How to get the most out of your photoshoot!

I quite often get asked by clients and other photographers the same question. How do I get the most out of my photoshoot? When clients shell out their hard earned money shouldn’t they get the best bang for their buck? Well here are some helpful hints to make your shoot worth every penny!

Research!

Before making the jump and booking a shoot do a little research. Check out photographers and look at their work to see what kind of style you are going for. Is the look you are going for classic/modern? Do you want an environmental or studio shot? Natural light or studio lighting? All these factors come into play when searching for the right person. The best way I always find is to look at someones headshot that you really like and find a photographer that specializes in that look. Nothing is worse than booking a shoot and not getting exactly what you are paying for.

Plan!

After selecting the photographer you are going to work with its time to plan. Planning should take place with both the photographer as well as the client. I usually ask a client to make me a mood board. A mood board is a series of images that portray the look the client is going for. This way you are both on the same page and not guessing what to do while the clock is ticking. This helps with determining clothing, hair, and location. Be sure to give yourself a lot of options. Something might be a theoretically good idea but not look so good once you get working on it. Maybe the shirt/dress you chose for a certain scene sounded good at the time but now its not quite working out. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. Don’t wait for an inspired ending to come to mind. Work your way to the ending and see what comes up” – Andy Weir

Hair/Makeup

So now you have picked the perfect photographer and came up with all your favorite looks. Time to find a Hair and makeup professional. Its not a must if you feel confident with your own skills. However this should be one last thing you worry about when you are actually shooting. I always advise clients to bring hair/makeup with them. Nothing is worse than coming to a shoot looking like a star then after a few outfit changes everything isn’t as polished anymore. Hair and Make-up artists can give you all the touch ups throughout the shoot so you look your best! Most photographers have someone they can refer to you so when booking just ask 🙂

The days before the shoot.

When having a photoshoot you want to look your best! Make sure to drink plenty of water and get adequate sleep. You should also avoid salty foods and heavy alcohol. This all sounds weird but when you get to your photoshoot you don’t want to look tired and bloated. I have had clients in the past who went out partying the night before and came to the shoot hungover with bags under their eyes. So make sure this doesn’t happen to you take good care of yourself the few days before. No ones wants to have to reshoot because they don’t like the way they look. This is pricy and waste of your time . I want you to look amazing!

The day of the shoot

After all the planning the day has arrived!! I always suggest that the client come a bit early to the shoot so they have some one on one time with the photographer. This is a great way to break the ice and not be so nervous when the actual process is happening. If you haven’t been on a shoot since your high school yearbook photos I suggest a play look. A play look is an outfit that you don’t really care if the photos come out looking great. It gives you time to get comfortable in front of the camera. It also gives the photographer an idea of your personality and movement making easier for them to direct you. This way you are not using good outfits for the ole deer in the headlights look. After all this sit back and enjoy the shoot! The shoot should be a fun and exciting experience not a stressful one.

After the shoot

Now that you completed your shoot its time to pick the images. For a lot of my clients this is usually the hardest part of the whole process. Finding and choosing the best ones can be a daunting thing for anyone. I suggest that you take a few days to mow it over rather than picking them as fast as you can. This way you can ask friends or family to help out so you feel confident that you made the best choices. I also highly suggest having the photographer help you with the selections. The photographer has experience finding the images that best represent you. A good way to do this is to send a few images you select to the photographer and the photographer send you back a few of their own. then you both compare and pick! I also can’t urge this enough but make sure that the photographer you selected is experienced in retouching. No one wants to pay a bunch of money and have their images over retouched.

In Closing .. Make sure you find a photographer that has the same vision as you. The photographer should make you feel comfortable and confident. Plan ahead and this will save you a ton of time which means more awesome images. Have a backup plan incase of bad weather or location issues as well as clothing malfunctions. Always have great hair and makeup so you look your best! Get plenty of sleep and drink water. Get comfortable with the photographer and yourself so when its show time you shine like a star! Then just have fun! Hope this article helped out if you have any suggestions please let me know I would love to hear feedback! You can view my work at http://www.joshuacutillo.com Enjoy the week and good luck on your shoot!chmg1

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Sisters in Skydiving Shoot!

Hello my friends!

 

I just finished and project and wanted to share it with all of you! The series was SIS (sisters  in Skydiving) Its a women group that mentors young women and helps them make better life choices they help young women over come fears and become empowered. The event that I took pictures at was to raise money for breast cancer. The whole group was amazing they came from all walks of life from state troopers to homemakers and everything in between. I showed up at about 11am and got to meet everyone it was the most exciting experience. I have never skydived or even watched it so the whole thing was new and interesting to me.

I have to say it was one of the hardest photo series I have ever shot. What made it so hard was we had no real place to set up multiple lights because the whole area was a drop zone and we had to keep it clear for the girls to land. So the way we pulled it off was to use walking light stands ( my assistant Joe carrying a light stand) I had to wait for them to land and run over and snap a few images before the next girl landed. I wanted the look of someone that just jumped with the big beautiful chutes still blowing in the wind. To get the lighting right because it was outdoors and always changing I would test fire on someone just standing around. It was hard to keep my lights over powering the sun because I was using White Lighting 1600’s and they only put out 640ws of power and they don’t have a short flash duration. So to actually catch a shot without unwanted blur was tough. I must have had at least 50 images I had to keep reshooting to get them just right. I wanted to use ProFoto but this whole series was on the fly with no budget to rent any gear. So I made due with what I had and it worked out great 🙂 I hope you guys love this series as much as I loved shooting it! If you get the chance look up  Sisters in Skydiving they really do amazing stuff for young women. To see more images please visit my site http://www.joshuacutillo.com

 

Thanks for reading!

J

 

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For all you tech geeks like me here is my set up for the shoot.

Camera: Phase One p30+ on a 645DF+

Lens: 80mm L.S

Lee Filters: .9 ND

Lights: White Lighting x1600 in a large soft box

Remote: Pocket Wizard plus II

 

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Fall is on the way!!

Hey friends!!

 

Looks like its getting close to that time a year again. I will miss summer but something about fall is just awesome. I love the colors the smells and the whole mood fall puts me in. I am going to be posting a bunch of images soon . I try to spend most of the fall shooting family portraits I find it more fun than working in a studio. I love going out and meeting different people in different places.. 🙂

 

 

So what do you guys like to do in the fall?? Its hard for me to say.. I love to camp take pictures and go to haunted houses with some hot apple cider:)Web1stspicer

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Its been a long time friends !!

Hi Everyone!!

It has been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I am back now and will be posting new work and cool content for you guys!! Since the last time I’ve been on a lot has happened. I have been signed by an agent in Europe!!!!! This has to be the coolest thing that has happened to me in a long time I must say 🙂 I have been submitting to photo agencies for around 3 years now and its a tough nut to crack! The reason why I wanted to seek representation is 3 things

  1. Better rates

As a photographer I always want to keep my rates fair. The problem is knowing what I’m worth I don’t want to give my work away for free however I don’t want to over charge and lose clients. This is where an agent is gold!!! They know exactly how to price my work and get me the clients that are willing to pay that amount.

2. More clients!

Okay in order to make it as a photographer you have to have people to take pictures of right? A photo agent is in the business of connecting the photographer with the client. Most photo agents already have a list of clients they work with on a regular basis and have a good relationship with. This is awesome it doesn’t mean I get to stop marketing it actually means I have to market more. The only difference is now I have someone on my team that knows this business better than me and will make sure I get a lot more of the clients I’m trying to work with. The best part is the agent will help me weed out the clients that would usually just consume time and not pay very much. I would be getting higher end clientele…

3. Types of client

As a small time advertising photographer I mostly work with small businesses (not that this is a bad thing) .. However I want the chance to work with larger companies and publications. The problem is I have been contacting most of these “dream clients” and since I had no rep or wasn’t a big name photographer they wouldn’t give me a chance. With an agent I get to actually work with these clients. Proposing a shoot to a large company with an agent just shows them you are more serious than the average “hobby photographer” so you are much more likely to make a connection and actually get to work with them. Im not saying its a guarantee I will walk away with all these huge clients and end of story lol.. What I’m saying is I have better odds if I come in to any large shoot when I have a rep by my side vs coming in by myself..

All in all this is exciting for me its a new chance to continue to grow. I want to keep growing and evolving as a photographer. I love everything about what I do but the key to being amazing at what I do is to never sit around never get comfortable and always make myself  better always try harder and learn from my mistakes. This is one more step in the right direction :):):)

JOceane for web

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Getting Your Work Noticed!!!

In my opinion if you make beautiful work and no one sees it then your only doing 50% of the job. Im not saying that all the hard work is for no reason. I am not a photographer because I want fame and fortune I take pictures because I love taking pictures.. Pretty simple.. What I am saying is you have to get the most out of all your blood ,sweat, and tears. so all your hard work doesnt go unnoticed. So here is a few tips to get your work the attention it deserves. First there is social media nothing like free outlets to show off some of those great pics. Sites I like using flickr/facebook/model mayhem/500pix/twitter/deviantart/dp challenge/collages these are just a few that will get you thousands of hits and cost nothing. The next is free photo contests these are the best way to meet with your viewers up close and personal. Most cities will have art shows where you can (for free) bring your prints to be viewed and judged. I have done over 200 of these already and its always good for drumming up new business and meeting the clients and breaking the ice. My last way in getting work noticed is to start a photo series and make a body of 30+ images and have a gallery show ( I know this sounds expensive ) believe it or not most galleries will sponsor your show for a percentage of the sales with no up front cost. This not only brings you into the art scene of your city but it builds your confidence and skill at the same time. so if you are having trouble finding new customers or just want the world to see your art maybe some of these suggestions will help you out.. Good luck guys and keep clicking:))Image

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New Grids:: Check it out!!

Short post this time but im excited to be working with my new set of grids>>These days I grid every single light I use because I need exact control over every light I use. I for a while only gridded my Octabanks/softboxes/stripboxes/beauty dishes. I found that I love to use smaller light sources because my editing style requires me to have carved highlights and shadows. I was originally using my PCB 7 in reflectors completely bare and flagged the heck out of them and this took a long long long time. So I finally gave in and grabbed grids for all 9 of my lights. I took a picture for who ever is reading to enjoy. I will exclaim the lighting so starting here is the picRocker April

Here are the details

Camera: Canon 5d Mark II

Lens: Canon 100mm 2.8 is

 

Lights:

1. Wl 1600 cam left in 7 in reflector gridded 20deg @f11

2. Wl 1600 cam Right in 7 in reflector gridded 30deg @f11

3. Wl 800 boomed camera center in 22in BD gridded 30 deg @f9

4. Wl 1600 into BG bare in 7 inch Cam right @f9

5.Wl 800 cam front waist level in med gridded softbox for fill @f5.6

 

 

Hope you like and feel free to comment>>

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