6 TIPS FOR SHOOTING BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind the scenes

February 6, 2021

I am a photographer based in the Leiden area. Behind the scenes photography is not an easy task. Getting the right moments, being at the right spot, and not interrupting the artist and his/her crew is definitely a skill.

It is a totally different way of working compared to a family portrait photography or cake smash. But if you have never done it I definitely recommend you to do it, it is fun.

Behind the scene of Pagawisha (Wendy Kimani). Photography: Alena Masselink photography

Here are some tips that can be handy before your first behind the scenes photoshoot:

1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF

It is not just about introducing yourself. Make sure that everybody in the room knows you are there. Ask where you are allowed to walk, when will be the important moments, if they have any wishes regarding the photos.

2. DON’T BE INVISIBLE

When I was shooting my first behind the scene photos, I was so worried not to get into the scene, or not to interrupt anyone. After a while, I decided to step up and get out of my corner and take some more shots. That was the best decision I could have made. 

For sure you need to know your place and not to be all over the place but please do not stand in the corner. Your photos will be used not only presenting the behind the scenes but can also be used for promotional purposes of the song and the artist, so you really need also very good photos of the artist.

3. MOVE FAST

You need to be at the right time at the right place. The perfect angle is crucial. 

4. FORGET PERFECTION

Please have in mind that it is sometimes better to have not the perfect photo but the “perfect moment” photo. You want to take photos of the artist and the crew in action. You might not have enough space to move around or there might be people in your way or their gear. Do not worry, just get the moment.

5. ASK PERMISSION

Before you start to shoot, make sure everybody agrees you can take photos of them. Most likely these photos will be used for some promo online and they all need to agree to it. If some of the crew members do not agree, do not take photos of them otherwise the photos won’t be possible to use.

6. DELIVER THE PHOTOS ON TIME

Agree with the artist when the photos have to be ready. One of my most important things is to deliver my work on time. People will trust you and will like to work with you again.

Cover photo of Pagawisha song (Wendy Kimani) by Alena Masselink photography

You can check out the final video of Pagawisha here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfw05QX1nTs

Please do not use my images without my permission. You can always contact me if you have any questions.

https://madebyalena.com

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