Big Production Shoots are a blast! The key is organization.
Jun 13, 2016 | By: David Morris Photography
We had the privilege to shoot another large production for our friends at VML and Tom's of Maine. When shooting large projects like these there are a lot of moving parts and people to keep organized.
You have a number of people from the client and agency. We also had second photographers, photo assistants, set builder, models, talent agencies, producer, production coordinator, chef, hair and make-up stylist, and photo retoucher. Not to mention we needed to do a casting session to find the right models.
The project involved hundreds of email, texts, five different estimate versions, creating a shooting schedule for both photographers to make sure we got all the shots done on schedule, photo retouching schedule, building sets, prop shopping, checking in products to make sure everything is at the studio and in photo condition.
Of course, then we needed to pre-light the sets, get all the props in place, check that all the set lights to make sure they work, add dimmers to make sure they didn't overpower the natural light, make sure the set paint was dry and that everything looked perfect.
One of the things I've learned over the years is that you always have to be ready for the unexpected. This project was no exception. In some of the photos below we had to spin the sink and vanity around backwards. We had to do this so the shot fit the layout better. It worked perfectly!
The bottom line is with any project you need to be organized and ready for the unexpected, this is especially true with big productions.
Production Board and hourly schedule.
Casting session included photographing models hands, teeth, and action shots.
Hair and Make-up stylist in action.
Our second photographer and retoucher Tiffany ( upper left ) shooting product on white while I shot product families on set.
Props and wardrobe choices for the shoot.
A peek behind the photo sets.
As I mentioned we had to turn the sink and vanity around to fit the layout.
Shooting the lifestyle shots in the green room.
The blue room set.
Chef Pauline putting the final touches on lunch for the clients and crew.
Beef tenderloin filet with roasted veggies and salad. It was awesome!
Shooting our lifestyle model in the blue bathroom set.