In Episode 11, we are sharing our go-to fun photo shoot tips and resources!
Models: Use your own dancers, be diverse in age, ethnicity and dance strengths. Communicate clearly what to bring/wear, obtain a signed photo release. Play music, guide their poses, be patient and explain exactly what you want in the shot. Throw confetti!
Photographer: Go professional, do it with your iPhone or barter with a parent!
Backdrops: Simple clean solid color wall, brick wall, colorful seamless photo backdrop paper, cool walls or fun murals or create your own backdrop based on your theme.
Lighting: Shoot outside or near a large window with light coming in behind camera, use your own lights and/or use apps to edit your photos for brightness.
Styling: Accumulate a collection of clothes and accessories in all sizes and styles, including repurposed costumes. Ask models to bring an old costume or attire that fits theme. Use handheld props and lots of accessories!
Seamless Backdrop Photo Paper
Hang on a photo backdrop stand or use duct tape and tape to the wall.
Atlanta Area: Professional Photo Resources (PPR) - 9ft (107” x 36”). Favorite colors: Sky Blue, Apple, Aspen, Orange, Carnation Pink, Mardi Gras, Thistle, Arctic White.
Elsewhere: check with your local photo supply store for photo backdrop paper
Online supplier: we have used Backdrops Express and had a great experience
Photo Shoot Decor
Backdrop Ideas: Splatter paint, honeycombs, pinwheels, layered metallic fringe streamer curtains, balloon garlands and wrapping paper
Apps for Photo Editing: SnapSeed, ColorStory , Canva, iPhone editing/filters. Listen to Episode 7 - Making it hAPPen for more of our favorite editing apps!
General Inspo: Pinterest, Instagram; Take photos of things you love for 30 days in a row. What is a common denominator? That is your inspiration for what you are doing next! Studio DIY, Oh Joy, Sugar & Cloth - great blogs and photo shoot ideas! Make sure to find YOU in all this inspiration. Don’t just copy other accounts.
Now, go create a fun photoshoot with your dancers at your studio!
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