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Booking and preparing for your photo shoot
doesn't need to be stressful

There are some things to consider when booking your personal branding photo shoot and some tips and tricks that can ensure you have an incredible experience.  

Let the photographer you choose guide you through this experience.  Choose a photographer who will help you feel comfortable and make your photo shoot fun.  Look at the images they have created for other women in business and see if their style is on key with you and your brand. 

Choose a photographer who will gently guide you and not leave you standing there wondering what to do.  Choose a photographer who will support you through the entire process from the first point of contact, to choosing outfits and props, to the photo shoot and choosing the images you’ll need that will get you noticed. 

And unless you’re a model, choose a photographer who is going to pose you from the top of your head right down to your toes.  Ask them how much experience they have with this, and take a look at their portfolio to see how they’ve posed other women they’ve photographed.

Check out more tips below.

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Don't book a branding shoot until you've spoken to the photographer.

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This is a big one! 

Meet your photographer either on the phone, in person, or via zoom before your shoot. This gives you the opportunity to get any questions answered and it also helps to settle the nerves associated with stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing a photo shoot that’s all about you.  The worst thing you can do, is book your shoot and turn up without ever having met your photographer. 

Too often I hear from clients who had a shoot prior to coming to me, and they didn’t like it at all.  They booked their photographer online, without having met them and got no guidance on what to do before, during or after their shoot. 

This is certain to make you feel so uncomfortable and trying to look confident in that situation will be a huge task.

It also gives you a chance to ensure you’re a good fit to work together.  Your photographer should always want this as well, because let’s be honest, we aren’t always a good fit for everybody.

Don’t regret the photographer you choose!

Outfits.... this can make or break your shoot so let's make sure we get it right.

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Choose clothes that are fitted! I know some of you may be thinking, “no way, I love baggy and flowy outfits” but even though they look beautiful in person, that’s not the case so much in camera.  They tend to look like a big sack.

When you wear fitted clothing I can pose you in ways that show your curves and flatter your body, no matter your shape or size.  My clients are always pleasantly surprised by how good I am at this!  

This doesn’t mean you can’t wear a beautiful flowy dress for your photo shoot.  That kind of dress is awesome for some shots at the beach,  just ensure the style of clothing suits the location.  Also,  iron all of your outfits and hang them on hangers.  The last thing you want is for your clothing to look creased in your photos.  

I’m here if you need help or guidance when choosing outfits!

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Your beauty regime....you don't want to skip this step

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Make sure your hair and nail appointments are up to date. The last thing you want are images of you with the silver streak down your centre part, or your nails looking like they are in need of a good manicure. 

Another thing to add to your list is to exfoliate and moisturise your skin.  Don’t start doing this the day before your shoot.  If you aren’t already doing this, start a skin routine as soon as you book your branding shoot.  This is imperative as dry skin shows up in photos.

Making sure these three things are on your priority list will ensure you look and feel awesome during your photo shoot.  Confidence shines through when we know we look good.

Props.... choosing the right props will help to add more variety to your photos

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Props are a game changer for personal branding photos and sometimes you need to think outside the box.

One of the things I get my clients to do, is go through a shoot planner with lots of different possibilities for their social media posts.

Let’s say you’re in the health and wellness industry and you want to write a blog and/or social media post about journalling and getting your thoughts and feelings on paper. You sitting on the bed with your journal is an awesome photo to add to that blog or social media post. 

If you’re in the beauty industry, you may want to write about a a skin routine you do, so you could bring products you use and get shots of you applying those products to your skin.

The list is endless for what props to include.

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Accessories.... have them already chosen for each outfit

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When choosing accessories for each outfit, put these in a plastic zip lock bag and attach each bag to the hanger of the outfit you would like to wear with them.  

This ensures you aren’t wasting time wondering what earrings to wear with a certain outfit, which gives you more time for shooting which is what we want!

Sleep.... get a good nights sleep

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I can’t stress this enough.  You want bright eyes and lots of energy for your photo shoot.  

I’ve had clients who haven’t had much sleep the night before and it shows in their photos.  

I know you’re probably excited and nervous all at the same time the night before your photo shoot and it may be hard to sleep, so it might be a good idea to get a few early nights leading up to your shoot, just in case you’re like a kid on xmas eve and too excited to sleep.

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If you would like information on how a personal branding photo shoot could help you and your business take a look here.