One of the best ways to show off your items and products from your shop is to have a beautiful photo shoot with great lighting and models to show everything off. Fortunately, it doesn’t take an expensive camera, a degree in art, or a lot of money to have great photo shoots. Here are a few tips on how to organize a photo shoot on a budget so you can transform your shop on I Live NOLA and show your items off in the best way possible:

Great Photographers Don’t Have to be Expensive

To get the best photos possible, having a DLSR camera is recommended. If you can’t make an investment and purchase one yourself, finding an inexpensive photographer is a great way to outsource to get the images you need.

One of the best ways to find a photographer is to visit a local college campus and post a flyer looking for a college student that needs real work experience. Most art students can use the professional experience and will often be able to work for very cheap or even just a free lunch to go along with a testimonial from you.

Find Models Looking for Experience

It isn’t just photographers that need professional experience, either. A great way to make eye-catching images for your shop is to find a model that will be able to become a brand ambassador for your products. There are a lot of websites that have amateur models searching for experience and professional images to add to their portfolio, but you can even consider beauty schools or having a family member or friend be your model.

Find a Free Location to Shoot

The location is very important for your images. Even with a professional photographer, you don’t have to go to a pro studio or spend a lot of money to get a bunch of extra equipment. Instead, consider outdoor options. Natural lighting gives light, airy, beautiful images to show off all of your items. Places to consider would be public parks, the beach, or even your own home. Natural lighting is free!

Pick a Style and Get to Work

The next thing you need to do is decide on the style of images you want your photographer to capture. Going through magazines is a great way to find inspiration for your photographs. The best place to look are actually the advertisement pages for images that catch your eye. After all, images that showcase a product in a unique way is exactly what you want to do.

With a little planning and preparation, you can gather all of the people you need for a great photo shoot. It takes work but the savings you will find are worth it and the entire process can be rewarding at the same time.

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