Preparing for your portrait shoot
Whether your shoot is taking place indoors or outdoors, I'll be working with natural light as much as possible. If we have discussed shooting outdoors then please make sure you will be warm enough and prepared for all of Scotland's weather delights! You're not going to be comfortable if you're cold.
What to wear
Portrait shoots usually work best with a couple of costume changes (jacket, no jacket, shirt or t-shirt... that kind of thing) just to get some different looks. It's amazing the difference this can make to a photo. Sometimes big prints and fussy jewellery can steal attention in a photo... but they may be perfect for your brand!
Have choices and to wear something that makes you feel great - this could be your favourite jeans or shoes (even if they're not going to be in shot). You may find you want a prop with you – when I had my headshots done, I carried my camera like a comfort blanket and it made it into the final edit. Very handy cos everyone can see immediately what I do... but I appreciate that's not always that simple.
My aim is to take natural photos that represent who you are. If you don't normally wear a lot of make-up then it'd look odd if you hired a make-up artist to prep you for the shoot. Some of my clients make sure the shoot takes place shortly after a hair appointment... but the key is to look and feel like YOU.
The most important thing is to feel comfortable so nothing feels or looks forced.
What happens at the shoot
I'll show you the photos as I go along and I'll delete the ones you don't like (I hate being on the other side of the camera so I know what it's like and I wouldn't want to use photos people aren't happy with). We'll try different angles and (if time allows) different locations to get a mixture of looks. Please note that at Mini Shoots, we're only working in one space at one location but feel free to bring a change of clothes and I can advise what will work best in photos.
Whatever kind of shoot we're doing, I quickly find out what you like and don't like, and make sure we concentrate on shooting pictures you're comfortable with.
Everyone behaves differently in front of the camera – some need gentle coaxing, some a bit of fun banter, some need directed, some are naturals. We'll work together to produce photos you're happy with. I promise to make the experience as painless as possible!
Please get in touch if you have any questions.