How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo


A few months ago I was asked to organise another publicity shoot for up-and-coming band, White Eskimo. I’d photographed White Eskimo in the past on two separate occasions, once on location and another time in studio (see previous blog posts). However, this time it was requested that the shoot should be booked for the entire day, with the aim of producing both studio and location images on the same day.

In order to achieve this, careful planning and organisation was essential to keep the day running efficiently, so a crew of specialists was added to our call sheet, including an art director from the music distribution company, a hair stylist, a make-up artist, a clothing stylist, a ‘behind the scenes’ videographer/still photographer and a couple of general assistants. In addition, Band Manager, Yvette Fielding (former presenter of Blue Peter and presenter of Most Haunted) was also present to oversee that the shoot was going to plan.

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A call sheet is distributed to all members of the team and includes relevant details such as the time of the shoot, location, duration and the contact details of all team members.







Creating a good equipment list that ties in with the mood-board and brief is a key to success. The mood board is an essential visual aid, helping the entire team synchronise their aims and ideas with one common goal – to create a specific ‘look’ that suits the band’s target market. I use mood boards for virtually every shoot I do, as it serves to keep me mentally channelled, as well as help with stimulating ideas for style and technique.

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A mood board is a specific set of images (usually downloaded from the web by myself or the Art Director), which have been chosen for their style, the aim to help with stimulating ideas, both technical and aesthetic. Mood boards also help other team members pre-visualise the art director’s and photographer’s aims.

Organising a photo shoot that includes so many team members is a big responsibility, as well as a costly process, so planning is essential in order to eliminate the chances of anything going wrong and ensure the day results in a successful outcome. Photographic equipment can break down, so I always carry back up cameras as well as most other equipment, including flash gear.

Behind the scenes images are useful for publicity purposes, such as blogging, Tweeting and for use on other social media platforms. Below are shots of the team in action and an entire team group shot.


(Thanks to still photographer/videographer Terry Kane of Eyewitness images for the above photos) Click image for larger view.

Within days of completing the shoot, a national newspaper requested some of the key images, so an efficient workflow needs to continue right through to post-processing. This ensures that when you are suddenly faced with an unexpected picture request with a deadline that might be just a few hours away, you are able to respond immediately.

White Eskimo, Manchester

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Click here for – Official video for White Eskimo’s ‘100X’



One Response to “How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo”

  1. […] View the music video to White Eskimo’s previous track release, 100X here.  You can also see a more detailed post on planning a band shoot here. […]

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