9 Tips for preparing for your photo shoot

Taking just a little time in preparing for your photo shoot can take your photos from pretty to incredible! And if you’ve just booked your photo shoot, I bet you’re feeling pretty excited at the prospect of making brand new memories to keep. As well you should: a photo shoot is more than just an hour or two in front of the lens, it’s the chance to capture moments, milestones and memories of your family, your loved ones and your friends to treasure. And just a little planning for your shoot can go a long way. Read these 9 handy tips on preparing for your photo shoot and make those photographs something truly special.

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Who’s behind the camera?

Hi, I’m Hazel, owner, founder and photographer at Bamboo Shoot Photography. I love being behind the camera and getting my clients to laugh but I understand exactly how awkward it feels to stand in FRONT of the lens. I like to make you, my client, feel comfortable during your shoot so be warned that I am the official teller of bad Dad jokes. (How do dinosaurs pay their bills? With Tyrannosaurus checks…)

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My 20 favourite photos of 2017

So I had plans to post my 20 best photos of 2017 a few weeks back, and well… it's already the end of January 2018 (say what?!) and I am only getting to this blog post now. Yeah, 2017 was cray-cray and if I wasn't taking photo shoots or editing, I was falling asleep over my supper while trying to post sneak peeks and full shoots on my website. But you know what? It was incredibly FUN and super rewarding to be able to do all of these shoots with my fantastic clients (you guys really are amazing). And it gave me all the warm fuzzies to go back and pick my 20 best photos of 2017. Here they are, in no particular order:

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{Sneak Peek!} Portrait photo shoot with Clarinda

It was 4C when I left for this portrait photo shoot one icy August morning... FOUR DEGREES! With a biting wind to add an extra edge to the cold, I was worried that my client, the lovely Clarinda, was going to freeze in this less than hospitable weather. But she braved the cold in her eye-catching dress with a winning smile and posed with such grace and poise. Clarinda, you deserve a medal!

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{Sneak Peek!} Fabulously fun family shoot with the Sishis

I can't get over Elijah's smile. He's the littlest of the Sishi clan, but he is the epitome of gap-toothed cuteness! And then adding the gorgeous Kendra into the mix with her confident little strut... Best of all, was getting a smile out of Aaron-John (it's tough to be a too-cool pre-teen!) Seeing these three interact, laugh and play with their parents - the incredibly talented Ed and Clarinda - well, let's face it: the Sishis were a fabulously fun family to photograph.

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{Sneak Peek!} Corporate photo shoot with the Good Night team
Bamboo Shoot Photography did a recent corporate photo shoot with the Good Night team in Pretoria.

{Sneak Peek!} Corporate photo shoot with the Good Night team

It's not every day I get a chance to photograph superheroes, so I didn't pass up on this great opportunity to do corporate headshots for Good Night team recently. Good Night held a set of conferences and workshops with their national team here in Pretoria and asked me to do headshots for the team on the final evening.

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