Fashion shoot Part 1 (The preparation)

Hello world it’s been a minute,

Being busy and trying to organize my chaos kept me away from this place of peace and balance…sigh…i had missed thou. Anyway i’m back, and this is what happened since last time. (dyslexic with short attention span, bare with me)

I finally decided to step behind the camera. Both as a director and a photographer. After months of studying the different styles that i liked, i took and a leap of faith and threw myself out there thinking that the best way to learn is to get out there and just shoot. Which i did, and it was a terrible mistake. At least the first couple of shoots i did. The setting, the story, the scenes and even the pictures were awful. So i shamefully erased them an went back to the drawing board. Studied more, read more, and most of all observed better. That’s when i realized that for a good shoot (because there’s no such things as a perfect shoot) you need chemistry (between all the parties involved ie: models) and you need a good composition. A good composition is in my opinion the key to good storytelling, therefore good pictures or good movies. So, with those two elements in mind, I went back out there. And boy let me tell you, IT WAS A BLAST!

I tackled pictures first, because I’m still adjusting my first major video treatment. The last shoot i did was an explosion of energy, guilty smiles, sweat and beauty. I know that it just sounded like a hot sex scene, but I feel like fashion photography, as model or as photographer should make you feel like…you know…hot sex. (keep that i mind when you’re shooting)

/*Before i continue, remember to work on your vocabulary and language skills i will explain why later*/

The other thing i learned from the last shoot was that lighting, either natural or artificial, needs to be carefully studied before the show. You need to be able to assess if your reflectors, flash, soft box, and any light source you imagined fits the location or the composition of your story. The third most important thing is location scouting. Be very careful and pay close attention to details. Your location can break or enhance your shots.

Another very, very, very important thing is communication and courtesy. Speaking at least one common language help. If your model is japanese and you’re a native swedish speaker, make sure that you both speak another language in common (i think body language counts, lol). Courtesy is a must. Always ask permission before you touch anything, and politely direct the model in the adequate pose or facial expression (thus the vocabulary). If you don’t…Primadonna alert!

That’s it for part 1, the second part will deal with setting up, and the last part will deal with post production and color grading.

/* I’m currently stuck, i can’t make up my mind between two looks */


Before color grading Boots.

After Grading Look 1

After Grading Look 2

I promised the models i wouldn’t show the finish pictures to the rest of the world before reviewing with them. (which explains this shot of the boots)

So what do you think? which look should i go for? let me know in the comments.

Also i’m a total newbie at this, for all the pros out there i want to hear from you. Advices, rants, encouragements(maybe) i want it all. (i’m guessing i will be easier with actual pictures from the session.)



3 responses to “Fashion shoot Part 1 (The preparation)

  1. Pingback: Fashion Photography Part 2 (selection + grading) « Diary of Traveling souls·

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