I find it very helpful to create a list of ideas to bring with me on shoots, especially when I'm not working with an art director's needs. This list can be as basic as photograph the person doing something in the home, photograph the person outside in the garden, close up of their face, close up of their smile, and so on.
The point is you as a photographer have a plan and don't have to scramble for ideas while on the shoot. This process is especially important for beginners who may feel uncomfortable directing subjects to do different things for the camera. When you have a list in hand, you can just be checking things off, as if you own this shoot and you're following your notes. This is fake it till you make it school, people!
If you start working as a paid photographer, you'll have this part of the process down — working to an art director's specs and you'll have a way of planning out creative, alternate points of view while on the job.
Have you made yourself a shot list before? Or been handed one by someone else? How has it helped you?
xoxo, Leela the Photo Magician
And remember to check out last week's SUPER PHOTO MAGIC SCHOOL post: Finding Photography Inspiration.
(illustration: Leela Cyd Ross)