How to prepare for a great photo shoot

The more people I photograph, the more I’ve come to realize something: a great portrait is a collaboration between photographer and subject. When both are working together the result is far more than what comes from direction alone.

Now, the tricky part is that wedding and portrait photographers are usually shooting “normal” people, rather than trained models. Our subjects often aren’t experienced in having their photo taken, and don’t know a lot about the process.

If you have done modeling before or even if this is your first time we are here to help you.

It all starts with the “WHY.”

Think it through why you are having this shoot. Not that you want a portfolio but from this shoot what you would able to deliver to to the person seeing the pictures? Is it going to glamor, is it going to be your love for nature or your personality.

Wardrobe selection

Once you  determined what you are looking to accomplish or WHY you are having this shoot. You can start picking out your wardrobe. Go back to the WHY you are doing this photo shoot and select clothing accordingly. If you are confused we will help you.

Location of the shoot.

Location of the shoot is as important as the purpose & the wardrobe. If we are selecting for a studio shoot, we want to compliment your wardrobe with the background making sure you do not blend in or have a contrasting background to your wardrobe.
If we are picking a location outdoors we would like to ensure that the temperature, & weather conditions are optimal for a shoot. If the effect is rain or snow, we might have to wait for weather or artificially create it.

If you have a place in mind, do suggest so we can scope out the best spots to capture the best of you.

Day of the shoot

The day of the shoot is sometimes nerve wrecking but be patient, don’t hurry to get to the location, and have a good nights rest before. Eat atleast an hour before the shoot so that you are not bloated or uncomfortable during the shoot.

During the Shoot

Before we actually start shooting, we will go over poses, frame shots and angles before we start shooting so we can save you from the hassle of understanding or changing a shot in the last minute. Feel free to ask for a break to relax. If something is bothering you, just let us know.

After the shoot

In the next few days we will we will meet again to recap the shoot and review the pictures taken and assist in making a selection for your portfolio. Many images might not have been edited entirely which we will finalize after the selection.

When can I expect my final copy of the pictures?

The entire process of editing and touching up the pictures can take up to 3 weeks. We want to give you a good final product so you will have to be a little patient.

We hope that this page helps you prepare for your next shoot with us. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us.

301-660-3479 or email at