I Take Photos

an amateur photographer who takes pictures of people, objects and nature

My first time working with an independent model for a studio portrait session

Friday, May 17, 2024

I recently had the great opportunity to shoot @alice_shoot33 as part of my very first collaboration in my amateur photography career. Here’s what I learned before, during, and after this session.

1. Chat Before You Shoot

It’s super important to talk things through with your model before you start snapping pictures. Getting to know what they like and sharing your ideas helps everything go smoothly and builds trust. Plus, a little chit-chat can make the whole atmosphere more relaxed.

2. Be Ready to Switch Things Up

Not everything goes as planned. You might have some ideas that just don’t work out when you’re in the moment. Be flexible and ready to tweak your plans or try something totally new if needed.

3. Keep Lighting Simple

Lighting can make or break your photos. I learned to keep it simple and not overdo it. Taking the time to adjust your lights so they flatter your model’s features without casting weird shadows is key.

4. Set Up Your Space Efficiently

Get your shooting area ready before the model steps in. Place your equipment like diffusers and mark spots on the floor where you want your model to stand. This prep work saves you time and keeps things running smoothly.

5. Try Tethered Shooting

Shooting tethered is a game-changer because you can see your shots on a bigger screen right away. It’s great for making quick adjustments and really nailing the shot. Just watch out for the cables—you don’t want anyone tripping over them!

6. Make Sure Your Model is Comfortable

A comfortable model is key to getting good shots. Set up a nice area for them to touch up makeup and change outfits. Making them feel at ease can really show in the photos.

7. Pay Attention to the Small Stuff

Keep an eye on the little things like hair, makeup, and outfit adjustments. Fixing these details on the spot can save you a lot of editing time later. Also, be sure to regularly check for unwanted shine on the model’s face. Studio lights can make even a slight sheen quite noticeable and distracting. Have mattifying products ready and perform touch-ups as needed to maintain a polished look throughout the shoot.

8. Have Backup Gear Handy

Stuff happens—batteries die, lights fail. Having backup gear like extra batteries and flashes means you won’t have to stop shooting when something goes wrong.

9. Stay Chill

Keep cool and collected throughout the shoot. Staying calm helps your model relax too, and that makes for better photos.

These tips are just from my own experience as an amateur photographer. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me. Remember, every shoot is a learning opportunity, so take these tips and make the most of your next session!