Click, click, change!
If you’re a fashion blogger or influencer, you’re probably used to these sounds. Although this is a dramatization (of course you get more than two photos!), it’s not far from what happens at blogger photoshoots. As an influencer photographer, I’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of how to best prepare for your own photoshoot.
1. Pack outfits separately
This is for your own sanity! Sonia always packs her outfits in separate bags, making it super easy for her to change into the next outfit. No more digging around for that belt and those earrings you were supposed to wear with this top! By separating everything out in advance, you’ll be able to maximize shooting time with your photographer.
2. Let your photographer know what you plan on wearing in advance
This isn’t a necessity, but it always helps out the photographer. When I know what my client is wearing in advance, I can brainstorm backdrops and settings that will look best. I don’t necessarily need a photo of every outfit beforehand, but knowing colors and the overall vibe always helps.
3. Be prepared to change in the car
How does your favorite Instagrammer post new photos with new outfits every day in new places?! They shoot them all at once! The blogger’s job is to put the outfits together, and the photographer’s job is to make a 0.5-mile radius look like completely different places. And sometimes, that 0.5-mile radius doesn’t have a public restroom.
That means bloggers change in their car. It’s super weird at first, I know. Especially when it’s raining and your photographer is sitting in the passenger seat next to you (@Sonia). But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do for the gram. I promise, it gets easier with time!
If your car doesn’t lend well towards changing in the back seat, you can also think about investing in a portable changing tent. These cost usually $20 to $50.
4. Bring walking shoes
Going back to #3. Sometimes, it’s actually a 1-mile radius, which means you’re gonna do a little bit of walking. Flip-flops or slide-on shoes are a must, especially for longer shoots. (I’ll keep the secret – I know you can’t walk comfortably in those heels that are all over your feed.)
5. Know the shots you need
Jewelry details? Full-body? Shoes? Makeup? If you have any must-have shots, be sure to tell your photographer. Whether you’re planning out your feed in advance, or you’re working with a brand that requires certain shots, I don’t know what you need unless you tell me! Your photographer should always ask you if you need anything specific, but in the event they don’t ask, it’s important to have your shot list.
Have any tips of your own to add?
Leave them in the comments! I’m always interested to hear how others plan their blogger shoots not everything works for everyone.