Have you ever wondered what’s behind that Instagram picture that you see posted every day? I know I did before I actually starting being one of those people who went out on their day off, just to take the picture for the Gram. I am pretty sure there is no recipe on a single way to plan, but there are a few things that you have to tick off of your check list: location, outfits, time. While the first and last are flexible, and I do enjoy our spontaneous moments – outfits are something that I simply have to plan ahead.
My favourite day of the week is Sunday. Everything is quiet until midday so then it’s exactly when I take my time to do whatever I want, like a spoilt child. Most times you will find me writing my Monday’s blog post because I like to live on the edge, but if for once I have been better organised, I brainstorm. It is mostly locations, concepts for future photoshoots, I look through magazines, I let myself go down the rabbit hole of internet and wait to get inspired. They say that the only mind that can get inspired is a calm one – so that is pretty much my goal on a Sunday morning.
When we first started doing photoshoots and London was still quite new to me, we used to dedicate an entire day to walking around London, searching for that perfect place to capture. Now we don’t do that anymore, now we decide on a location and then do micro-scouting around. As a measure of precaution, we always have a plan B. There is nothing worse than being in the mood to shoot and wasting your time on finding locations. I even have a Pinterest board that is called exactly that: places to shoot. OK, they are mostly outside of London, in places where I hope I will go one day, but that is me keeping myself inspired.
After doing this for 2 years we realised: one of the best keys to a successful photoshoot is to have our outfits well organised. And when I mean well organised, I mean a flat-lay of each outfit with jewellery and shoes of which I take a picture. If there are only 3 outfits that we are shooting that day, we don’t organise this thoroughly, but if there are more, we need to. Because most times I glamorously change in the back of the car, there is no space to get creative on the spot, so having everything already put together is what helps us.
One tip that might help you – sometimes we search for the location to fit the outfit, other times, like a picture you will soon see on Instagram (if you follow me there) is when I knew that we are going to shoot in front of a blue house, so I wanted a pastel yellow anything for my outfit. It turned out I found a pastel yellow skirt that gave me summer vibes…when it only just got spring in London.
These are the main things that we need to organise ahead when we plan for a photoshoot to happen but then there are many other small things that do matter: hair and makeup – even though these are easy to adapt, full camera batteries, having quick bites with you – nothing makes me hungrier than shooting – ok, maybe dancing and the most important of all, keep yourself in a good mood.
P.S. You can check if the weather is nice if you want…or you can make it work 😛