As part of its ‘Groom Me’ grooming workshops for final year students, we were honored to partner Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Engineering in today’s exclusive photoshoot.
It did not come across as a big surprise that it was the first time for all the students. For this simple reason alone, we felt it would be good to share 4 tips to a fuss free photoshoot.
Tip #1: Iron Your Clothes
As we shoot in high resolution using a top-end DSLR, any imperfection can be zoomed in with much clarity. Therefore tip number 1 must be to iron your clothes! Creases can be easily seen under the scrutiny of the lens. It is that obvious.
Tip #2: Be Prepared
The first time is always memorable. It can also be nerve-wrecking. Remember your first date? Yes, it’s something along those lines.
Despite the photoshoot being your first time, do come prepared. Check your poses in the mirror and relax your body. Stiff, unrelaxed shoulders plus an angry face will not help matters.
Tip #3: Wear A Mask The Night Before
This may sound silly but trust us. A simple paper sheet mask (which is relatively affordable) the night before the shoot is the secret to glowing complexion in front of the camera the very next day.
If you can, sleep early too so you look fresh!
Tip #4: Enjoy The Process
This is perhaps the most important tip. One turns up at the photoshoot venue not as a hostage, but as a participant. So act like one.
Enjoy the process. How many times in life do you get to do a photoshoot? Chances are slim unless you are a model or on your wedding day.
To sum up, good memories will last forever. Add today’s photoshoot in your memory reel too =)
Taking a group shoot together with your family, friends or colleagues can be really fun. As the saying goes, the more the merrier. But photographing people in groups can also prove to be a challenge as it means having to manage more than one protagonist.
Different people come with different experiences and different expectations. Understanding the dynamics of who you are taking the group shoot with will help speed things up and make it enjoyable.
It’s really not that difficult. Let us share five tips to taking awesome group photos.
Tip #1: Colour Coordinate Your Clothes
As the saying goes, unity is strength. For more serious corporate shoots or family shoots, we would strongly advise all members of the shoot to colour coordinate your clothes. This will send a very strong signal across. Of course, you don’t all have to wear the same shade of blue or black. Different hues are definitely encouraged.
Stick to solid colours so the main focus is on your faces and not what you are wearing.
Tip #2: Get In Close
You definitely want to bunch in together with the group so that everyone can be seen in the group shot. We’re sure you don’t only want your head to be seen. The same applies to the rest of the group. The more you get in close, the more details we are able to capture.
Tip #3: Listen For Cues
The photographer may give you cues on how to stand, where to face or how to pose. This will happen especially if all of you are novices in front of the camera. Just throw your fears away and follow what we tell you. We have your best interests at heart as we want the end product to be nice.
Tip #4: Be Happy
Since you people have decided on the shoot together, then let’s make it fun and memorable. Channel positive thoughts and be happy. Laugh, smile and crack jokes so that the ambience is light-hearted. When people are less stressed, they tend to perform better and are less stiff. Happiness is a free quality we can all channel from within us. And did we mention it’s infectious?
Tip #5: Be Punctual
This may not sound like a big issue but trust us, it is in most instances. Assuming one person is late for the shoot, he or she will delay the entire shooting time. You certainly do not want others to be staring daggers at you or getting a ticking off for being the one who comes late.
Remember, everyone is unique so there will always be a challenge. What we have shared will help reduce the awkwardness and any unnecessary delays. Are you ready people for an awesome group shot?
Couple shoots are all about the chemistry between the two of you. It can be between two lovers or best friends. The fact that you are having a shoot with this other person shows the importance he or she has in your heart. Lover or BFF, it really doesn’t matter. Just remember one keyword – enjoy!
We have come up with three simple tips for great couple photography. Read on…
Tip #1: Engage In Small Talk
The only difference between your couple time and this time is the fact that we, the photographer is around. Yes, it may appear awkward having a third party around while you are acting lovey-dovey. But do not worry. Just pretend we are not around. Relax by cracking a joke, gossip or plain simple small talk.
We want to capture simple, precious moments like these. When you open up, your entire body relaxes. And it shows on the photos you take thereafter.
Tip #2: Get Close
We are not suggesting that both of you have to kiss. Rather, we are actively suggesting that both of you get close. As a couple, you need to feel comfortable and confident around each other.
If you are a guy, it makes perfect sense to put your hand on her shoulder or hold her waist. As a lady, you can choose to lean your head on his shoulder.
Remember, this is your special moment…to be captured forever.
Because there is a high level of trust and possibly intimacy, you will be standing or posing within the breaths of each other. Your personal space will be close enough to possibly hear each other’s breaths.
Tip #3: Come Prepared
Since this is a mobile shoot at your preferred location, this is a technical non-issue. Yet many have asked us how to prepare themselves for the shoot. Getting into the mood as per Tip #1 above is the perfect starter. Discuss with your BFF or lover the colour of your outfits, accessories and style. From our experience, these are the three most critical factors that determine the success of any photoshoot.
For guys, if your girl is wearing a hot pink dress, it doesn’t mean you have to wear a jacket in the same colour. But you can always opt for a pink tie. It’s such subtle details that we are talking about. Tell the whole world you are a couple.
Of all the different types of shoots, couple shoots are just an amazing and magical journey between two special individuals. So just be yourselves and enjoy the process.