Whether you ask your fellow friend or you force your boyfriend or you hire a professional photographer, there are some tips you need to know that will make you save a lot of time.
How to Save Time By Shooting with a Professional Mindset
Now tell me – how many times you finish a shooting by checking the pictures and not even one is like you imagined? (This works for instagram as well). Me, A LOT of times. Now I know why.
Let me tell you one thing: you need to consider there are two or more people involved. You don’t ever think exactly the same. Now bear in mind this fact and let me get straight to my point to make you save time by shooting with a professional mindset.
What is the Professional Mindset
The professional mindset is useful every single time you are doing a shoot with somebody else. I mean, if you are taking flat-lays on your bed, this won’t work. Having a professional mindset is first of all, thinking as you are making or taking a professional shoot.
On professional shoot there are minimum 3 people involved:
(meaning the one in front of the camera)
The Creative Director
Who is the Creative Director?
Now bloggers usually never really think of the creative director but that is fundamental. The creative director is the one in charge of preparing the location of the shoot, the set, the pros you need and the type of pictures needed. It is a connection between the actor and the photographer.
More photography tips: How to Pose Naturally + types of friends
To me it always happens that I am the one (as a blogger) to decide what to wear, where and what pictures I want. But in reality a lot of times the photographer doesn’t do what I ask. And this is because we didn’t specified who is doing what before the shoot.
Tips on How to Save Time by Shooting with a Professional Mindset
From my experience and from the book Instastyle confirms it, there are three possibilities:
- The photographer is 100% in charge of the creative part. He is the one to decide everything. If you know the style of the photographer and you like it then is perfect, otherwise try with the other two options
- You are in charge. You – the blogger – decide everything and the photographer has to take what you want. Just ask him first, show him/her examples of what you need and this will save so much time, I promise.
- 50-50. You are in charge and you leave some space for the photographer creativity. It may surprise you and work really well. Just not with everybody.
All my fellow friends photographers are so different. One of my closest friend let me decide everything. Another friend has a great eye and likes to have some space to experiment a bit but it listens to you and your needs. Another one doesn’t listen to a word of what you say and wants to be 100% in charge.
Now this made me some problems in the past because even thought the pictures were incredible, they weren’t what I needed. Wasting so much time when you are both working full-time, it is a major issue.
My Freebie Pre-Shoot Checklist for you
Now that I know these three categories, I will leave you with a little file, my Free Blogger-Photographer Pre-Shoot Checklist. You may want to use it just to remember the professional mindset you need to have before a shoot in order to save time.
Let me know if you ever experienced some of these problems <3