Tips to help you brief a professional photographer
It is worth considering these five things.
1. Keep it brief
You might think you know what you want from a photoshoot, but don’t make the brief so long and detailed that it stifles creativity and prevents the photographer coming up with good ideas that could complement your own vision.
2. Be flexible
Occasionally things don’t always go to plan and photos often don’t quite turn out as you expected. Particularly with events work, a photographer can only record what actually happens, so be prepared for a slightly different set of images than what you had originally envisaged.
3. Don’t brief too late
It’s not the end of the world for a photographer, but you get the best results if they have time to make plans, come up with ideas and prepare the specific equipment they need.
4. Say what the images will be used for
This will have a bearing on things such as image shapes, sizes and resolution, deadlines plus possible lighting and backdrops.
5. Check the address is correct
Always give precise details of the address and provide a contact number for the job, and check they are correct. It’s always nicer, and less stressful, to be able to warn people if you are held up.
Warren Page is Founder of Pagepix and takes the front cover and lead interview photos for Norfolk Director and Suffolk Director magazines.
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