How to prepare for a photoshoot

Good preparation can make or break your photography project. I would say at least half of the work should be completed before you head to the location armed with your camera.

Clients expect the best from us, so here is a checklist to guide you through all of the most important steps of the process.

Make sure you’re on the same page with your client. Create a shared mood board on Pinterest to convey your ideas visually and ask for approval.

Check your gear and rent if necessary. You might need a wider lens for a macro product shot or a second tripod and extra camera to shoot behind the scenes. Come prepared!

Visit unknown locations beforehand. For example, if you come to the venue before the wedding at the same time of the day, you can find locations with the best light. Shooting live events is usually busy and stressful, so spend that time on assembling the guests and getting amazing group shots and not on looking for places without harsh shadows.

Catch the golden hour. Make sure you time the photoshoot to get the best light possible. You can use apps like SunSeeker to determine where the sun will be during the shoot.

Things to do the day before a photoshoot:

  • Prepare a checklist for all the equipment;
  • Charge the batteries;
  • Check your camera settings;
  • Look up directions to the place of the shoot and allot enough time to get there;
  • Print model releases and/or sign online beforehand;
  • Go through your mood board or inspiration shots you want to recreate to prep yourself for work.

But most importantly don’t forget your creativity and arrive on time!