There’s a fine line between a professional photo shoot and taking selfies. Especially when you want to present a professional image for your social profiles and website.
Before I went on a road trip, I got together with a local professional photographer who successfully captured the personality I was seeking for my personal blog.
plan your project with the photographer
After checking out several photographers (including their work on social network accounts), I emailed Cassandra with a brief concept of my project to see if she was interested.
She responded enthusiastically and set up a meeting to discuss the project. During our discussion, it became clear Cassandra understood the concept of creating a professional image for a travel blogger.
As a result, we agreed on doing a portfolio of images using the Susquehanna River towns as a backdrop for our project. It took some figuring out as well as reaching out to local businesses to seek permission to use their locations for our project.
smart tip – create multiple settings
One benefit of creating a portfolio of images is creating a variety of images that can be used in different situations. For example, among other topics, I prefer to blog about travel, a passion of mine.
This meant creating a setting where I appear approachable as a professional as well as adventurous as a traveler. Cassandra did a fantastic job scouting locations before the day of the shoot.
After discussing what we could use as props, Cassandra was able to find quite a few settings that allowed us to create a variety of images.
in action on the river
I’m a water boy so anything I can do with the water, whether it is in, on, or over the water, there’s a good chance I will do it. Kayaking, rafting, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, stand up paddling (SUP), etc…
create a virtual location where you can work
With the ability to work anywhere you want using WIFI connection, you can show your ability to handle the task without issues.
create shiloutte images
There’s something about keeping an image that is obsecure but yet capturing the audience’s imagination. Shiloutte images are a great way to do this.
feature a quality product in action
One benefit of being a travel blogger is the opportunity to share with your audience about different travel gears you use. For example, I can’t simply decide on which travel backpack is better.
capture yourself smiling
There’s always that random moment when someone manages to capture you smiling. Again, we managed to incorporate my other travel backpack along with my ultralight rainjacket.
As you can see, with a little creativity, you can go a long ways with a variety of settings for your professional images.
all the credit goes to…
I can’t take the credit for these pictures. It was not possible to do this without the terrific Cassandra of Cassandra Storm Photography. She went the extra mile to scout locations and reach out to a few businesses who were willing to sponsor the shoot.
I have to thank Chiques Rock Outfitters for taking the time to accommodate us during our photo shoot. Not only were they willing to let us use their kayak, they also offered the use of their bike which they have available for rent to use on the fantastic Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.
If you are interested in visiting the river towns on the grand ole Susie Q, I highly recommend stopping in Marietta, PA which is a terrific place to explore.
In addition, take a break and enjoy the atmosphere at one of my favorite pubs, McCleary’s Public House, especially the newly renovated seating area in the back.
What other tips do you have for working with a professional photographer?