Three Steps to a Successful Commercial Los Angeles Shoot


Commercial shoots tend to have a lot moving parts to them. There’s shot lists, organization, and making sure that all parties on board are on the same page. Here are three things that will help you have a successful shoot.

Get It In Writing

Contracts are a vital part of any shoot where you’re trading services for monetary value. Contracts outline the scope of the project, from who you’re working with, to how you plan to get paid, to when you plan to deliver the photos and how. By having a contract, both you and the client know exactly when everything is supposed to happen and can start the project together on the same page.


Shot Lists Are Wonderful

Shot lists are beautiful things. These are the deliverables that you plan on giving to the client on completing the shoot and all the edits. The list includes details such as framing, location, subject matter, and priority. Shot lists keep you on time as you work throughout the shoot.


Follow Up

Following up with the client after the shoot is a great way to keep the relationship going after photos and funds have been exchanged. Not only does this show that you care about the client’s priorities after submitting the work, it reminds them of the value you have given them after shooting.

Wrapping Up

By having all your plans documented, organizing your shots so you know what’s been shot when, and following up with your client, you can create an environment that is conductive to a successful shoot, whether it’s in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City or Washington, DC.