Gone are the days of boring, stiff, flat photoshoots – it’s time to get creative.
Photoshoots are meant to capture a special time in your life, your personality, your vibe – at least in my opinion. Bringing in the things that makes you, you, just makes sense. This doesn’t have to be millions of props or renting out a space, just bringing your personality and a good outfit can make a world of difference. Not to beat a dead horse but – GET CREATIVE! Time to think outside the box!
WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT CREATIVE:
Picking your Location: A location doesn’t necessarily have to be sentimental. As long as it represents the story you’re trying to tell – you’re golden. This could be an overlook on the parkway that brings in your love of nature, your hometown downtown, or just a random parking lot your vining with.
Outfits: Picking your outfit is crucial. You want your outfit to be special of course, but you also want it to be something you would actually wear. I know that sounds like a ‘duh’ moment – but don’t wear something you’re going to constantly question.. I promise, it’ll show up on camera. For example, I almost exclusively wear graphic tee’s, leggings and vans. While I may not show up to pictures with my family, that level of comfort will definitely be something I think about. Now if it’s a brand shoot, or a content session for social media – you’ll definitely catch me in a Harley tee and my fave black platform vans.
Creative Elements: This may or may not be my favorite part. I’m hesitant to use the word “props” because I don’t mean that a glass bottle of coke or a photo frame around your face is the game changer – but bringing those things into a story that’s already being told, that’s the game changer.
A couple weeks back I had the opportunity to work with Gabe to shoot his senior portraits. Now I’ll be honest – senior boys scare me lol. But Gabe completely changed my mind! This was the perfect shoot to showcase when explaining creative shoots. We shot at a storage building with a gravel lot it was the most perfect backdrop for the story we were telling. Gabe also brought creative elements like:
A classic car
His sweet pup
A bad ass rat rod that he built himself
Representation of the sports he plays And probably my favorite of them all –
His future career path + passion – Welding
This shoot was SO MUCH FUN to be a part of and I hope it inspires you to be creative in your next shoot!
Wanna talk all about creativity and how to add it creative elements into your shoots?