What happens during a swimwear photo shoot on location?
Swimwear Photo Shoots – Before we get into the logistics of what happens on the day of a swimwear photo shoot lets take a minute and recognize all the people that take part in creating all of the required arrangements for the shoot. There are travel and accommodation arrangements which for the most part are done in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition there are numerous volunteers that are required to help with outfit changes, props, general support etc. Without all of the support staff and volunteers, a swimwear photo shoot would be a disaster. But of course there is all the sexy swimwear for the shoot.
Without all of these dedicated people that give their time to the cause, a quality swimwear photo shoot just could not happen.
Now on the first night, we generally have a general meeting with the staff, volunteers and of course the models. It is at this time that the schedule is finalized for location and times. Remember we are at the mercy of the weather so weather forecast plays a huge part in how the schedule will play out. Luckily in the southern continents, the weather forecast is relatively accurate so we can schedule our activities accordingly.
On the morning of the first shoot, the models will typically head for a physical work out then a light breakfast. While the models are preparing, the makeup artists are setting up their booths, and temporary wardrobe rooms are being set up.
Photographers are typically already on site, setting up lighting, and cameras and adjusting props.
Then as the models come in on schedule they are outfitted in the swimsuit that is required for the shoot and the makeup artists take over subtly touching things up to make everything perfect.
As the day progresses we try to get two locations in a day, plus we try and get away from the resort scene and get out to a remote beach.
In any case to get the perfect shot, a model may sit for hours waiting for sun conditions or holding a pose to get the proper breeze though her hair. The models tend to be very tired by the end of a day because they have to stay in one place and hold a pose for extended periods of time.
One of the really fun parts of location shoots is when we go into a small town and take impromptu shoots, this could involve old buildings, local people animals etc. This is when we really get a chance to meet people and laugh and enjoy their company. We have locations that we have been to numerous times and some locals remember our names and can’t wait to see us again.
It really is a warm feeling when someone we met from a previous year runs up to give us a hug and warm welcome.
At the end of the day, we will have a round table meeting and discuss what went well and what did not, so we can quickly learn from our mistakes and try to improve on the next days swimwear photo shoot. Like any other activity that requires coordination of numerous individuals, things will go wrong but for the most part, it is a lot of fun and excitement.
So there you have it. It’s a long process, sometimes the days are very long, but we do have a great deal of fun.