So I’ve been working on the storyboard for an upcoming shoot and I realized that I never really did blog about how I put the Summer Solstice shoot together. It’s late but here it is anyway. Here’s the storyboard that was sent to everyone involved weeks ahead of the shoot. Because of this, everyone knew what they were supposed to do and how much time is alloted for each particular action item.

There’s a page dedicated to sample poses and expressions that I wanted so Emily knew what kind of character she’s supposed to get into. Of course it helped that we specifically picked Emily because her portfolio had the same poses and expressions as the ones in our mood board.

Each look and outfit has been pre-assembled beforehand. We pretty much knew what top goes with what bottom and what accessories goes with each outfit. Though we switched a few things around right before the shoot since the change of shoot dates led to the forfeiting of several accessories we pulled, we did not spend time putting outfits together from a big rack of clothes and a big suitcase of accessories.

Each outfit had a particular theme or idea behind it so the makeup artist/hair stylist knew what to do for each set. Because of scheduling conflict/change (which moved the shoot a month later than the original shoot date), because Daisy came on board two weeks before the actual shoot and she had a different idea how which look should go first based on the makeup requirements.

We had an itinerary during the shoot. One hour preliminary makeup, twenty minutes of shooting each look, ten minutes of touch-ups in between wardrobe changes, and an hour lunch. P-L-E-N-T-Y of time. No one was under pressure, no one was figuring things out during the shoot, we just showed up and did our thing. We actually did go about fifteen minutes over the alloted time because we were finishing sets early and had time to play around.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the pages from the storyboard. It’s relatively simple because it’s set in studio with a plain paper backdrop and with only one model.

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Simple and mundane but it works. Surprisingly well.

Check out the final version at

Of course the one for the upcoming “Uptown Girls” shoot is a lot more complicated…like ten times more complicated since it will involve two models, nine locations all over LA, two stylists, and two hair/makeup artists. A ton of work beforehand but it’s necessary to have an organized, stress-free, and productive shoot. Stay tuned.

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I like film photography, K-pop, and yogurt soju.

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