7 Steps to Prep your Space for your Brand Photoshoot
Make sure your space is photo-ready with these 7 steps!
If we're planning a shoot together then it's likely that we've spoken about the importance of renting a dedicated space for your shoot, rather than in your home. There are loads of reasons for this but if we've agreed that your home will work, we need to make sure it comes across as professional and true to brand. We all love a dose of realism but at the same time we need to make sure your office photos look as good as they possibly can, so with that in mind here's what we need:
1. great lighting
Using natural light over artificial is ALWAYS my preferred way to shoot. It's more flattering, and it saves energy! That's why we'll chat about time of day and direction of your windows. Our goal is ambient light that fills the room with softness, rather than harsh rays of sun paired with dark shadows, so shut off those lights and throw open the curtains!
2. tidy up and hide the distractions
De-clutter the areas around your house (office, studio, garden, etc.) we will be shooting. These will be the areas we agreed have the best light. If you don't want it in the picture, stow it away. We're not looking for a sterile look so don't worry about going too crazy. Incorporating things from your house is endearing so what we're after is just a freshening up to make sure nothing is dirty or completely out of place for the photos.
3. tools of the trade
Think of props that will supplement the stories we're telling - laptop, pens, journals - anything you need to make your business run. These are great ways to bring attention to certain aspects of your business and an opportunity for you to splash your brand colors into your photos by purchasing items in your palette. Try writing some witty or relevate notes on post-its.
4. grab some greenery
Brighten up your room and add life to your images by having a fresh bouquet or houseplants throughout the space. Flowers create gorgeous accents by adding pops of color and can come in handy if we need to add textures to a flatlay. Not into flowers? Look into a bouquet of greenery such as eucalyptus and ferns. If you have allergies, there are a number of dried flower florist who do a fantastic job! Adding plants to your shots are also a great hack for hiding sockets or chipped paint!
5. pop the kettle on
We all work with drinks nearby. Throw yours in a fun or sassy mug to make a statement. Use it as a way to discuss the benefits of tea, or staying hydrating. Wrapping your hands around a mug is also a super useful tool when you feel like you don't know what to do with your hands!
6. get busy
Get to work whether it's checking emails, writing in your journal, or painting a masterpiece. Authentic working shots allow you to tell behind the scenes stories and that's what us noseys want more of!
7. personal touches
Throw in some personal touches as long as they go with your values and branding. Is there anything special in your house you'd like to incorporate? Photos? Special trinkets? These are a great way to show a little more of who you are to your ideal clients as they rise up the know like trust ladder.
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