Commercial Photoshoots | Dave May Photography
Things to make your commercial photoshoots go more smoothly and more productive. All documents that need to be signed by either party (client / photographer) should be taken care of well in advance. This should ensure that the intended use of the photos is well defined so that the photographer can have a better idea of what needs to be done for print or web output among other things. It’s also helpful to have some sort of outline or sketch of any specific imagery that may be needed. Things that can be effected include the location of the shoot, composition of the images and negative space around the main subject, as well as what tools may be required. For example: you need a picture of an orange and you really want it cut a certain way and on a specific color for branding purposes then the photographer needs to know these things ahead of time. Communication is effectively the single most important thing before, during, and after a shoot in order to keep everyone happy. Style expectations can also be applicable to specific editorial shoots.
Try to avoid sending any unnecessary people to the shoot to complicate or confuse things, and make sure everyone is on time. Nothing irritates a photographer more than people showing up late and without communication. This applies to all people involved in a given shoot. If for some reason someone is confused or unhappy during a shoot then they should ask questions and explain the issue as it is applicable to both the photographer and also the client (could be a producer). Doing so should help move things along more smoothly.
As you can see below different arrangements fit for different clients. Depending client use, more or less empty space may be needed for type setting within the image.