First Portrait Photoshoot – Holly









Photos shot with: Sony Alpha A6000 & Canon 50mm f1.8 lens (lens adapter)

Focusing on photography more means it’s time for me to do some photoshoots of people. I’ve never done a photoshoot before of anyone other then myself so I was pretty excited to give it a shot. We went up to golden gate park in San Francisco and found a secluded little area to take photos. I definitely got lucky with my Model Holly Deirling cause not only is she beautiful, but she truly worked the camera.

Chatting with your model is horribly useful during a photoshoot and having a model who is also a close friend of yours helps even more. We chatted, we joked, we giggled and had fun. Overall the shoot was a huge learning experience for me. Holly was awesome enough to take a few photos of me towards the end so I got to experience being on the other side of the camera for a bit.


Things I learned from the shoot:

  1. Talk with your model. Chatting with your model not only makes both you and your model more comfortable, but it makes the shoot more enjoyable. You also might get some pretty cool ideas from your model. You learn what your model strong points are and can focus on those in your photos.
  2. Give your Model direction. Especially if they aren’t a professional. It’s awkward standing in front of a camera lens, you feel silly and don’t know what the photographer is seeing. Basically the model doesn’t know what is working and what isn’t so let them know when they are doing something right. When something isn’t working direct them to something that does. Stay positive in your language.
  3. Be prepared. Our photoshoot got a little messy in the dirt and I realized I would have benefited from having some wet naps on hand. Try and put together a photoshoot kit filled with things that would be useful for that shoot. Bobby pins, safety pins, towels, wet naps, hair brushes, etc.
  4. Don’t rush it. Focus on improving a shot instead of trying to get as many shots as possible. When looking over the photos from the shoot I saw SO many that were right at the edge of being awesome. If I would have slowed down and focused on the details more, the shoot would have been more successful.

Most importantly:

Be open to improvement. Going over what did and didn’t work in a photoshoot is one of the best ways to improve in the end, aside from practice. The more you get out there and pay attention to what works the faster you will learn. I’m so glad that I was able to do this photoshoot and I really look forward to doing more in the future. Do you have any portrait photoshoot tips? Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time,

xoxo, Tatyana

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