Her Campus DESU Board
In preparation for Her Week (a week of events to promote our Chapter on campus), the executive board of Her Campus at DESU decided to do what most boards do to create buzz for their upcoming academic year. The only problem? Our photographer canceled at the last minute. So, like any other person would, we definitely freaked out, and complained, before putting our heads together about what we could do to fix this. At the end of the day, we only had 2 options: to not do a photoshoot and risk ruining our amazing plans for Her Week, or put on our big girl pants and do it ourselves.
So here’s the un(official) Her Campus guide on how to do your own photoshoot with your friends.
- Have time to get ready.
I know that we all think that we can get dressed and finish our hair and makeup in 60 minutes but…let’s be real: we can’t. Start getting ready as soon as you can! Even if it’s hours ahead of time — it’s not a crime to wrap your curls and let your setting powder sit while you run errands or do homework.
During our shoot day, a couple of us were late because we were STILL getting ready hours later (and by us, I mean me). Due to the late start, we ran late, we got hungry, and we got tired. Once you’re tired, it shows. Nevertheless, we stayed positive and got it done.
– Dapria Fell
- Start early!
Be sure to get an early start for your photoshoot. You never know exactly how long it will take to successfully capture your creative vision on camera, so it helps a ton to give yourself and your team enough time so location and outfit changes can happen way before everyone gets antsy.
– Tamia Gregory
- Scope out the best location.
All great photoshoots require great locations. The location sets the vibe and plays an important role in storytelling. Our original spot for the shoot was the library, but that plan quickly dissolved once we realized there was nearly no crevice left untouched in our school library on a Thursday evening.
Eventually, we chose the most aesthetically pleasing building on campus: the OSCAR building, its walls built with transparent and reflective glass, where students study optometry. The building has conference rooms where we could look professional in our super casual outfits. (When you see the pictures, you’ll understand!)
- It’s a team effort.
Being as though we were all flustered and a little nervous about having to do this whole project by ourselves, it really was a team effort to get everything done. The entire board played creative director, editor, photographer, and model, all while trying to get behind-the-scenes content. Having a team where everyone can lean on one another and know that where you lack someone can pick up is what takes the stress out of the situation. Instead, it seems more like a fun group project with friends.
– Alaysia Gregory
- Bring snacks!
Again, because you never know how long the shoot will take, don’t leave the snacks behind! When you’re not the one in front of the camera and waiting for things to wrap up, time can feel like it drags along, especially when the only thing on your mind is the bag of pizza rolls you have in your mini fridge. Trust, you’re really not yourself when you’re hungry.
- Keep a positive attitude.
Try your best to stay positive! A good mindset leads to a good outcome. It’s really easy to feel thrown off your game and panic when your plans don’t go your way. But, we couldn’t not have a board shoot, so the only real option was squeezing into our big girl pants (no matter how tight!). We got to work, motivated one another through poses, and complained only a little bit. We had to remind ourselves that it would all work out in the end and that this would be the perfect experience to write about…
– Ciani Johnson
- Get creative.
Last but definitely not least, get creative! With the responsibility being dropped in your lap with limited time, you have to work with what you have and start with what you know. After the venting session, we rushed to Walmart to buy some lights to add to our DIY photography set.
Although it was a team effort, as the main photographer the pressure was on to bring our vision to life. I had to utilize the skills I taught myself from past photoshoots and trust that they would present themselves in the finished production.
During this process, we were completely stressed out, as you can imagine, but it was important that we remained patient and felt confident that we knew what we were doing.
– Tori Lofton