In the beginning, it’s just you and your camera. You shoot flowers, your cat, your kids. Then your friend’s kids. Then their friend’s kids. You read blogs, you update your gear, you attend a workshop or three. Over time, you find that you’re gravitating toward certain styles of photography — you like headshots, or boudoir, or glamour, or you just like the idea of offering a more high-end experience for the family sessions you’re becoming known for.
If a photographer you’ve never worked with before contacts you, how do you check them out?
What information is helpful to you before the shoot?
- length of shoot (maximum run time)
- outdoor or indoor, if outdoor – is there adequate space to set up for a makeup station, if not – will we be preparing prior to arriving to the location of shoot
- ideas (pictures) of makeup that the photographer has in mind – Pinterest boards are convenient and easy to access on the day of the shoot.
- an image of the model or client
- where will the images be used (portrait, editorial submission, model’s portfolio)
- will there be a hair stylist?
- if the shoot is TF (“trade for” images) – how & when will I receive images