I organised the shoot with a fairly local professional model; there were no hard and fast plans, we simply headed for the Alps with the intention of getting some mountain lifestyle shots.
Although there were no specific requirements I never undertake a shoot without having quite a few planned shots, so I’d spent the previous week sketching image ideas as they came to me. For an easy-going shoot like this I’m not obsessional about actually getting all the shots that I’ve noted, but they do give me a starting point once on location, and from there I allow the shoot to evolve.
I worked with a great model. Since she wanted to use the images for her portfolio she’d also taken the time to think of some ideas before hand, and this allowed us to brainstorm various possibilities and do some scouting to find interesting locations based on our plans. The best images always come from a collaborative exchange of creative ideas such as this so I’m always thrilled to find myself working with like-minded people.
Organising a shoot like this is fun and rewarding. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Have some clear ideas of your objectives before you go. Even if you don’t follow your original plans they’ll give you a good starting point from which to get your creative juices flowing.
- Allow yourself to deviate. If your models have ideas then don’t brush them off – collaborate. You’ll get more from them if you encourage their participatation.
- Think about your models’ comfort. In this case I bought along some extra snacks and fruit to keep us both going.
- For lifestyle images create a “story” around each picture so that the model can more easily imagine the appropriate poses.
- Think hard about the gear you need to bring with you – both photographic or otherwise.
- Have fun.