Tips to rock your Queenstown photo shoot
So, you’ve booked an adventurous elopement or an Engagement shoot and you are wondering what happens next. Well, I have prepared a little blog post for you and your partner so you can both be totally at ease before embarking on your session.
I am going to start with the basics, your outfits. I say outfits because you are more than welcome to get changed during the session, just note, this time is included in the overall shoot time. You need to choose an outfit you feel good in, after all this is all about you. I have written another blog post Here about what to wear to give you an idea of styles and colours that work with the Queenstown backdrop. The most important thing is that you come to the shoot feeling good about yourself, that way everyone is comfortable from the start. Don’t try and be someone you’re not or wear something you wouldn’t normally, I would hate for you to spend your time adjusting your outfit instead of being in that little love bubble with your partner.
When you are getting ready play some of your favourite music, I remember way back when I used to go out clubbing playing my favourite music while getting ready would get me pumped for a night of dancing. Treat your photoshoot like a really fun night out, that way you will be full of energy when you arrive.
Always allow yourself plenty of time to get ready, you don’t want to turn up flustered to your photoshoot. Play the music, sip the wine, have a snack and take your time doing your hair and make-up. There’s nothing worse than hearing me turn up and you’re still applying your nail varnish. If you are looking to be pampered before your shoot, then I highly recommend the following beauty goddesses. These ladies will take the time to make you look fabulous before your shoot and most of them will travel out to your location, eliminating any stress you may have
One important thing you should do is be sure to grab something to eat before your shoot. This might sound silly but the mother hen inside me has to say it. If you have been ‘touristing’ around Queenstown and haven’t allowed enough time to eat beforehand you won’t be on your best form. Most of the time our sessions will be in the early morning or evening and trust me, you won’t feel your relaxed self if you are a little hangry.
Try not to feel shy in front of me. I know it can be daunting having your photo taken, especially if it is the first time but I want you to be as comfortable as possible. I can easily say, and my friends will back me up here, I am not an intimidating person. I am quietly spoken and love to have a laugh, I don’t take myself to seriously and I will most likely trip over at least once during your shoot because I am running around capturing that love.
First and foremost, I want you to have fun and feel comfortable. We will have time in the car to spin a few yarns and get to know each other before I get my camera out, that way we can chat, and you can tell me all about your love story and where it began.
When we reach the location there may be a short walk, to prepare for this be sure to bring some sensible shoes along, a coat or jacket and some make up top ups. Hair ties and bobby pins, plus an outfit change are always a good idea too, most likely there won’t be anywhere to get changed to be prepared to use my car as your changing room.
I am proud to live in Queenstown and get immense pleasure from seeing my clients faces when we pull up at certain locations, so please have a minute just you two to soak in all the views before we get stuck in to it. I will put on some music, so if you have a favourite jam let me know before the shoot and I can be prepared, this will help you get relaxed and way more comfortable, plus who doesn’t love a mountain top dance off?
If this is your first photoshoot, I’m here to help you out, think of me as photographer and photoshoot posing coach. I will give you pose prompts that I want you to do. This could be as simple as holding hands and walk towards the mountains or something fun like a piggy back ride. Whatever the pose I will show you first, so you know what to expect. I want you to be yourself and act as naturally as possible, sometimes I am not looking to capture the pose but the laughter and moments in between that follow, these are the moments when you are acting your true self and, in my opinion, the best captures. I am all about those sweet quiet, in-between moments too so I might ask you to whisper something in your partners ear, that way I can capture those little instants along with the snuggles and cuddles and love between you two.
If you feel confident to improvise yourself and do your own thing then go for it, I know it will make a killer shot. If you are still feeling a little nervous when the session has begun then just focus on your partner and the love you feel for them, this way you will totally forget I am even there and let your guard down. I am also working on enjoying being in front of the camera myself and I always find it easier when I have a little direction, it also helps me forget about silly things like if my butt looks big or if my hair is a mess…. Disclaimer, messy, windswept hair looks epic in photos.
During our shoot we may experience some unpredictable weather, Queenstown can be especially unpredictable with some days experiencing all four seasons. The good news is there is never a bad day in Queenstown, in fact New Zealand is just so god damn good looking and nothing can change that. We will be rolling with the punches, if the wind is blowing great, the dress you are wearing will be flowing with the elements and if its drizzling with rain, perfect. There’s nothing like a little bit of dramatic moody look. We will shoot beautiful photos whatever the weather and they will be epic.
After your session is over, I will take you back to wherever you are staying in Queenstown and we will say our goodbyes. I will do my best to get your edited photos to you within 10 days, for weddings this will be a little longer. You will receive a link to an online gallery where you can view the images all in order. You can then download the images directly and share the link with your friends and family. You can also buy prints directly from the website. I will then share the images with you direct via we transfer – a file sharing site, here you will be able to download to your own laptop and use as you please.
If you have any questions regarding your shoot before we meet, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. This is your moment and I want to make you feel as fantastic as possible.
I can’t wait to meet you and capture your beautiful love story here in Queenstown