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How To Prepare For Your Shoot

Preparing for your shoot can be a daunting task. These 16 tips will make the process smooth and painless.

Prepare for your shoot by doing some homework. Before meeting with the photographer for your photo shoot, it is important that you know what you want. By knowing the message and feeling that you want people to take away from the images, you will have a better understanding of what the photographer will need to shoot.

The Shot List

  1. Make a list of products or items or people that need to be photographed
  2. Bullet point the most important aspects of the subject so they can be photographed
  3. What the type of background or setting you would like to use?
  4. What is the time for each shot? Sunrise, sunset, midday, when the models are available?


  1. Are models needed?
  2. Who is supplying the models?
  3. Are the models professionals or colleagues and friends?


  1. It is also important to have an idea about the type of clothing the models will need to wear to accurately convey your message.
  2. Is there a wardrobe stylist sourcing/buying the wardrobe?
  3. Will a wardrobe stylist be on set?
  4. Are special props needed for the shoot?

The Location

  1. Do you know what location you would like to shoot at?
  2. Do you need permission to shoot at that specific locale?
  3. Will there be location rental fees
  4. Do you need a location permit from the land owner or municipality?
  5. Do you need an insurance rider for the location permit?

All of these aspects are important to figure out before you meet with your photographer. Following these tips you’ll be totally prepared for your shoot.

Gilmour Photography can help you to create the image that you are looking for by providing you with experience and expertise about what shots and environments are optimal for your project. When working with Gilmour Photography and his experienced staff you are provided with full support encompassing the planning, photography and delivery of print or electronic master images.

If you need help preparing for your shoot book a free consultation or email us.

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