How do I get the most of my bachelorette photoshoot? Use these posing tips!

Amsterdam is a great location to plan your bachelor or bachelorette party, with plenty of great spots to have fun!

One of the many fun activities you have to make sure you plan during your bachelorette weekend in Amsterdam is a photo session.

A great way to spend quality time with your friends, have fun in a beautiful city and bring priceless memories back home

But what does a photo session look like and above all, what pose to take?

 

Here are 15 posing ideas for a successful and fun bachelorette photoshoot in Amsterdam!

1. Point at the camera

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2. Everybody jump!

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3. Everyone in one line with legs crossed

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4. Throw the bouquet

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5. Inline, back to the camera, except the bride who turns around

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6. Grab some balloons

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7. Lift the bride-to-be

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8. Bride-to-be in front

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9. From above

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10. Dance!

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11. Hug

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12. Throw confetti’s or leaves

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13. On a bridge

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14. Grab a bike

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15. Feet only

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3 useful tips for a successful onsite food & lifestyle restaurant photoshoot

The demand for quality food photography has exploded in recent years. Restaurant culture is booming and visual platforms like Instagram are an essential part of the dining experience.

Commercial food photoshoots were traditionally performed in a studio using high-tech facilities, food stylists, high-end product pack shots. This is moving to a more spontaneous and genuine trend and, with the rise of social media platforms, on-location food shooting became much more common.

Here are a few tips for a successful on-location shooting.

 

 

1.       Preparation Food shots

 

Think of the look and render you would like to give to your photos and what message you would like to convey, natural, sustainable, healthy, graphical, trendy, comforting, with colors matching your branding (colored background, decoration elements, crockery…), etc.

Make a mood board: gather images that correspond to the content or style you are looking to create.

You can find inspiration on the internet, for example on GooglePinterest or stock photos webpages as Shutterstock.

Also think about the tones and color palette that can be associated to your brand and that together with the composition and style of the images, will convey the right feeling and mood. For example a calm feeling with soft and pastel tones or a playful dynamic look with bright and sharp images etc.

It is always a good idea to play and match color tones, here is a great tool to explore trendy color scheme and play with complementary tones.

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on location food photography with vegan sweet cake and desserts on pink and green background, Vegan Sushi Bar Amsterdam

Think of future social media communication, for example, add a Christmas touch even if the shooting is taking place in the summer so you have available material when you need it.

Make a list of the dishes you wish to showcase and prepare the day of the shoot.

That way you will be able to plan the logistics, brief your staff and have all the necessary ingredients and props ready.

For food shots, it is highly recommended to plan the session when your restaurant is quiet but the staff required to prepare the dishes is available.

 

Make sure that:

-A table can be set by the window and that there is enough space to spread out and play around as much as needed.

-The chef can focus on making lovely and appetizing dishes while the restaurant is not yet open or very quiet.

-There are not customers who could interfere in the shots.

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2.       Preparation atmosphere and lifestyle shots

 

Even if the aim is to shoots event-like spontaneous shots, the session needs to be prepared and the shots may have to be pre-staged depending if the customer is fine with being photographed and to appear on social media or on your website.

It is always advised to appoint customers who are happy to participate, in this case, the photoshoot will have to be planned at a busier moment. Alternatively, you may ask staff members and/or friends or family members to help you. Either way, do not forget to have them sign a release where they authorize you to use their image (It’s important to always obtain a signed model release form prior to shooting, regardless of whether the model is paid or unpaid).

If you need both food and atmosphere photos, it is primordial to plan the shooting in 2 distinct stages, for example, the food shooting when the restaurant is very quiet and then or closed and the lifestyle shot when the restaurant is a bit busier or when your “models” are available.

Same as with the food, before the shoot you may want to think of future communication, message to convey, branding and color codes.

This is primordial to determine to plan the logistics so that the models wear suitable matching outfits, for example matching tones with your interior, or have the required props available.

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On location photo of a chef cooking in the restaurant kitchen, zoom on the pan with flambée dish
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3.       Styling and presentation is capital

 

A big part of food photography is styling and presentation, you may not have the budget for a food stylist but with a neat presentation, fresh product, well-prepared session and the help, the eye and experience of your photographer, the shot will be eye-catching and mouthwatering as in a magazine!

Make sure that you have the required ingredients, fresh and in sufficient quantity so raw products can also be added and taken away to produce different images. Also make sure that the necessary crockery and props are available, for a particular image you may need items that you do not necessarily have on a daily basis in your restaurant. Be careful with your dishes and plates that they look nice and new, for example, you may want to use a new plank rather than one that was used a lot and which has a lot of stains and marks.

If you do not have a suitable table to place the food, we know how small the table can be in Amsterdam sometimes, an option is also to use the ground or use a backdrop.

on location food photography with fresh homemade hummus and tomatoes
on location food photography with fresh soup and rd and green hot chili pepper

For behind the scene photos, for example of the chef busy with the preparation of a dish, make sure everything is clean and tidy and the chef wears a proper neat work outfit.

 

 

If you need any advice or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

4 tips to get the most of your lifestyle on location corporate photography session and showcase your brand

Having a personal image bank of your brand and your business is primordial. Professional lifestyle branded images are essential instruments, they are versatile assets that you will need to strengthen your online presence, to communicate and interact with your clients on social media such as Facebook or Instagram, to enhance your website, to promote and showcase your products and services. Using stock photos will never allow you to display and showcase a personal, unique and branded image. 

Here are a few tips for a flawless lifestyle corporate photoshoot.

 

1- Brainstorm and plan how and where you want to use your photos

Consider how you plan on using your images and prepare a list of photos you want to be captured. Will the pictures be used for social media communications, marketing and promotion on your website or on a brochure? Will they illustrate a newsletter or an annual report shared with your clients and partners?

Do you need your service, your product, your staff, or your amenities to be highlighted?

Make a list of all the items, people, places you would need to photograph and how you need them to be presented. Be as detailed as possible.

The presence of a person or some people on a photo can quickly convey emotion and allow a viewer to be engaged and relate to your service or product. You may want behind the scene photos, photos of your collaborators busy, interior photos with happy staff members, students or customers to showcase your company and amenities, photos of your product or service in use, so lifestyle images of your product in situation. Or do you need a sharp and neat single product image, or maybe flat lay photos? 

Among others, here are a few useful questions you may ask yourself during your brainstorming:

What uses I want to make of my images?

Where do I want to use my picture? On a website banner? On Instagram? For marketing collateral?

Who are the photos addressed to? 

What is the story I would like to tell?

Which message and feeling I want to convey? 

What is particularly great about my performance and my audience? 

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2- Create a mood-board

Gather images that correspond to the content or style you are looking to create.

You can find inspiration on the internet, for example on GooglePinterest, or stock photos webpages as Shutterstock

Also think about the tones and color palette that can be associated with your brand and that together with the composition and style of the images, will convey the right feeling and mood. For example a calm feeling with soft and pastel tones or a playful dynamic look with bright and sharp images etc.

It is always a good idea to play and match color tones, here is a great tool to explore trendy color scheme and play with complementary tones.

on location food photography with healthy natural can drink with plant and pink background
on location food photography with vegan sweet cake and desserts on pink and green background, Vegan Sushi Bar Amsterdam

3- Prepare the photoshoot. Build your team

Whether you would like lay-flats to present your product, situation and atmosphere shots to showcase your product, services and your activities, you will need to plan and if needed make arrangements for the location and with your models.

 

  • Location:

will you use your own premises or do you need to use a private or public location? Will some pictures need to be taken a particular event, a product launch for example?

In any case, using a building if it is not your own will require a proper authorization that will grant you the right to use the premises for the shooting as well as to commercially exploit the image of the property appearing on your photos. This can be agreed upon with a property release.

Once you have determined the location, think about the background, making sure it is neat and tidy, that any disturbing elements are when possible removed or hidden. It is indeed easier and quicker if they do not appear on the photos at all than to have them removed at post-production.

 

  • Light/time of the year and the day:

Are you shooting inside or outside? What will the weather be like? Depending on the time of the year, remember to check when the light is optimal, in the winter days are shorter, in the summer, avoid bright day at midday if you want soft calm light and wait the end of the day when reflection and shadow are not so hard than in the middle of the day.

 

  • People:

You may need customers or staff members to appear in your photos to showcase your activity, your products, or services. Whether you appoint professional models, or within your network, asking your staff members, loyal customers, your family and friends to act as a model, each person who can be recognized on the photo will also need to authorize you to use his or her image, this can be done signing a model release.

 

  • Clothing/accessories:

Now that you have the location, the mood board, color tone(s) that can be associated with your brand, you can make sure that your models wear outfits with tone complementing the agreed color palette.

Same with the accessories and props. Accessories can help you convey a message and enhance the style and atmosphere of your photos.

For example, you may also need to create seasonal content that will be used at several specific time of the year, so for instance, have some Christmas props available even if the shooting is held in the summer, in order to take a shot that will be used later on for your Holiday season campaign.

As for the clothing, you will also need to consider the styling and color tone of your props. You can ask help with styling to your photographer or if the budget allows, hire a professional stylist who will art direct the shooting.

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4- Plan the technical details

 

    • Image size- aspect ratio

Do you need a particular aspect ratio for your image? Depending on the publication, do you need portrait or landscape orientated photos, 16:9 for a website banner or maybe 1:1 square photos for Instagram for example? 

This is also something you should think about before the shooting and add to the list.

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    • Negative space

If you are planning to use your image on your website for advertisement, a magazine cover or a brochure, make sure to plan some space on your photo to add a text, a logo, a title or a button. For example a plain area like the ground, some blue sky or a wall.

    • Animated images

Would you like photos that are animated when the users are hovering over the image or would you need gifs? You also should add this in your briefing so your photographer can prepare and direct the shooting accordingly.

 

If you need help to organize your professional lifestyle photoshoot, I would be delighted to discuss your project with you, please do not hesitate to contact me!

The benefits of hiring a professional corporate photographer

You need to document your event, showcase your brand or capture a special milestone, but when it comes to finding a photographer it is tempting to spend less time and money and ask an amateur photographer relative or colleague to help or use your smartphone.

The question of the budget is often a headache and it can be attractive to call upon a colleague who has an affinity with photography and do not get me wrong, there is no question that an amateur photographer can also take very beautiful photos but before choosing an amateur rather than a professional photographer, weigh the Pros and Cons. when it comes to your most important moments and representing your business, saving a little money instead of hiring a professional isn’t necessarily worth it. 

 

So what are the benefits of hiring a professional photographer? Here are the top 5 reasons to invest in professional photography for your website and online social presence.

 

 

  • Education, extensive knowledge and experience

 

Nowadays cameras are able to produce very fine quality images. A professional photographer is well aware of this. This is why, even if he/she very likely uses the best possible professional equipment, he/she advertises the images he/she took, not the gear he/she uses.

But it is also very true that what even the best camera on the market doesn’t feature are experience and knowledge.

Experience and expertise are primordial and there is not any shortcut to it.

Not only your photographer has followed a proper training, thoroughly learning photography techniques and concepts, building up skills and expertise, he/she has also spent many hours taking pictures in various environments, exposed to many settings, lighting conditions and subjects and has been able to cope with many different situations.  He/she is able to adapt and act on-the-fly, ready to capture that unique moment.

He/she knows posing techniques, is able to guide large groups, and a crucial requirement in photography, he/she is able to master lighting techniques.

 

 

  • Adapted professional equipment

 

As already mentioned above, good gear without experience is not sufficient. Great expertise and high range professional set of equipment together will ensure you to get top quality results, visually and technically.

Your photographer indeed has invested in high-end equipment and knows how to use different top range lenses, multiple off-camera flashes, reflector, backdrop, etc.

Your photographer will know what gear to use to reach each specifically required result. In fact, he or she can be compared to any other professional as a mechanic or a plumber. Some of us may indeed own the basic tools and knowledge to perform some easy maintenance, but for specific tasks and results, the most efficient and time-saving way is to call a professional with the right knowledge and gear to effectively reach a proper result.

It is the same with photography, not only will you benefit from your photographer expertise but from his/her equipment as well. 

  • Professional software and editing skills

 

Your photographer has followed tuition and knows how to efficiently and neatly edit photos, he/she owns professional equipment, a computer with the right calibration and the latest software’s to reach high-quality results.

 

  • Content is king! Images are powerful assets that strengthen your online presence and represent your brand

 

Not only a picture worth a thousand words, now with the Internet, a picture is also the only valuable way to showcase your brand and enhance your organization’s online presence. 

Images can also help you to strengthen your presence online. Indeed, through Search Engine Optimization or SEO, optimized photos can help you perform better and be found more easily on the web.

Plus, the best way for potential customers to get to know your business is to show actual photos of your business to them, your team members, and your products or services.

Again, the cost of professional photography makes it tempting for companies to find a cheaper alternative, ask help from an amateur photographer or take photos themselves.  

But keep in mind that your pictures are a window for your (potential) clients and partners. Photos represent your business, your values and your brand. Whether it is to build your brand on social media or to highlight your product or services on your website or on a brochure, you want to take particular care of your online image and presence. 

Low quality and unprofessional photos of your official events, your organization and your staff, the products and services you offer will not convey the right image.

When it comes to successfully marketing and promoting your business, professional photos are a must regardless of the branch in which you work.

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  • Customer satisfaction, involvement and consideration of your needs and expectations

 

Your photographer as any other professional wants your satisfaction, he/she is totally involved and committed so that the best possible results are achieved. And this professional relationship will ensure you get professional guaranties in terms of service, quality and lead-time.

Your photographer has experience with visual requirements and will be able to determine your needs and ensure that your expectations are met. He/she will provide you with proper customer service and support.

Your photographer will make sure to discuss your requirements and needs before the photoshoot, paying attention to every detail, making sure no photos are missed, scout the location be very concerned about details.

Your photographer will also be here to support you after the shooting. She/he will perform further retouches if needed and be able to send you your photos again if unfortunately, you encounter a technical issue.

If you need any information or would like to discuss the possible options of corporate photoshoots, don’t hesitate to reach out to me