My First Fashion Photoshoot Experience and 8 Tips on How to Plan Your Own Photoshoot


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For those who know me i'm all about efficiency and getting the most value for my time. After getting a few quotes from industry professionals, total budgets for an ecommerce photoshoot could range from $3,000 to $30,000. (Studio rental, light and equipment rental, photographer time, models, make-up artists, hair, creative director, props...dizzy yet?)

Being a start-up brand even the low end of this was out of reach. However, I knew getting top quality photos would be key to represent my brand properly online. So to minimize costs (I kept it under $1000 total) I sought out emerging talent and served as the creative director and producer. I also made it a goal to get Product and Lifestyle shots all together.

I was fortunate enough to find talented photographers, models, and makeup artists through networking to collaborate with me along with supportive friends to help me execute day of. Hopefully, you also appreciate what a success it turned out to be!

Behind the Scenes at Photo Shoot

A Behind the Scenes Look At the Photoshoot

The day was better than I could have dreamed of and so much fun but I wanted to share a few tips I learned.

1. Having a clear vision and the ability to communicate it to everyone will help to save a lot of time. 
  • As with anything Proper Prior Planning is crucial. I suggest creating a vision or mood board on Pinterest or in my case I used Powerpoint to tell a brief story about the brand, a schedule of what was expected for the day and provided examples of shots I was hoping to get.
2. Make a list of the shots that you want. Better yet have exact pictures you want your model to model prepared.
  • The saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" comes to mind
3. Have a clear timeline. 
  • Don't forget to add prep and clean up time - You're going to want plenty of time to steam and prep your clothes
  • Each model will need 30-45 minutes for make up prep
4. Find a studio that is inclusive of equipment, props and sets
  • If there are certain things you envision in shots pack it up with you and bring it to the studio
  • I spent a lot of time struggling on if I should buy something for the shoot but let me save you the struggle. BUY IT so you are prepared, keep the tags on and return anything you don't use.
5. Play Music. Helps everyone relax.
6.Bring bottled water and snacks for everyone.
  • Don't forget to feed yourself. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement but your health is more important.
7. Don't be afraid to ask for touch-up steaming in-between shots.
8. Don't forget to provide your cell phone number in case people need to reach you day of!
    Have fun! Let me know if you think these tips are helpful in the comments below. I'd love to hear any tips you may have for us.

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