This is a brief look at what actually happens before, during and after a shoot. Since each shoot is different as the people we photograph, there are a few things to work through. A Secret Door – Boudoir session usually requires a different approach and location than a formal portrait, a more casual Semi-formal or a custom themed shoot.
We do ask a lot of questions and there is an interview process. The more we understand who you are as a person and what you expect makes for a great session. Props, sets and locations are discussed. Wardrobe selection and a make-up consultation are vital. Make-up and hair is tricky and even though Assunta uses natural products – she has a portion of the interview devoted to cosmetics. Wardrobe choices need to be flattering and clients are rarely models, we help you with your selections. We want you to look your best. What are you going to use the photos for? We present ideas that will showcase the images and how we go about the shoot. For instance, if someone wants a Little Black Book for a boudoir session we’ll work on several series of images that flow together. This is also where storytelling comes in – we’ll tell your story through images. We bring a lot of commercial and editorial photography experience to a shoot and there is an emphasis on art direction.
Day of Shoot
Nervous? Everyone is nervous being in front of the camera to certain degrees. By the end of the session, everybody comments that it was easy and fun. We even provide wine or champagne to ease the nerves. On the day of the shoot we set up early if possible. Sometimes that is not the case and we need to carpool to our shoot location. Basically, we can set-up, do make-up and wardrobe simultaneously.
Russell sets up the lighting. We shoot a combination of natural light and studio strobes. Assunta does all the make-up, wardrobe and fixes hair. During the session we pose, offer directions and have a client do non-posed actions. It’s a relaxed approach and again –we keep it entertaining and fun.
After the Shoot
Digital files are edited and processed. Film is taken in for developing at our local lab (note – 2018 we’ll be developing our own.) and after it is returned, it will be scanned and edited. Proofing galleries are set up for the final edits. We rarely proof Secret Door (boudoir )shots online. The next step is to proof the images. We do this in person. At that time the selects are chosen, prints, folios and albums are discussed. If we do this in a client’s home, we can also suggest print sizes for wall space. Once an album layout is completed, there is another consultation for the book and revisions are made as necessary. Print and albums are delivered and immortalized in your home.
Though this is a brief overview, there are tons of details that are omitted. But, you get the idea – it’s a process and the photographs are reflected by our approach. A client never gets this much attention or results from a mall studio.