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Model

Rachel Hayslette

Posts: 205

Weaver, Alabama, US

I'm having a hard time coming up with themes for my photoshoots. Help?

Nov 13 12 05:46 pm Link

Photographer

Ted Sandilands

Posts: 137

Lewiston, New York, US

An idea I use often. Pick a song or music video that has plenty of visual language in the lyrics and build a shoot around it.

For example "Hurt"
- The needle tears a hole
- My empire of dirt
- I wear this crown of thorns (Cash version)
- Beneath the stains of time
- Upon my liars chair

These shoots are lots of fun. You can do a series, or just use something as a kick-off idea for your own creative energy.

Nov 13 12 07:36 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3960

Lansing, Michigan, US

Rachel Hayslette wrote:
I'm having a hard time coming up with themes for my photoshoots. Help?

Interesting... I thought the photographer was supposed to come up with a theme.

I must be doing it wrong...

Nov 14 12 04:45 am Link

Photographer

sospix

Posts: 21714

Orlando, Florida, US

Howabout anything with me  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Nov 14 12 09:48 am Link

Model

Brightonn

Posts: 234

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

The Effective Image wrote:

Interesting... I thought the photographer was supposed to come up with a theme.

I must be doing it wrong...

I think that all depends on who is paying. . .I usually assist with a lot of the planning, or at least wardrobe as I'm also a stylist

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I like the song idea, or flipping through a non-american fashion magazine and then meditating for a bit and then coming up with an influenced but fresh idea.

Nov 14 12 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Photo shoots don't require a theme. Maybe it's just semantics but that word seems so gimmicky to me.

I will say that any shoot you do should benefit your portfolio to some end. What is yours? Agency representation? Artistic images, great FB stuff...? All those require different approaches.

If the work is for your portfolio to promote you and obtain work, it doesn't need a theme. They just need to be quality images that best represent you as a model. It's not terribly creative or exciting but it's effective.

If it's just for fun work then I would think the photographer contacting you would have some concepts in mind. I've never worked with a model I've contacted and expected her to come up with some fantastical theme for the shoot.

Nov 14 12 03:58 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Here's my theme. We're going to take some usable images for your portfolio. It will take no more than 2 hours, shot on location. Don't wear stripes and leave the boyfriend at home lol.

Nov 14 12 04:02 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3960

Lansing, Michigan, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Here's my theme. We're going to take some usable images for your portfolio. It will take no more than 2 hours, shot on location. Don't wear stripes and leave the boyfriend at home lol.

So the model shows up in her prom dress... and the location is the beach...

Nov 14 12 06:51 pm Link

Model

Sara Snow

Posts: 22

Los Angeles, California, US

I could use an idea smile

Nov 15 12 06:01 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32488

Poulsbo, Washington, US

Sara Schneider LA wrote:
I could use an idea smile

This is Rachel's thread, not yours.

Nov 15 12 06:49 pm Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32488

Poulsbo, Washington, US

I agree with Michael. You don't need themes. Just do some new looks.

You've got a very wholesome look. I'd suggest adding some formalwear -- bridal and prom -- to your port.

Nov 15 12 06:57 pm Link