Collaboration & Pre-Production are Key
For a commercial photo shoot to be successful, collaboration and pre-production are key. Aaron Wilson (owner), and Tricia at A&D were great to work with. We sat down, and thoroughly discussed the images that they were looking for, and how they might be used. We put together a full shot list, a prep-day plan, and a shoot-day timeline so that everyone would understand what was needed and what to expect. There was also a considerable amount of thought, and planning put into figuring out how to best capture their marquee shot: a photo that would show their whole team, most of their trucks, and much of their equipment.
Another big consideration for Aaron and A&D was minimizing they team's down-time. When they're not on the job, their customers aren't being served, and they're not making any money. We were going to need to stage their trucks, equipment, and pull the team away from jobs to make the photo shoot happen. Therefore, it became all that much more important for us to put together a solid production plan to make the best use of everyone's time, and to get the team back out on the job.
For those of you who might be considering enhancing your company's website by upgrading your images, strongly consider working with a photographer that will work with you and collaborate to determine the best photos and the right strategy to bring it altogether.
The Commercial Photo Shoot
I've put together a more comprehensive write-up on my A&D Hydra-Clean Photo Shoot which includes more about the planning, some behind the scenes (BTS) photos, and a selection of some of the final images. Again, if you're looking for a photographer, consider someone who will take the time to listen to your needs, and will work--well in advance of the shoot--to make sure everything comes together on the day of the shoot, so that you get the kind of images that will make a great first impression.