Perfect Photoshoot Playbook
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Perfect Photoshoot Playbook

Your Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Professional Photoshoot
5.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7 students enrolled
Created by Maggie Hudson
Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Plan and participate in the perfect photoshoot
  • Hire the right photographer
  • Create a shot list for a photoshoot
  • Choose the right outfits and avoid the wrong outfits
  • Learn the best questions to ask a photographer
  • Pose properly
  • Learn techniques for using photos online for marketing
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  • It helps if you have a laptop and software to store and manage your files. We cover that in Section 3: After Your Shoot.
  • It isn't required, but I cover how to manage photos in Photo Mechanic in Section 3.

The Perfect Photoshoot Playbook will help you plan, participate in, and get the most out of your professional photoshoot. You will learn how to begin planning and searching for the right photographer, you will create a shot list that resonates with your brand, you will learn what clothes to wear (and avoid), and you will even learn some best practices and tips on how to manage, sort and use photos online after your shoot is over.

The course has 3 sections: before, during and after your shoot. You will learn what to do from day one through the end of your shoot and beyond. Get the most out of your photoshoot. Make all the time, energy and investment work for you in the best ways possible.

I created this course from the perspective of a professional photographer with over a decade of experience. I've gathered and shared everything I know about what works and what doesn't work for a professional shoot to help you get the most from your shoot!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for people who are planning a professional photoshoot for their brand or small business. This course will help you from day one to figure out what you need, hire the right photographer, plan a shot list, choose the best clothes, pose, and how to best use photos after your shoot. There is helpful information for people who have never planned or participated in a professional shoot, as well as information for people that want to gain as much as possible from their next shoot. This course starts at day one of planning and goes through the entire process though receiving your photos.
  • This course is NOT for learning photography.
  • This course is NOT for learning social media and marketing.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Introduction to Your Perfect Photoshoot Playbook Course
1 Lecture 01:57

This is an intro to Your Perfect Photoshoot Playbook Course. You will hear what it in the course, what you will learn and how the course is structured.

Preview 01:57
Section 1: Before Your Photoshoot
6 Lectures 38:38

Introduction to section one of the course: Planning Your Photoshoot. There is a questionnaire in this section to help guide you through figuring out what you want and need from your photoshoot so you can start searching for the right photographer and planning out your shoot including things like locations and photo lists.

Preview 01:32

Tips on things to look for and avoid as you search for the right photographer for your photoshoot. Get yourself ready to find the best photographer for your job by following these tips. Use the provided worksheet with over 30 questions to ask your photographer before you hire them.

Preview 04:23

This is a mashup of two interviews with best questions to ask a photographer as you search. Questions about posing, wardrobe, and what you get from your photographer are all answered in this section. The answers will guide you to know what you want and don't want to hear. Follow along with the "Questions For Your Photographer" worksheet and take notes on what you want to hear from a photographer.

Preview 12:40

Tips and examples of a man and a woman in clothes that work and don't work for a photoshoot. 

Wardrobe Tips

More questions as two people do a photographer interview. Questions about makeup, hair, what to bring to your photoshoot and more are answered in this section.

Photographer FAQ (part two of two)

You've finished section one! You know what you want and need from a photoshoot and you are ready with all the right questions and tools to hire the right photographer for the job.

Section 1: Before Your Photoshoot Wrap Up
Section 2: During Your Photoshoot
2 Lectures 12:43

What to do and plan for the week before your photoshoot. You'll learn about things like hair & makeup, wardrobe, props and best health practices like drinking water and getting sleep. Follow along with the "Photo Prep Checklist" and take notes if you think of anything else you need before your photoshoot.

Getting Prepared for Your Photoshoot: Best Practices 1-2 Weeks Before.

In this section you will learn what to bring to your photoshoot, tips on creating a fun environment for your shoot as well as tips on posing. You'll learn how to reduce double chins and how to really smile, like for real.

The Day of Your Photoshoot
Section 3: After Your Photoshoot
4 Lectures 31:01

In this section, I will cover how to save photos, create copies, and implement your photos online in websites and on social media platforms. 

Best Practices for Saving Photos After Your Shoot

Learn how to use Finder and Photo Mechanic (photo organization software) to copy, sort, label and rename photos so you can be ready to start using photos online.

Copy, Sort, Label and Renaming Photos (Using Finder and Photo Mechanic)

Best practices on how to save and use your photos online after your photoshoot.

More Best Practices on Using Photos After a Shoot

I review how four of my clients have used professional photos I've taken for them online in their websites and social media. You'll learn best practices and places you can start implementing photos today.

Using Photos On Websites and Social Media: Real Client Examples
Perfect Photoshoot Playbook Course Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:39

Congrats on finishing the course!

You Made It!
About the Instructor
Maggie Hudson
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92 Students
2 Courses
Photographer and Educator

I'm a professional photographer and online educator. I specialize in photographing weddings, events and portraits. I provide photography and video services to clients worldwide. I've guest lectured at universities, taught one on one in private lessons and have hosted photography meetup groups. I've created a series of short tips and photography "hacks" online and have begun to translate my decade of photography knowledge into online courses in order to reach a bigger network and help students worldwide.