When people see a picture in a magazine, they may think “Wow, that is a really great shot” but rarely do they think of the time and planning that went into getting that perfect image. I was no different until I experienced first-hand what it is like to be on set of a professional photo shoot.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of observing a session with Annika for Women’s Golf Journal, an American national magazine dedicated to celebrating the lifestyle of golfing women everywhere.
The day began at 7:00 AM sharp with everyone arriving at Annikas’ home and immediately beginning set up. The stylist, hair dresser and make-up artist arrived with suitcases filled with the tools of their trade. Outside, the camera crew began unpacking the van with back drops, lights and technical equipment galore.
Annika finished eating her breakfast with her family before the kids had to leave for school and then the glam crew got to work. As one person was putting curlers in her hair, the other was trying different tones of foundation on her skin. It was truly amazing to watch. All the while, Annika sat casually on her phone while making conversation with everyone in the room.
When the base of hair and makeup was finished, Annika met with the stylist to pick out her outfits. The most important part about wardrobe is being able to show the model’s, or in this case, athlete’s, personality through the clothes while also making sure she’s comfortable. After some trying on, the first outfit was picked. The camera crew was all done setting up and ensuring the camera and digital were all working in sync. The hair dresser and makeup artist added their finishing touches. It was finally go time.
The first scene took place near a tennis court in a marshy area bordering a lake. While it was a beautiful backdrop for a photoshoot, it was also a little scary because of all the snakes that called that place their home! Naturally, Annika handled it with ease and the photos came out beautifully.
After this, we moved to the dock. The camera crew brought all their equipment down to the dock and everyone helped to set up the perfect scene. They also used a picnic table for a prop which was a nice addition. In between pictures, the hairdresser was adjusting her bangs and the make-up artist was adding more color to her skin. The entire day consisted of everyone working together efficiently to produce the best pictures possible. After some solo pictures were taken of Annika, her husband, Mike, joined her. The photographer captured some amazing pictures of the lovely couple enjoying their home together.
After the pictures were taken, all that was left to do was editing some photos and clean up. The photos came out fantastically and the day was a success. Some minor editing was done on set as everyone packed up their gear. The photographer showed the best photos from the day and everyone left with a smile on his or her face thanks to a job well done. When I asked Annika how she thought the shoot went, she replied “Photoshoots are always interesting, and this one was no different. They are a lot of work, yet very rewarding. I enjoy trying the different clothing, and getting to know the photographers and their perspective on various shots. This shoot for Women’s Golf Journal was great because it was at our home.”
It takes an efficient, hard-working team to pull off a successful photoshoot. Everyone did a wonderful job, especially Annika, and we can’t wait to see the final product. Stay tuned!