26th June 2024

How to Get the Best Out of a Creative Photography Brief 

A well-executed creative photography brief can be the cornerstone of a successful creative and branding project, providing clear direction and ensuring all involved parties are on the same page. Here's a comprehensive guide to getting the best out of your creative photography brief, where we will touch upon these important areas.

  1. Break down the brief
  2. Plan what you need
  3. Organise all the moving parts
  4. Direct the shoot
  5. Deliver the final outcomes

Check out some of our work where we have used creative photography here and read on to find out how we tackled them.

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Break down the brief

The first step in any successful photography project is to thoroughly understand the brief. Here’s how to break it down effectively:

Understand the Objectives

What is the primary goal of the shoot? Whether it's for a marketing campaign, a product launch, or social media, understanding the objectives will guide everything you do.

Identify Key Messages

What messages or emotions should the final images convey? This could be anything from professionalism and trustworthiness to excitement and innovation.

Know Your Audience

Who will be viewing these photos? Knowing the target audience helps tailor the style, tone, and content of the shoot to their preferences and expectations.

Clarify Deliverables

What are the specific deliverables required? This could include the number of photos, formats (e.g. JPEG), dimensions, framing (portrait, landscape, square), and any specific editing requirements.

Plan What You Need

Once you’ve broken down the brief, the next step is meticulous planning. Here’s how to ensure you have everything you need for a successful shoot:

Create a Shot List

A shot list outlines all the images you need to capture. This can include different angles, compositions, and specific moments. Prioritise the most critical shots to ensure they get captured. Tip - You could create a mini mood board for each shot.

Find your Location 

If the shoot is not in a studio, visit potential locations in advance. Assess the lighting conditions, backgrounds, and any logistical challenges.

Book a photographer

Research photographers who work in the style you require. View samples of their work and ensure they are free for the date and to fulfil the edits in a timely manner. Ensure they have all necessary equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting, and tripods. Don’t forget backup gear in case of technical issues.

Hire Talent

Depending on the project, you might need models, makeup artists, stylists, or other creative professionals. Ensure they are booked well in advance.

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Organise all the moving parts

With a plan in place, it's time to organise all the components to ensure a smooth shoot day.

Create a Schedule or Call sheet

Develop a detailed timeline for the shoot day, including setup, shoot, and wrap-up times. Allocate time for breaks and contingency plans for unexpected delays.

Communicate with the team

Ensure everyone involved knows the schedule, their roles, and what’s expected of them. Clear communication minimises misunderstandings and keeps the project on track.

Prepare documentation

Have all necessary documentation ready, including model release forms, contracts, and any permits required for shooting locations.

Direct the shoot

The day of the shoot is where all your preparation pays off. Effective direction is crucial to capturing the desired results.

Set the tone

Create a positive and productive atmosphere. A relaxed, focused environment helps everyone perform at their best. Always give a safety briefing including location fire exits, first aiders and what to do in an emergency.

Be flexible

While having a plan is crucial, being adaptable to changes and unforeseen challenges is equally important. Weather changes, equipment malfunctions, or unexpected creative opportunities may arise.

Provide clear instructions

Communicate your vision clearly to everyone involved, especially the talent. Offer constructive feedback and adjustments to ensure you’re getting the shots you need.

Behind The Scenes Of A Football Photoshoot, With European Football Shirts

Deliver the Final Outcomes

The final step is delivering the results that meet or exceed expectations.

Edit and Retouch

Post-processing is essential to polish the final images. Ensure the editing aligns with the project's objectives and maintains consistency.

Review with the Client

Present the images to the client for feedback. Be open to revisions to meet their vision precisely.

Deliver the Files

Provide the final images in the agreed formats and resolutions. Ensure that all deliverables, including any additional assets like behind-the-scenes photos or videos, are included.

Follow Up

After delivery, follow up with the client to ensure they are satisfied. Positive relationships lead to repeat business and referrals.

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By following these steps, you can maximise the effectiveness of your creative photography brief, ensuring a smooth process and outstanding results. Each phase is crucial to capturing and delivering images that fulfil the project’s vision and objectives.

If you’d like to chat about how a shoot might help your campaign, feel free to get in touch.

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