Last week I talked about the creative process behind my photo shoots. There was so much information, I decided to break it up into 2 parts. Part 1 was last Friday and dealt with conceptualizing a photo shoot, location scouting, and organizing a team. Part 2 covers what happens on shoot day and after the photo shoot. Enjoy!
Step Five: Shoot Day!
This step essentially explains itself. Most of my shoots are all day. My most recent Brigitte Bardot shoot started at 9:00 am for hair and makeup, and ended at 4:00 pm. Sometimes photographers like to break up the shoot into two half-days, but I just like to shoot all day and get it over with in one day. Hair and makeup take about 1 hour each. While hair and makeup is being done, I organize the garments with the wardrobe stylist and decide the order of the outfits. In larger scale shoots, there would have been a fitting done prior to the day of the actual photo shoot so that I wouldn’t have to do the prep work last minute. Wardrobe and hair and makeup changes take about 20 minutes, depending on how intricate the new hair/makeup/wardrobe look is. I like to keep things simple and change up the makeup and hair just a tiny bit; like changing lip color and easy tweaks like that.
Step Six: Editing and Post-Processing
A lot of people mistakenly use the terms editing and post-processing interchangeably, but they actually mean different things. Editing refers to narrowing down to a select few of the strongest shots out of the entire body of photographs taken, whereas post-processing refers to the actual retouching of the photograph (adjusting brightness, contrast, color, retouching skin, blemishes etc.). I can take anywhere from 500-1,000 photographs when working with my digital camera, or 4-6 rolls of film when working with analogue. I generally try to narrow down to my 30 best, retouch those, then narrow it down to 15 from there. In the end, about 6-10 final images get published.
Step Seven: Post your work for the world to see!
Again, pretty self-explanatory. This is when I post my work on this blog, my online portfolio, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Anything for self-promotion! Another possible step is submitting to a magazine. I do not always plan on submitting my photo shoots to magazines, although if the images come out good enough, I may pitch my shoot to a few magazines on a whim and see what they say. For larger shoots, like this past shoot I did, it was intended to be a submission to a magazine. In this case, I cannot post the final images until I hear back from the magazine on whether or not my submission made the cut, which is why you’re only seeing the behind the scenes shots right now and not the final product
Annnnd there you have it: a photo shoot, from concept to execution! There are a few small steps I’ve left out (there are many emails, phone calls, and meetings to further discuss the logistics of the shoot), but these steps give a general overview of how my photo shoots usually work. If you have any more specific questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or else drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.