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The very first person that I ever photographed (outside of a few close friends) was Zaina, the Chic Chemist. Now she is a dear friend, but, at the time, she was a fashion blogger that I’d met at an event who seemed nice and was interested in a collaboration. I had never even met a fashion blogger before Z, never mind photographed one. I had no idea what to expect. So when Z showed up with two tote bags of outfits and a mental plan of the details of each one, I was overwhelmed and intimidated. How would I ever be able to shoot that much in one session when I was still getting used to using my camera?!
Shooting with Z that day was a trial by fire in the best way. We shot something like twelve outfits and, over the course of that session, she explained some of her frustrations and struggles with creating content. Photographers didn’t understand that the number of outfits was more important than having a ton of photos in one outfit. They didn’t get that the photos needed to be shot wider so that the square crop of Instagram wouldn’t cut off the photo. They didn’t realize that the photos needed to look different, so the shoot locations needed to have multiple different background options. The list could go on and on.
If you have ever worked with me, you have Z to thank for the experience. She taught me so much about the needs of content creators. That paired with my own experience as a travel blogger drove home the fact that content creators weren’t being fully served by typical photography packages. I saw how Z was able to post the photos we’d taken for months after and I knew that I had found the focus of my business. Helping creatives plan and shoot months worth of content in one session.
This is not a normal business model for photographers. I get that. Because of that, I get a lot of questions about how sessions work, working with me, etc. This post is a collection of a few of my most asked questions to help you determine if we might be a good fit. As always, if you have more specific questions, you can always feel free to reach out!
How many outfits should I bring?
My goal is get through as many outfits as possible in a session. For creatives, quantity can be as important as quality because of how much posting is required. The trick to photographing a lot of outfits is not so much about how many there are, but whether or not you have a plan. Your plan should include:
Can you help me decide on a location?
Of course! I am happy to help brainstorm and, ultimately, decide on a location. What I would need from you are ideas about the vibe, aesthetic, etc. of the shoot so we are on the same page.
What time of day should we shoot?
There are no hard and fast rules, but, outdoor light is best earlier in the day or later in the afternoon/evening. Obviously this also is seasonal as sun rise and sun set times change. I will always help advise on the best time, but, sometimes, schedules require flexibility. Regardless of when we shoot, we will make magic.
Interested in more details about outdoor light during different times of day? Check out my blog post below.
Will you tell me how to pose?
Absolutely! My clients range from folks who have never worked with professional photographer before to folks who work with professionals on a regular basis. But, I’ll let you in on this secret, even the pros need posing help. No matter how many times you’ve been photographed, you always need another set of eyes to help guide posing, catch stray hairs, and make small tweaks. Giving clear posing instructions is a huge part of my job, along with singing, telling jokes, and making sure that we have the absolute best time ever.
Is the session just your vision or a collaboration?
Sessions are always a collaboration, although some are more hands on than others. Some creators have a very clear vision of what they want in terms of location, aesthetic, and outfits. Others have a rough idea and want more input. Wherever you fall in that range, I am always happy to offer suggestions and another perspective to help create the absolute best product we can.
How are the photos delivered?
My photos are delivered in a digital gallery that allows you to share and download high-res copies of the files. In order to conserve space, the gallery will be removed after a year, so I recommend downloading all of the files upon receipt. Back-ups of galleries are also kept for an additional year.
Do the photos come edited?
Yes! All of my photos are delivered edited and ready to post! I do not give out RAW or unedited files.
Can I tell you how to edit the photos?
Editing is both a labor of love and a skill that takes time to cultivate. Having to adjust to a different editing style for every session would be challenging and deliver sub-par results for everyone involved. My editing style is bright, colorful, and there are plenty of examples all of my website! If you have a concern about editing style and aesthetics, please reach out before booking so we can decide if we are a good match.
How many photos will you deliver?
The amount of photos delivered depends on a few factors. One is how long your session is. A longer session obviously means more photos. Also, the more outfits or campaigns you bring to shoot, the more photos delivered. My goal is to provide you with the variety you need to create interesting content, but also get through as many outfits and campaigns as possible.
Can I post the photos?
Of course! I would love for you post the photos. I would also for you to somehow note me as the photographer. I have gotten SO many new clients because previous clients have posted photos and tagged me. My clients truly have the best friends, networks, and relationships and posting helps me get to work with even more amazing people!
If you have any concerns about posting, whether it be for you or a brand you work with, please reach out!
While those are some of the most common questions that I get, the list isn’t exhaustive. I am always happy to answer more questions and discuss if we are a good fit for your goals. I’d much rather have an honest conversation now than get to our session and realize we are on two different pages.
If you’ve read this and are jumping at the chance to work together, I’d also love to hear from you! Feel free to fill out the form on my Contact Me page and let’s get something scheduled!
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Hi, I'm Dylan, a photographer in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I love iced coffee, red wine, and am always up for binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec..