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I get asked all the time how I can shoot 5 – 6 looks in one day. I’ll be the first to say that it isn’t easy and I put a lot of work into getting photo shoot ready. So to save all of you some time and save you a photo meltdown, I’m sharing how I prepare for long photo shoot days.
- Create an inspiration board – I have a private board on Pinterest where I pin angles, lighting and locations from photos I’ve seen. I’m constantly inspired by other bloggers and fellow girl bosses. Couple days before my shoot I make sure I tell my photographer (who in this case is my husband) the vibe I’m going for so they can make sure we shoot in the appropriate places. If your planning a swimsuit look and your photographer thinks you’re doing street style photographs it can ruin a shoot day!
- Scout locations – A couple of days before I shoot, I drive around and find new places to photograph. I usually try to coordinate with my looks with the location. If I have a neutral outfit, I find a colorful wall. If my outfit has a lot of color and pattern then a basic white wall works! In Sunday’s post, I was photographing a casual weekend look and found a local baseball field to shoot at.
- Try everything on the day before – Even if you think you know what you’ll be wearing in your photos, try the full outfit on. I can’t tell you how many times I get to a shoot and the outfit doesn’t look the way I thought it would and I have to save that item for another time. And when I say everything this includes accessories! Sometimes the necklace or shoes you have picked out don’t compliment the outfit.
- Assess your clothing – I always steam the wrinkles out of my hanging items before a shoot. Your look appears more put together and people aren’t staring at wrinkles or loose strings when they see your photos. A couple of weeks ago I forgot to cut some loose strings off a dress and it took forever photoshopping these stray strings off!
- Charge everything – My husband takes my photos so it’s important that I charge our camera the night before. Also have your phone charged. There have been a couple of times where the camera dies and we have to use a cell phone to get the rest of the shots!
- Pack up – If you know you’re going to be shooting multiple looks, try to be as organized as possible. Put the necklaces or hats on the hanger with your outfit and try to condense as much as possible. Wear a neutral pair of shoes with multiple outfits or the same sunglasses/jewelry. If you’re wearing different lipsticks, pack some make-up wipes or if you need to change your hair bring a brush and bobby pins.
- Plan accordingly – If I know I’m shooting for a couple of hours and changing in the car I bring a sheet to drape over my windows. Most of the time I can find a secluded spot to park the car in but you never know! Always have a sheet or a friend handy to block the windows.
- Prep the night before – Pluck your eyebrows, paint your nails, shave your legs, wash your hair, squeeze zits, whiten teeth, anything you need to do! If you do all this the day of, you’ll be busy scrambling around and forget to do something. (Like when I forget to shave my legs and am shooting all dresses and skirts — eek!)
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Drink lots of water! It’ll help your skin before and during a photo shoot. Especially during these hot days, you need to stay hydrated. I’ve been staying hydrated thanks to vitaminwater zero. I love my water with flavor and I love it even more when it’s colorful! Sometimes when I’m at Target picking up my water, I’ll pick a color that reflects my mood or even the outfit I’m shooting! If you’re in Nashville and want your own vitaminwater zero, I go to the Target on White Bridge Road. Below is where to find it in the store!
I can’t tell you how many times I go shoot and either have to stop and get something to drink or chug water as soon as I get home. In the photo below, it was such a hot day in Nashville and I thought I was going to pass out shooting this look. But luckily, I had just bought some vitaminwater zero that was still in the car and was able to take a couple of sips, take a breath and finish that particular outfit.