Some people might think that I just show up to a shoot, get the shots and deliver them. If only my job were that easy. In reality, a photo or video shoot is much more involved than this. Here are some of the things that go into a shoot when working with Chris Mabey Photography:

  • Initial contact with client to get an idea of what they are looking for
  • Crafting how we will tell the story. How many images it will take, what kind of images, and if we need video.
  • Create a list of essential shots, this shot list will be much more detailed if we are shooting video.
  • Location scout online and in person to determine what shots will happen at each location.
  • Arrange for an assistant if necessary
  • Coordinate shooting schedule with athletes/talent in the shoot.
  • Arrange for an assistant.
  • Write a call sheet of the shooting schedule and distribute it to everyone involved in the shoot.
  • Make an equipment checklist for the shoot
  • Check the weather on the days leading up to the shoot and reschedule if necessary.
  • Confirm schedule with everyone 24 hours in advance

We are almost ready for the actual shoot. On a one day or half day shoot the pre-production time is usually more than the shoot itself. 

Some of the equipment that goes into a typical shoot.

Some of the equipment that goes into a typical shoot.

The night before the shoot:

  • Get all the cameras, lenses, filters, lighting equipment, and sound equipment together.
  • Clean lenses and filters
  • Charge batteries
  • Format memory cards
  • Pack the gear into bags

Finally the day of the shoot:

  • Double check equipment list
  • Check directions and weather
  • Review the goals of the shoot and the shot list
  • Make sure to get to the shoot location early with my assistant

Now its time to make some awesome content shooting stills and video.

After the shoot:

  • Download all the memory cards
  • Backup all the content
  • For a photo shoot:
    • Catalog and keyword all photos
    • Cull the photos down to the "keepers"
    • Make preliminary edits
    • Send proofs to the client so they can select which photos they want to license
    • Make final edits on the proofs
    • Deliver images to the client
  • For video:
    • Organize all the content within the project
    • Cut the interview or voice-over content together
    • Make preliminary cut of the video and send it to the client for approval
    • Work on any changes the client wants
    • Apply any transitions or additional titles
    • Adjust audio levels
    • Send this more final cut to the client for approval before the final color grade
    • Once the client gives approval the video will be color graded to give it that polished look.
    • Deliver final video to the client in the desired format

The whole reason I go through such a detailed process is to ensure that whoever it is I work with gets amazing visuals from my shoots.