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Hey you! I’ve been busy the past few weeks trying to think of great things to write about on the blog. I definitely want to share more creative and client work, as well as share a little bit about my process. Today I’m sharing how to create a storyboard for photoshoots!

What is a Storyboard?

A storyboard is a visual organization of the photoshoot. It shows the flow of the images and day, from beginning to end. In editorial photography, this can be very important in telling a narrative. In product photography, this is important because it helps you stay organized and know exactly what the plan is. This helps things go smoothly. It also helps you stay true to you + your client’s vision for the shoot!

Today I’ll be sharing my simple method, and what a storyboard looks like for me. Depending who you work with, theirs might look a bit different! I also anticipate mine to improve and evolve in the future. But for now, this is what works best for me!

The Logistics of a Storyboard

Logistically, a storyboard for me is a plan. It lists all the important information I need, and how the photoshoot will flow from one phase to another. Usually my storyboards are a couple pages long, because it includes shot inspiration, artistic inspiration, etc! But here’s a consolidated version of one I created a few months ago for a shoot!

On the first page, I write down important details such as the date, time, location, prop list, and vendors involved (models, makeup artists, etc). Technically, this isn’t as much of a storyboard as it is a call sheet. This page contains all the information that every person on the team needs to know. This way, I can send this document to everyone, and everyone will be on the same page. After the first page, I move into the storyboard.

As you can see, the second page moves more into the storyboard! I include the overall schedule, including the shots and wardrobe that we’ll be transitioning into throughout the shoot.

This photoshoot example was a basic lifestyle shoot for a company, so there isn’t a strong narrative throughout. However, we did create 4 different looks and environments to get as much variety as possible for marketing purposes. Depending on what you are shooting, you can make this section as narrative focused or as complicated or as simple as you’d like. For this shoot, creating a storyboard helped me anticipate things like how long it will take to move in between locations, how long it will take to change and touch up hair, etc. It also provided visual inspiration of images that matched the mood, posing, and feel we were going for.

Those are essentially the basics of creating a storyboard! It can be as intricate or simple as it needs to be.

Create Your Own with a Free Template!

Are you ready to create your first storyboard, but don’t know where to start? I’ve got you!

I put together a free template that you can customize with your own text and branding. If you know the basics of Adobe Photoshop (like using text, layers, and filling color of a shape), it’s easy to fill out!

To get this free template, click here!

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out – comment below or contact me here, I’d love to chat!

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