You’re a content creator, you have ideas and you want to make them a reality, not just some random thoughts you have at night. So where do you start? How do you take your ideas and put them in motion? You need a plan, but you don’t have any idea where to start, and that’s ok, because that’s why you’re reading this article right here. Let’s dive in and discover what are the 5 essential steps you need to make in order to make your idea become a reality.
First and the most important thing, you have to dream up a concept. This means that you must determine a concept for your shoot. What’s the story you want to tell? The sky is the limit here, and you can also get some ideas from your most loyal members in order to fulfil their fantasies and also be sure that you will sell the content as fast as possible.
If the photoshoot is something that you want to sell to everyone, you can ask yourself a couple of questions. What are some of your favorite movies, characters or concepts and can you style a photoshoot around them? Is there a story that you want to tell your members through this photoshoot? These are some basic questions that can help you define the photoshoot concept.
If the photoshoot is for a member, is very important to find out what kind of story they want to see you portray. How to find that out you may ask? Here are some pointers to help you get started. Just chat with him. Yes, this is the first and most important step. Get to know what he wants and get as many details as possible about him, what tickles his tastes and what he fantasizes about. You can also create a survey for him to complete, and this will show him how dedicated you are to create the best content that’s just for him to enjoy.
The second step to planning a photoshoot is finding a good location. Now that you’ve nailed down a concept for your shoot, you have to come up with the right location. You can either find an existing location or create your own set. Sometimes this step can be hard and time-consuming. Even if finding the perfect location seems like a needle in a haystack, try hard to strive for the best site.
You may have already spent time and money planning, so to settle for anything less than a great location would be unfortunate. Keep on the lookout for possible locations when you are out, and remember to ask for permission if you are planning to shoot on private property.
You have the concept and you have you location, now you have to take a moment to envision your scene. Take a moment, scan your location and see what you will need in order to bring your concept to life. Create a color scheme in order to have a more defined perception of what will fit and what will make the content look perfect. You did it? Good, let’s move on to the next one.
The fourth step is selecting the props that will take the concept next level. From balloons and glitter to handcuffs and whips, there are so many options when it comes to selecting props and accessories for your session. With a plentitude of unique vendors on the internet and a wealth of handcrafted items available on Etsy, there really is no shortage of great options. Try to remember that the session is not about the prop or props – it’s about you and your members. If you are planning a highly stylized session, be sure that the props you select are adding to your vision and are not simply items to make your scene look full.
Sometimes less is more. If you like simpler imagery, then maybe one or two props are all you need.
Last but not least, prepare your gear. From lights to cameras, from tripods to memory cards, everything needs to be checked and set up in order to have it working properly when you’re doing the photoshoot. This is a process that will help you get the photoshoot done without interruptions, and will make it easy for you to create that beautiful content your members are eager to see.
With a little bit of creativity and planning, anyone can successfully shoot a themed session that speaks to one’s own aesthetics and vision. No matter how elaborate the session is, it is all worthwhile as long as you and the members are happy with what you have created.