What should dancers keep in mind when scheduling their shoot?
Real life issues come up, too: you get too sick to move, your family needs you for an emergency, your roommates need to be taken to the ER or the roof collapses in your apartment because of the insane leak coming from your neighbor’s tub or the single most important audition of your career was JUST made available and if you don’t make it you will have the single biggest regret of your life made real.
If this comes up, let your photographer know as soon as you can and communicate this as clearly as you can. We’ve all been there, and no decent person will hold that against you.
So, Theik, you’re talking about being flaky and inconsiderate?
Okay, but what about scheduling a “tentative” shoot date?
Gotcha. So, as a dancer, when should our shoot preparation begin?
So hygeine and grooming should be considered before a shoot as well?
Grooming wise, what’s your pet peeve?
Should I cancel my shoot if I get a big zit the night before?
However, if you do have some permanent or long-term skin spots or conditions (like moles, birthmarks, psoriasis, etc. ) just communicate with your photographer and tell them what you’d like them to do about it in post-production: do you want things to be removed? Softened? Or, left alone?
Can I ask the photographer to make sure those marks are taken care of?
Also, maybe don’t show that side of your body to the camera, if you can help it!
Once the shoot is scheduled and everything is prepared the night before, what should a dancer do next?
Why is this so important?
So don’t flake. Got it. In the dance world 15 minutes early is considered on time, does the same hold true in the photography realm?
The day of the shoot.
I’ve heard some horror stories of young women showing up at a photo shoot and things going south. Can I bring a buddy?
Okay, but why?
So should I just suck it up, arrive alone, and chance it with a new photographer?
So who commonly accompanies dancers to a shoot?
I love meeting new people – as long as I know they’re coming!
During the shoot.
The lights are on. I’m in my outfit. Now what do I do?
But can’t my photographer just tell me what to do?
But it’s better to have some inspiration at your fingertips than having the blind lead the blind.
It’s just taking photos, aren’t all photographers created equal?
I booked my shoot and my photographer isn’t a “dance” photographer, am I screwed?
After the shoot.
Okay, so after the shoot. I have my pictures. What now?
But why? They’re MY pictures, why shouldn’t I edit them how I please?
Yikes. What else?
What if I do a shoot and don’t get my photos right away?
What if they ghost?