So here’s the actual shots that I did on Karla’s shoot. We met at 10am and thank goodness, because the weather was unseasonably warm that day. I don’t think Karla could have lasted in jeans and a sweater for much longer!
Below I’ve included the original “scouting” shot for each location as well as some of my favorites from the actual shoot. I’ve added a few tips about how I did each shot to help you the next time you have a special person or occassion to photograph.
Tip #1 SHADE! By making the session time early in the day, the harsh shadows were eliminated. I also moved Karla into the shady spot in front of the wall.
Tip #2 Remember to change your angles. You can be next to the wall or railing, rather just shooting your subject straight on.
Tip #3 DISTANCE! Change the distance you are away from your subject. Do some full length, 3/4 length ( like this one), and close ups to give your subject options.
Tip #4 CHANGE your subject! Change up the way your subject is standing, sitting, holding their arms. Change it up with every shot! I hate to say the word “POSE” since I didn’t actually tell Karla to put her arms this way….I just told her to do something different.
Tip #5 Sometimes it doesn’t always work out as you plan. You may have chose a particular spot and then find out during the shoot that it’s just not perfect. Be flexible. If it’s not working, move somewhere else. I had to discard a lot of the shots I took in this location because the lighting was just too extreme. If the problem was just a color issue, for example, if you were in a very yellow room which turned everything in your photo yellow, you could always just make it a black and white shot!
Tip #6 Vary expressions. Every photo does not need to have the person smiling and looking at the camera.
Tip #7 Do the unexpected. Thought I was going to sit Karla on the steps did ya?
Tip #8 Keep your eyes open. You may walk around the corner of the building a find a cool wall that you didn’t see on your first trip. This turned out to be one of my favorites of the day and we just happened upon it!
Tip #9 Keep your EARS open too! Sometimes the best ideas come from the person you are photographing. While they may not always know why a location does or doesn’t work…..they may just find that spot that you didn’t see…..so be sure to at least listen!