Hello! My name is Joseph DePinho, freelance graphic designer, web developer, and photographer. I design logos, websites, brochures, banners, book covers, take photos, and everything in between. "My Journal" is where I share ideas and showcase my work. Enjoy!
There is nothing wrong with studying great photography for creative inspiration. Spend the time thinking about what type of photo you want to create and how you can make it come to life. Then practice the shot before meeting with your client. Most of my favorite shots are the result of careful planning and practice. Be creative and make each photo your own. Below are four essential tips I follow before every photography session.
Wear an outfit that feels good and don’t over-think it. The everyday outfit works best and feel both comfortable and look natural. Avoid big logos and bulky foot wear; they are distracting and take your eye away from the people in your photos.
I mostly like to shoot in natural light, near a large window or outdoors, but I also use strobes and reflectors to help as the fill light. Remember, you can never control natural light. When deciding on a spot for your session, it helps to visit the location before your picture day. If your client loves the beach or has a special place, go to those spots!
My favorite time to shoot is an hour or so before sunset. It's called the Golden hour. If there's one thing that can make or break a photograph more than any other, it's lighting. You might have the most incredible landscape or stunning portrait model, but without the right quality of light, you can still be left with a flat, dull, and uninspiring photo.
Once you hired your favorite photographer, it is pretty likely you already love their style and work. Go into the session with a open mind and the end result will be amazing. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable your photographer will be and the better the images turn out!