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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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
The Effective Image
Posts: 3,943
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  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,263
Orlando, Florida, US


Howabout anything with me  .  .  .  wink

SOS
Nov 14 12 09:48 am  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
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  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
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  Quote 
Photographer
The Effective Image
Posts: 3,943
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  Quote 
Model
Sara Snow
Posts: 22
Los Angeles, California, US


I could use an idea smile
Nov 15 12 06:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, 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  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, 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  Quote 
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