Your Vision & Goals
Great photos transform how the world sees you and what you offer.
This guide will help you create photos that honor your authentic self, and help you look and feel your best, while providing beautiful images you can enjoy for years to come. I will work closely with you on your ideas to make sure your vision becomes a reality.
Think of the photoshoot like a time to celebrate and honor you, who you are today, and your goals and dreams.
You can just show up as your beautiful self or you can plan it out. It will work out well either way!
If you’d like to plan out your shoots, below are some tips. These steps are not mandatory, but can help you create a clearer vision, intention, and actions.
Consider what photos you want
Here are some guiding questions. Feel free to explore any questions that feel constructive and nurturing. Be gentle with yourself during this process.
When you think about your dreams and goals:
- What do you want to create?
- What do you want to communicate? What messages and stories are important?
- What are the feelings and values you want to express?
- What kinds of images are meaningful to you? What kinds of images would you feel confident and proud to share?
Try to set an intention, or a mantra for your photography.
If your images are being used to market you, your work, and your business, you can also consider your audience, clients, tone, and message.
To help clarify your photography vision, consider your own unique style and what images hold the most significance for you. ⠀
You can gather inspiration images that you love, which can include your own photos, or photos from inspiring people, art, brands, advertisements.
If you want to take portraits or self portraits, please try to find inspiring photos of humans (portraits) that you love.
Often a good place to start is a Pinterest search. You can also look at some of my portrait inspiration ideas on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/melisinestudio/boards
Look for different poses, movement, body language, and facial expressions that inspire you. It is helpful if you can find examples of poses or movements that you want to use in your shoot, because then you will have a visual reference to help guide you to create what you want.
Put these in a document, presentation (like powerpoint), email, or online album (like Pinterest or Google Photos). Many of my corporate clients use powerpoint-style presentations.
Group similar photos / poses together (for example: put standing poses together, sitting poses together, etc.). You can put each group on a separate page, album, or Pinterest board.
“Shots I Want” List
To take this one step further, you can create a “shot list” which is a list of photography ideas or “shots” that you want, listed in terms of priority (most important listed first).
The shot list is our strategic plan, roadmap, and script that will ensure we clarify and meet your needs and dreams.
You might not have time for all, so it helps to be clear about which are most important. Consider what you truly need and where you will need to use them.
Please keep in mind that often the more variety (such as different locations, outfits, hairstyles, poses), the more time will be spent shooting.
Consider Where Your Photos Will Live or Be Shown
Consider where you need to use your images
What will you do with the photos? Who will see them and where?
Consider what types of photos you need for different purposes. Begin by focusing on where you most urgently need photos.
For example: your website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, blog, advertising, publications, articles, press kit, headshots for speaking and consulting, shots for conference websites, keynote slides, affiliate promotions, workshops, retreats, webinars and other promo materials, etc..
Consider photo orientation and dimensions: which images need to be horizontal (such as a “website header” / large image on top of a website) versus vertical orientation?
For example, if you want to use photos for social sharing of articles, landscape layout is usually what’s used.
Do you need shots with a blank background, and/ or in an environment?
For example, if you want to put text on your photos, you can create images with blank space to add “headers," headlines, logos, etc.
Consider how images can support your message(s) and words / copy.
Write out your key message(s).
Decide if you want photos to illustrate your message(s), and if so, what kinds of images.
If you talk about your work, you may want photos of you working.
If you talk about your lifestyle, you may want photos of you doing lifestyle activities.
Often my clients will create a media draft (such as website, presentation, or brochure) so they can plan their words and messages, including headlines, taglines. You can plug photos into the marketing materials (website, etc) as placeholders to see what kind of shots make sense with your words.
Note which messages need to be shot with a blank (seamless) background (for example, if you want the text to go over the image) and or in an environment.
If you want to take self portraits, it is easiest if you buy a tripod, phone holder, and phone bluetooth remote. Make sure the tripod is as tall as you.
You can also get a light, but you do not need a light. You can use the sun as a light or use lights that you already own.
If you would like to buy a light, you can get a tripod with light integrated, or you can get a separate light such as a lume cube that can attach to your phone or be placed in your photoshoot space (we call this "off camera" light).
Here are some recommendations, but any well-rated equipment will do.