San Diego Portrait Photographer in Training – Part II

So, as I told you from my previous blog, I have joined the Gerardy Team of Photographers. Last week was our first week shooting at the schools and I have to tell you that it was an educational experience, please excuse the pun. As a San Diego Portrait Photographer, with the overwhelming number of photographers, the competition is fierce, so any edge you have can be a feather in your cap.

Since the training at Gerardy was so intense, we were really prepared for pretty much anything; they threw at us. We spent about a week at La Costa Canyon High School photographing everyone from freshman to seniors. Everyone showed up on time, worked great together and show good teamwork. Setup went flawless, time to go live was right on schedule, and we had time to spare. Here are few things that I picked up, along the way.

Trends are popular, no matter how absurd they seem.

Each student is pretty much the same with a little uniqueness thrown in.

Girls tend to be more critical about their ID picture than guys. (Guys just make sure there’s a face)

Parents attend picture day, no matter what grade his or her student is in.

Freshman tend to have more parents present, during registration than any other grade.

Shooting high school students is much easier than middle school.

A well oiled machine makes everything go quicker and smoother.

If you experience technical difficulties, it will occur at the worst possible.

A good day is when you are only for minutes.

When all else fails restart the program or reboot.

All in all the week went by fast. Everyone worked great together and there were really no issues, other than a power failure for five minutes. There were no major paperwork errors, so editing loved us.

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.