December 2020 // The How-to Edition


I can’t do anything without making a list. Making lists will help you stay organized and on top of your shoot. A lot of times, there are so many pieces of the puzzle. To pull it all together, it would be quite the feat to keep it all straight without some kind of “day sheet.” Make a list of every item you need and want for the shoot. I like to start wide and narrow it down into its prospective units by vendor. The venue, the setting, the location. Is it a particular venue you want to work with because you can’t envision your shoot anywhere else? Or is it simply “in a field” or “downtown”? Make a list of these locations. Your first choice might not pan out and you will need a Plan B or C. Keep in mind, you might have to be flexible and compromise to make it work. If your first choice doesn’t work out, it’s okay! You’ll most likely find something better. Think about what your setup looks like—do you have a tablescape? Lounge setup? Ceremony site? Food, bar, desserts? What about flowers?

Start working your way down to the tiniest of details. From the model’s shoes to details on the invitations, signage, and favors. What else can you do that will “make” the shoot? What is that piece that you can incorporate that will put it over the top—something that no one else will think about? Maybe it’s an old car or an animal such as a horse or llama to use as a prop?!

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