What Is A Location Fashion Shoot REALLY Like? Part 1

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

Tear sheet from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

The common perception of a fashion shot on location is beautiful models in fabulous locations, but that is not the whole story, and maybe not entirely the real story as you will see in this video.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video above.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

Join Melissa Rodwell on a location shoot in Dubai for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. If you are doing fashion photography for a high dollar client there is lots of planning, location scouting, meetings, passing on some great locations that don’t fit the story, and more planning. As you watch this all play out, some of might seem kind of – well – boring. But it is all essential to a great shoot.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

And at first glance some of the locations may not end up being quite as fabulous as you expected (except for the camel). Certainly nothing like the gorgeous tropical beaches of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot. Or maybe professional photographers see potential in some ordinary looking locations that the average person doesn’t see.

Tear sheet from Harper's Bazaar Arabia. Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photoTear sheet from Harper's Bazaar Arabia. Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

Tear sheet from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video below.

When you get to the actual photo shoot you have an opportunity to see how reflectors are used to bounce light back into the model’s face to¬† tame the lighting contrast when shooting in the sun.

I bet as you are watching this video you are tempted to skip to the end to see how it all turns out. This is your chance to see how a lot of hard work comes together to get the final results.

If you have a good internet connection, I suggest you click on the Vimeo button on the lower right corner to see this video in a larger version.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video above.

Photo by Melissa Rodwell from the photo shoot featured in the video above.

Links

What Is A Location Fashion Shoot REALLY Like? Part 2

Melissa Rodwell – Fashion Photographer

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Final images from the Prince of Persia photo shoot.