn't have to be huge. I charged this couple $50 for this session. This was for a few reasons: to cover my fuel costs as this shoot involved a bit of travel for me and also so you reduce the chances of models flaking on you. If they have invested money into the shoot - they are way less likely to bail on you at the very last minute leaving you with an entire shoot scheduled with no models.

Next would be choosing your location! Obviously this goes back to my first point of having a clear vision for your shoot. Think about the vibe you want your shoot to have. Are you going to be shooting at sunrise, sunset or during the day. Will there be a shit tonne of people at your location at the time of day you want to shoot at? (like this beach had in this session). If it's a park - do they close the gates at a certain time? If you are using a lot of props - is there good access at the location to lug everything there for the shoot? These are all things you need to figure out prior to the day.

When it comes to the shoot itself - remember to rellaaaaxxxx! Take your time. Write out notes prior to the day and take them with you so you can refer to them throughout the shoot. The last thing you want is to go home and think to yourself "shit! I completely forgot to do XYZ". Be upfront with the people you are working with. If this creative shoot is something completely different for you - explain that to them! Let them know you will be referring to notes throughout the shoot. Show them posing ideas. Get them involved!!

If you are working with other artists for your shoot - it is super important to have clear communication before the shoot as well as leading up to the shoot. Make Pinterest boards together. Sit down and have a coffee date (or several) so you can map out exactly what each other are thinking and how you are going to execute the session. Take notes. Throw ideas out there together and brainstorm off one another.

My last tip is..... GET WEIRD! Try new things! You may just surprise yourself with what comes out of it. Creative shoots are meant to be fun! They are meant to push you out of your comfort zone. After all, that's where the magic usually happens!!! 💖

I hope this blog was helpful to anyone out there just starting out in photography! If you'd like to see more of these kinds of "behind the scene" blogs... please head to my Instagram and leave me some feedback! I'd love to hear what you guys think. For anyone who is just here for the pics but is actually reading this too - golden star to you! I appreciate you! x 😂

Bianca x

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