On location shoots
We had a on-location shoot in CT recently and it was my first with Jacki. There was snow on the ground but it wasn’t too brisk out, which I think we were both thankful for. When we arrived to the client’s house, she and her dogs were very welcoming. It was a beautiful house in a really pretty area. I may be biased being an animal person, but the dogs were just adorable and so friendly. They kept bringing us toys while we were trying to work!
We set up the equipment, which was my first time with Jacki’s equipment that wasn’t practice. We were in the living room and had plenty of space, but it still felt small with everything set up and the furniture. For business head shots, we set up the black backdrop, the white back drop and used a blue one later on for family portraits. It’s amazing that such a simple back drop set up can translate so effectively on photos.
The client was such a sweet woman, who spoke with us about business and what type of organizations she was a part of. She was very confident, which translated into the photos very well. Before a shoot, Jacki talks with the client to figure out outfits/jewelry – as well as brings jewelry with her. I felt very secure and confident in helping style the client and jutting my opinion in here and there. It was a very casual but professional atmosphere. I think we went through four outfit changes total and it went very smoothly.
When Jacki is shooting, especially on location, my job is to be hyper vigilant of space and objects. I kept track of our things, as not to disturb the household and make sure we didn’t forget anything. On top of that, if Jacki needs something – a new memory card, a different lens, a back drop, the foot upper (we are both short ladies and require a step stool), etc., it is my job to know where it is. It is also a learning experience because I get to see in action the types of shoots, the professionalism for head shots/shoots, the styling process, the set up, etc. To me, that is just as important as expanding my knowledge of photography.
After the business portraits, we started the family portraits. This added fun to the shoot because the dogs got to be a part of the product! We did some inside shots and it was more difficult to get both dogs to look at the camera then I thought it would be. When one would look at you, the other would look away. It reminded me of doing school photo’s, especially with the younger kids. We moved outside and it was a little easier to keep their attention, especially since we had toys and treats now!
All in all, I learned a lot just from this one shoot and on-location are an interesting contrast to studio shoots. I enjoyed it and that’s why we do what we do, right? If you don’t love it, don’t do it. At least, that’s what they tell me!