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Baking the Perfect Photoshoot

Baking the perfect photoshoot takes a little bit of work. But, it pays huge dividends for your marketing in the end!
Baking the perfect photoshoot takes a little bit of work. But, it pays huge dividends for your marketing in the end!

Baking the Perfect Photoshoot Shouldn't Be Easy

Baking the perfect photoshoot takes more than you might think.

After all, you are building a visual story for your audience, inside of a frame. And, that story is going to live in a specific place. And, it is going to be shown to specific people. And, you want them to react a certain way after seeing it.

Sigh.

I blame Eastman Kodak.

In 1888, they coined the line, ”Just push the button and we’ll do the rest”.

Sure, it sold a lot of Brownie cameras and prints.

But, it also totally glossed over the backbone of any great, story-telling photo: Every photo tells a story. What do you want yours to say?

If every picture tells a story and is worth a 1,000 words, what is the story that your clients are coming to see?

I get a call about once a month that starts off with “Hi, how much for you to come in a shoot for a day at our offices?”

Since every project I take on is customized to the client, I always ask, “What are we photographing?”

“Oh, I don’t know yet. We just want to get some photography done.”

This is a lot like going into a grocery store without knowing what you need to get.

You can grab a dozen eggs. Throw in some flour, sugar and vanilla. But, it won’t make a cake until you remember to get the icing.

Wait, what kind of a cake do you want to make?

Who’s coming to dinner? Do they even like cake?

“We just want you to make a bunch of pictures and we will pull what we need from the set.”

Ah, so are we going to bake every cake recipe in the book and throw away 90 percent of the work because our audience only likes cheese cake?

This seems wasteful, but it happens all to often.

I have a better idea.

Baking the Perfect Photoshoot

Planning prevents poor performance, as my teachers used to tell me. And, they were right!

Here are our challenges: I don’t know what you know about your product, your services and your audience.

I don’t know about the resources you have on hand or even how much you have thought about where these photos are going to appear.

How much time, energy, resources, money, etc you want to invest to get the ultimate photo(s) that will tell your story about your company to your clients.

Getting back to our cake analogy, I have a lot of recipes for photos that can be customized for a wide variety of stories (marketing messages), and audiences (your potential clients), at different investment levels (how much you are willing to invest in your marketing).

So, here is my idea:

Let’s have a frank discussion of what kind of “cake” you like, how much of it you really need and who you will be serving it to.

Then, the answer to the question “how much?” will already be baked in!

Now, who is hungry?

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