• Jim Roberts

A Newbie's Guide to Planning a Photoshoot - Part 1

So here I am, not yet a full time professional, but an enthusiastic, passionate photographer aspiring to grow in his craft - a newbie. I have done numerous photoshoots before, but mostly to practice the techniques I had learned through my reading and YouTube watching, and hopefully improve. And I think I'm getting pretty OK, if I do say so myself.

The next big step I need to take is to do a real shoot - concept, studio, model, props, proper lighting - the works. This series of blog posts will be a chronicle of the steps I take to plan and execute my first "big time" photoshoot. If you're a newbie like me, read along and let's learn together.

The Beginning

When I first started out, all I had was a camera and a model to shoot. Jessica is my son's girlfriend. She is not a professional model, but she enjoys posing and seems to have a natural flare and talent, for the art.

Jessica has been instrumental in my growth as a portrait photographer. We have done 4 or 5 shoots together and the images are turning out better and better each time. It's now time to stretch the boundaries and get out of our comfort level a bit.

So what do we need to get to the next level and do a full big time shoot? Well let me think about this we are gonna need :

- a model

- a venue (or studio)

- a concept

- props

- lighting

Wait a minute! What about TWO models? This wasn’t the original plan but through a lucky happenstance I connected with Cassidy McInerney via a brief dialogue on Instagram.

Cassidy graciously agreed to join our shoot as a model and also offer some tips and advice for Jessica. Awesome!

Cool, so we have our models. So now we need a place to shoot. since I wanted to take my time with the lighting and make a real professional look I needed to find a studio. Reading up in the local Facebook photography groups I heard good things about Hamilton Studio. (hamiltonstudio.ca) It seemed to have everything I needed and the price was reasonable. I took the leap and booked a 4-hour slot in May.

Uh oh. Now I’m committed. The problem? I don’t have a concept yet. I have two months and the clock is ticking. Stay tuned for part 2 - “The Quest for a Concept“.


see more photos of Jessica at http://www.instagram.com/jbr_photo

follow Cassidy at http://www.instagram.com/Cassidy.mcinerney

follow Photographer Michael Greggain

  1. http://www.instagram.com/framethisscene

  2. studio: http://www.instagram.com/studioatelierhamilton