Planning and Executing a Graduation Photoshoot
I had the opportunity to do a graduation photoshoot for one of my friends that is graduating at the end of this year! He is a political science major, so he wanted to have a more business-like photoshoot in a professional atmosphere. For pricing packages, he chose the Standard graduation package which includes 30 minute shooting time, 1 location, 1 outfit, 10 edited images, and a printing release for $69.00.
Here’s the plan that I came up with in organizing the details of the photoshoot:
I met with my client on Wednesday, November 15th at 11 am, 3 days before the photoshoot, to discuss exactly what kind of pictures he wanted and what props he would have. We decided on a specific time for the session itself, keeping the weather in mind. This helped to really get an idea of what poses I needed to focus on and adjust this photoshoot to my client’s needs.
Check out the top pictures from the shoot:
We decided to take pictures at 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th. The weather had just cleared up from being cloudy all week, however the wind was pretty crazy most of the day. We decided to go with my Plan B and take pictures in the Science Technology Center on campus which is one of the more prestigious, business-like buildings. The architecture is very beautiful, and the large glass windows allow a lot of light to come in for brighter pictures. We spent most of the time inside.
My client really wanted some pictures outside as well. Luckily we were able to find a courtyard between buildings which blocked the wind for the most part. The difficult part was that there wasn’t a lot of warmer light because the weather was kind of dreary. I decided to take the pictures next to a red-orange brick building so that the warm light would bounce off of the subject.
Here are the results:
In post-editing, I didn’t edit as heavily, and was able to give the pictures to my client on Monday, the 20th.
I’d say the main thing that differed from my plan was taking the weather into consideration while meeting the needs and wants of my client. I learned that although things may not be ideal, you can still come up with different ways and means of getting great pictures though it may not be the original plan you had thought of.
Overall, I’d say it was a successful graduation photoshoot, and my client was pleased with the photos and the timely manner that he received them!
I found a great resource on how to prepare for photoshoots here.