Setup before they arrive
Put in a genuine effort to get to know your talent
Make them feel comfortable
Make them Laugh
- Communicate with your talent, let them know why you are doing what you are doing but also be cautious to not let that be a tutorial where you can’t get your own work done.
- Show them what you are capturing after a few shots before you ask them for something else, It makes them feel more relaxed and more comfortable when you show them what you have captured, what you are trying to capture and how they can help you get it.
- Take suggestions onboard, acknowledge the suggestions. Never dismiss the talents’ suggestions because that sometimes demotivate them which makes it even harder for you get the shot you want.
- Set the tone of the shoot and what you need to achieve, how much time do you have on location or in studio.
- With the deadlines, studio bookings, talent bookings and all other production logistics can be stressful. never run around like a headless chook, if you are stressed that will transfer the energy to your talent and other staff on production so keep your cool and above all, don’t forget to have some fun.