Being a freelancer is great. What’s even better than being a freelancer though, is running a magazine photoshoot. I’m working on a Christmas bookazine at the moment and just wrapped the second photoshoot. That’s 36 projects shot with three models at two different locations and one fantastic photographer.
A photo shoot isn’t something that is done at the end of the production cycle. In fact, it begins way back when thinking about ideas for the magazine. You need to establish a distinctive look and feel, think about the style of the projects or what you’re shooting as well as how you’ll shoot them, where the shoot will take place, who will be models and what props you might need.
On this bookazine I have been lucky enough to work with my very talented friend Tom who also happens to be an amazing photographer. You can check out some of Tom’s photos here: https://www.flickr.com/people/mrjaba. I’ve worked with Tom before – he has shot a few bits and pieces for me for different magazines but this was Tom’s first full magazine shoot and we both had fun setting up shots, tinkering with lights and positioning. I’m so happy with how the photos turned out and can’t wait to show you!
Whilst a photo shoot sounds glamorous, it’s pretty hectic trying to manage so many people in a small space with bright hot lights on full all day, and so many different shots to get. It didn’t help that the weather was awful, raining one minute, bringing hot sunshine the next! There are some really great tips that I learnt on this shoot.
1. When shooting models get them to hold their arm slightly away from their body to give the illusion of a more slender arm. Although it looks odd at the time in the photo it looks great!
2. If you don’t have a second reflector to hand and need one to banish those shadows, a piece of card wrapped in tin foil does the job nicely and is great for getting rid of shadows under chins and against backgrounds.
3. Always get plenty of shots from different angles and with the model(s) in different positions – better to get lots of images to choose from the first time around rather than having to come back and set everything up again.
Like I say, photo shoots are anything but glamorous and involve lots of hard work but are without a doubt a fun. On our first shoot we shot the still items and I found myself painting the Christmas pudding with a water and marmalade mixture to give it a nice gloss in the light. We did have the awesome job of polishing off the fudge and cheese after shooting it, after all, can’t let it go to waste! On our second shoot we had models and as well as feeding ideas and directing the shoot, much of my job involved making coffee and holding the backgrounds in place!
More info to come about the Christmas bookazine soon!