How To Ensure A Smooth Fashion Shoot

Coordinating a fashion shoot is no mean feat. On top of organizing all the key players such as photographers, models and stylists, you also have to deal with a lot of creative personalities that may be conflicting as well as tending to drama a bit. The key to a good photo shoot is strong coordination but there are other elements you need to be cognizant about as well. Here are a few: 

Lay Out the Feast

No one works well on an empty stomach, least of all models and photographers. No matter what the time is, ensure that there is a good spread that won’t bloat then but will fill some stomachs. If the shoot is starting early, go around making sure that everyone has some breakfast. Models who have come off working other jobs, or off a long- distance flight may not be coming to a shoot on a full stomach and they are at risk of fainting and dizzy spells. Photographers can get irritable without food as well, so feed everyone.

Keep Touching Up Throughout the Shoot

Have a mobile hair and makeup team ready to go whenever and wherever the photographer calls for it. If shots aren’t working, your shooting locations might change and the models’ makeup may run or need freshening up constantly; the sun is not your friend here. Check this page if you are looking for right mobile hair and makeup team.

By keeping mobile hair and makeup stylists who can follow the models and are not constrained to a fixed location like a trailer ensures a smooth photo shoot with all photos looking similarly glossy and well maintained.

Keep an Eye on the Clock

Time is money in any business. So make sure none of the separate elements of the shoot lag behind. There may be creative differences, conflicts and other mishaps on set – calculate these into your initial time estimate when you book the photographers and models. If it’s an outdoor shoot, you want to get the light right so don’t let petty concerns like catfights get in the way. Also be on the toes of makeup and hair as these take time. If the concept for the shoot calls for elaborate makeup and hair that takes time, have the models come in earlier than the photographer.

Be the Troubleshooter on Set

All of these creative personalities will interact and often clash on set. The makeup artist might not like hair stylist; the photographer could hate both of them; the model could be lack luster or tuned out. The set assistants may not take direction well. Whatever the case, everyone will have issues and everyone needs someone to vent. If you’re the organizing genius behind the photo shoot then you need to be everyone’s sympathetic ear. Sweet talk the set people; smooth some ruffled photographer feathers and inspire the model. The more you nullify the issues, the better and faster everyone will work.

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