Good morning everyone!
I am waking up and sipping on my first cup of coffee in my new home in Seattle, WA. Loving the view and even the rain, but then I look around and see all my boxes and the mess that I haven’t yet unpacked and…can someone please get me a stronger cup of coffee.
As many of you know I am starting off a new adventure in a new city, excited for the change and with tons of great projects and opportunities ahead so stay tuned! And if you are a reading this and live in Seattle and would love to create magic together please feel free to DM me, I would love to meet you!
As you know, I’ve been blogging for a while now on how to style for your next photo-shoot. There is so much we need to worry about and we don’t even know so I am here to ease the process for you. If you follow me on instagram (@photoyounique) you’ve probably seen in my insta stories a poll I did asking what you wanted me to talk about next and most of you voted on “How To Prep your Styles for your next photoshoot”. First of, know that every shoot is different, every model is different, every photographer, location, concept and idea will be different so it all depends on who you are working with and what you are aiming. Yet, there are general steps you can take into account and I am here to reveal them for you. Let’s start with 5 simple steps.
1.- Learn more about the location, photographer & concept you will be working with.
Seems simple but trust me this is key to know what style you should be aiming for. After booking a shoot, give yourself time to learn more about the location where you will be shooting. If it is close to where you live, or on your way to work give yourself 5-10 minutes to head over and see it. This is key as it will define the style of your whole outfit, you will know that if you see a wall filled with graffiti in it you know you should go for monochromatic and no pattern simple outfits. Secondly, do go over the photographer’s portfolio study the style he/she has and the style he puts into his work. This will define what they might be looking for in your wardrobe. This is important because you might notice this doesn’t match who you are as a model or what you are aiming so it gives you a chance to talk over what you are also looking and what style you want to bring out in the shoot. Learning a bit more about the photographer and talking over the style you will be working with will help you both decide the concept you want to aim for. I always recommend meeting up with the photographer before, having a coffee or two or three and plan, break the ice, have a laugh and meet! I have always done it with my models and it truly helps for planning, figuring out the style but most of all it makes the day of the shoot not a job but rather two friends getting together and having fun.
2.- Prep your bag with key and essential fashion items
If you’ve taken the time to do #1 you will know exactly what you and your creative team are aiming for so you won’t need to take your whole closet with you.
a) If you are shooting casual always take a pair of jeans, they will always match everything else you might have with you and they will never be out of style. Also the photos you take with them will be photos you can keep in your portfolio forever, I mean come on fashion changes every season but jeans? They are always in! So make sure to pack them!
b) Always carry a pair of heels, doesn’t matter what you are shooting heels will never fail and will make your posing and posture on point.
c) Accessories, unless you agreed differently with your photog or agency always take accessories with you they are the perfect touch for a great outfit. Specially if you don’t know what to take and are aiming for simple accessories will give adorn your style.
3.- Know what you are taking with you
This is really important, specially if you will be on a big set or in an outside location and changing fast for different looks, know exactly how many things you have with you. It happens that so many things are going on at once it can make you loose track of your stuff. So make sure that if you are taking more than one jean and t-shirt you have a small list with you with your belongings so you can check off your list once you are done and ready to head home.
4.- Make sure everything that is in your bag defines YOU!
I think I mentioned this on a prior blog but here it goes again, photography is beautiful when you capture the real and genuine side of people. Make sure that whatever you pick and wear doesn’t interfere with who you are. Don’t wear something you feel uncomfortable with even if it is trending, this isn’t about changing your style and persona.
5.- Learn from every shoot
Once you are done shooting go over your experience and learn from them. If you took 10 different outfits cause you weren’t sure and ended up only using 2 and the most simple outfits you took then you know next time what style and how many outfits you should be approx. aiming for. Although every shoot is different, you will see there will be a similar pattern in at least how many outfits you will need unless it’s a commercial shoot where they will provide the outfits and it’s a 5 lookbook. Every shoot is an experience so take the best things from it and guide your work through each one so the next one will be much easier.
Ok guys, although I am here writing and having my third cup of coffee but actually craving a glass of wine (is it too early to say that?) it’s time for me to go unpack! I really hope all this helps you when you prep for your next shoot. I would love to know how your next shoot goes, so please share your experiences on the comments below and also let me know what other things you would be interested in knowing when it comes to styling.
Stay tuned for more & happy styling my friends!