Your friends are the most valuable thing you have. Does that sound like a cliché? Well, think about it. Are you really spending as much time with them as you would like? Do you really see them often enough? How many times has it happened in the last few years that all of you got physically together and enjoyed a great time together? You see, organizing a get together with your friends is definitely easy these days. Which is why we think that it is definitely worth it to book a professional photographer and get some amazing pictures.
Organizing such an event can be challenging, though. Booking the photographer is the easy part, it is managing your crazy crowd that can be the biggest adventure here. To help you out, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a couple of useful hints to take some of the weight off your shoulders and help you get the most out of your photo session.
Parties and plans
First of all, let us address an issue that many people forget about. Of course, if you are meeting your friends, you will want to enjoy every single minute of your time together, so you will definitely not be avoiding parties and fun. But, if you are thinking about booking a photo session in the morning, it is worth hitting the sack early the night before. After all, no one looks and feels their best when they are hung over and you want your photos to look great, right?
As you might have guessed from the above, morning light is great for photo shoots. It also gives you the advantage of empty streets and a more intimate vibe. On the other hand, if you are with a larger group of friends, it might be complicated to get everyone to the right place on time. We all know those situations, when everyone is ready, the taxi is there and you are waiting for that one missing person. To help you avoid that, you can also book an evening session.
In the evening, you can get even softer light and everyone can get properly prepared. This comes at the price of fuller streets and most people getting tired a bit more easily, so it is up to you and your friends what you decide. Do not hesitate to reach out to your photographer and discuss your plans with them, they are very experienced and will be happy to help you.
Woop woop – fashion police in da house
You can manage everything perfectly, everyone can be very happy about the timings, the travel plans and the party programme, but there will always be one thing that will cause discussions. You guessed it. It is the outfits. Sure, to each their own, we all have various fashion tastes and your friends are likely to want to express their personalities in different ways.
In general, there are two ways to go. Either you decide for identical outfits for everyone, which has its pros and cons, or you go for a specific selection of colours that all of you will be wearing.
The biggest advantage of the first option is that the photos will create a sense of unity and special connection, while the main disadvantage is also pretty clear – you will have to choose something fit for the occasion and all of your friends.
The second option also has its perks, since the whole group can just agree to wear some universal classics and let the idea of your friendship be the main bonding element of the photos. Just be careful about minor differences that can eventually wreak havoc in the final impression of the pictures, because if you decide to go for, say, jeans and white t-shirts, the variety of these two particular items of clothing can make them completely incompatible. Make sure to specify what exactly it is your friends should bring, like, for example, white fitted V-neck t-shirts and dark blue skinny jeans.
Whichever option you decide to go for, it is also worth mentioning that the outfit should first and foremost be comfortable. You will probably spend a couple of hours in it, so make sure that you everyone will be able to smile even at the end of the session. It goes without saying that this applies for shoes as well.
So, to give you a nice and easy summary of all of the above:
- Try to avoid partying too hard before a morning photo shoot.
- A session in the morning means less crowded cities, but also sleepy friends.
- An evening shoot gives you even softer light, but more onlookers.
- If you go for a team outfit, think carefully, so that everyone feels comfortable. If you decide for classic models, remember to specify exactly what your friends should be wearing.
- Don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time with the people who always make you smile.
You see, it really is as easy as that. And as said before, if you need any help or advice, our photographers are here for you.