This is the outcome of your session. This is what’s going to make everything last and be there for your future enjoyment.
We are in switching times when it comes to technology and the photography industry has been part of it full blow. It has been easier than ever to take photos—as a matter of fact, people from this decade has been the most photographed through out history. Yet we also hold the record for the most lost memories inside our precious devices and computers. We stopped printing photographs… Why?
I love going to thrift shops! It’s been almost a year since my visit to the Salvation Army and getting this dress for 3 bucks but I had not found the time to shoot it until now. I have a “je ne sais quoi” for old furniture/clothing and I have been wanting to do a vintage-looking portrait with a Victorian style meets Renaissance period, meets Edwardian… If I make any sense.
So you are planning a fantasy shoot and are looking for that perfect vintage props that will complement your model and help tell the story you are trying to capture? Or you are just someone that wants to have a photoshoot showing a particular time in history and are looking for props for visuals? Then read-on. To illustrate my points, I will use “The Red Witch’s Dead” a shoot I did a couple of years.
Planning the shoot
This seems a bit elementary but many of us forget to put together a concise plan on what the shoot is about and what elements are needed to tell that particular story.
I always start with a theme. For example, the topic of the shoot below was “Witch” but it was a witch with the quality of a vampire—you know coming out at night and being a huge enemy of the sun.
There are many questions I get asked on how to get ready for a glamour portrait session. Topics go from choice of wardrobe to what to eat the night before.
Here I cover the 4 Must DO when getting ready for a glamour Portrait Session.
- 1- Choosing Your Outfits
Have a least 5 different outfits—Ball gown, Business attire, Casual, Lingerie, Etc. This will give you a plethora of options for your money and it will increase your chances to get that perfect photo that really talks about you.
Where do I get clothes? Photography speaks the truth but it can be fooled. You can bring dresses that don’t fit anymore or pieces that have malfunctions but that you will really like to showcase. You can bring that dress you bought for that wedding which you only used one time or ask your sister, mother, friends to lend you their closet. If you would like something in particular you can rent it. Many of my clients use Renttherunway.com
- 2- A Clean Body
The camera never lies and with better lenses and camera sensors improving, nowadays you get to see the smallest details. So, do your eyebrows, Remove any unwanted facial hair. Do your nails— your hands will play a very important part on the posing and they need to look great. Refresh your hair roots if you dye your hair. Remember that you will invest a lot of time and money on your session and you absolutely need to love you in every possible way the day of the shoot.
- 3- Understanding What You Are Getting
Make sure you are well informed as to what your session includes. Ask questions about the products & the process after the session. Also talk about prices and ways of payment. There are many photographers that accept payment plans and credit cards. Just make sure you cover all there is to be known.
- 4- A Clean Resting Night
Finally, a good night sleep will improve your energy levels making you look great the next day. Remember to avoid alcohol, hydrate yourself and to have fun at your shoot!
Now I’ll like to ask you what else you would like to know about the process? You can start the conversation.