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A Quick Guide to Understanding Your Personal Branding Shoot Timeline

Updated: Jul 12

You’ve finally booked your personal branding shoot and you want to plan appropriately, which is why we’ve created this guide on what you can expect.

While every photographer works slightly differently, this will give you an idea of what you should prepare and how long you can expect to wait for your images.

- The Brainstorm. Once you book your personal branding session, you will need to spend a few days brainstorming – if you haven’t already, that is. Brainstorming is necessary because it helps you define the goals for your shoot. It also ensures your photographer understands what you want to achieve. Your photographer might even send you a quick questionnaire after you pay your deposit to help with this process. To be safe, give yourself at least two weeks for this process.

- The Specifics. Next is finalizing the details for your shoot. These details will fit in with the theme you’ve decided on for your shoot. This includes finding the ideal location, setting a time for your session, creating a shot list, and deciding on props if you choose to use any. This generally takes place around 2 weeks before your personal branding session.

- The Finer Details. The week before your session is when you should finalize your outfit, hair, and makeup. You can choose to have your hair cut and styled a few days prior to the shoot, or you can hire a professional hair and makeup artist for the day. It’s essential not to select an outfit the morning of your session. Know what you want to wear ahead of time. This way, you’re sure you will look and feel good, which will shine through in your images.

- The Day After Your Shoot. Now that your shoot is done, you will need to wait for your photographer to sort through and edit your images before they can be sent to you. You should expect this to take between two and four weeks, depending on how busy your photographer is. Keep in mind that the more photos you’ve requested, the longer they will take to process. If you ask for additional edits, you will need to be patient with that too.

If you haven’t yet booked your personal branding shoot, opt for off-season months, if possible, otherwise, you may need to wait a little longer to book the photographer you have in mind.

If this is the year you want to exceed your sales numbers, it’s the right time to schedule a personal branding photo and video session consultation.

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