Photoshoot Ideas For Weddings, Couples, Family, Birthdays, Baby,…

Running dry on ideas to push yourself and your photography portfolio? Here are 5 ideas worth stealing. Perhaps one might catch your attention, or inspire to you do something similar. Or very very different.

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The Giant List Of Photoshoot Ideas

  1. Focus on the details.
  2. Shoot the in-between moments.
  3. Take a photo with three generations.
  4. Capture a shot of the wedding bouquet.
  5. Hold a photo shoot with the bride’s father.
  6. Use a wide angle lens.
  7. Create a gobo to project some patterns on your subject.
  8. Get as close as your lens will allow.
  9. Photograph one of your grandparents extensively.
  10. Go on a road trip.

Photoshoot Idea: Go On A Roadtrip.

The constantly changing landscape and environment will force you to keep looking for new things to photograph. As most road trips are like a good story (with a beginning, a middle, and an end) it’s also a great opportunity to tell a story with your images.

  1. Find a huge trampoline.
  2. Wrap torn plastic or other materials around the edge of your camera to create hazy edges.
  3. Use a hand-held glass lens or prism, to create blurred, abstract forms.
  4. Deliberately unfocus lights to create ‘bokeh’.
  5. Photograph scenes through visible hand-held lenses.
  6. Use color gels.

Using Color Gels In Photoshoots

Adding some color to your photoshoots is always a good idea, especially if you want to create highly visual and striking images. Get some color gels and put them over your flashes.

  1. Put objects on top of photographs and rephotograph them.
  2. Project images onto people or scenes.
  3. Create pinhole photography with your own pinhole camera.
  4. Deliberately overexpose a shot, creating ‘high-key’ photography.
  5. Experiment with camera filters.
  6. Take unfocused shots and create semi-abstract photographs.
  7. Use tilt-shift photography to make real things look miniature.
  8. Photograph things with extreme macro lenses.
  9. Use frames within frames.
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A great idea for a photo shoot to practice your composition is using frames within frames.

  1. Emphasize reflections (in puddles, windows,…) rather than the objects themselves.
  2. Create illusions using forced perspective.
  3. Capture the same scene at different times.
  4. Photograph things that are submerged in colored liquid or milk bath.
  5. Photograph things pressed against transparent surfaces.
  6. Overlay images with double exposure.
  7. Photograph things through transparent sheets.
  8. Pretend you are shooting a movie.
  9. Photograph objects through mottled or translucent screens.
  10. Create a light painting or drawing.
  11. Move the camera horizontally, so a moving subject is in focus but the background is blurred.
  12. Use slow shutter speeds to create blurred movement.
  13. Shoot during the Golden Hour.
  14. Try using different background textures.
  15. Shoot a photo within a photo.
  16. Use a giant plant and find some creative ways for your model to pose with it.
  17. Create a silhouette.
  18. Use negative space.
  19. Play around with wigs and costumes.
  20. Use a fisheye.
  21. Take two photos and make a diptych.
  22. Incorporate a pet.
  23. Shoot a roll of film.