Week 3 – Author Editorial Shoot

You are being commissioned to photograph an author for a magazine cover and editorial spread. The author is being profiled and the images will be used in the main spread that will run 5-6 pages. The editor is calling for at least two setups, preferably 3. This concept-driven shoot will be based on an idea that is developed by the photographer in collaboration with the author and should reflect not only some of the author’s personality, work and personal style. An image that would be suitable for a cover would be culled from the shoot and the image should be composed to accommodate the banner and slugs.

The editor is looking for images that move beyond the cliche author photograph. They want something special that reveals the personality of the author. “Make photographs that would inspire the viewer to pick up the authors book” Again. no cliche – e.g. writing at a desk or a computer, reading a book, etc. 

Find out as much as you can about the author and see how you can come up with a concept that is reflective of that knowledge. You don’t just have to photograph them at their home, it could be at a location which fits your vision.

Each team will be provided contact information with each author to coordinate the details of the shoot and the concept. The photographer will need to negotiate the terms of usage of the images both for the photographer and the author. The author may desire some restrictions. These terms should be reflected in the model release. In consideration of the time that each author is providing the team, the author should receive a selection of images for use for their self promotion.

The production might include a stylist, hair and make-up person depending on the concept of the shoot.

If the team is unable to coordinate with the author that they are initially connected with, the DRM should contact the instructor to arrange for another subject to be provided for them.

The budget for the shoot is $750 plus $250 for production expenses. The license is first time usage right for print and web with a 1 year embargo. JPEGs should be delivered via Dropbox by October 6th at 6pm.

Due Next Week:

  • Draft of production book
  • Presentation by team on the editorial shoot.
  • 2 or more images from the personal project (send to instructor by September 28th at 6pm).


Personal Project Inspirations


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