🗝 The Keys 🔑
In no particular order I will go through some of things I thing are essential to a successful kitesurfing photoshoot aside from being an awesome kitesurfer.
Before a kitesurfing photo shoot
Going online and checking out some kitesurfing, snowboarding, wake boarding and surfing images can be a great way to get an idea of what images you want or your sponsor might need. I have found that if you are sponsored by a kite company they are obviously going to want photos of you and your kite so keep in mind your kite position is it going to be visible? If it isn’t in the frame even though it’s a great shot they might not want to share it. If you are sponsored by a kite store their logo on your tee, hat or on your board is important to them, so get it in as many shots as possible. Finally your face as a sponsored rider your face is your brand, so get it in as many shots as possible.
Also not all of your photos need to be of you on the water, sponsors often love beach photos of you with their gear, not as exciting but these are often shared widely on social media so getting good beach shots is also something to consider.
This seems common sense but often when you hit the water we get really focused on our tricks and forget about how they might be looking in camera. So it is important to communicate (and communicate Well). I try to meet up with clients before I do a shoot but this often doesn’t work with clients busy schedules. So come to the shoot early and take the time to chat to your photographer. The more they know about your goals and strengths, the better they can Taylor the shoot to suit your unique goals and strengths. As I am often in the water close to or on the line you are kiting stop regularly to see how your shots are looking, I can often suggest changes to your technique to improve a photo or direct you towards different tricks that my produce better images. So checkin regularly with your photographer it’s easy and really helps!
With good communication I should know what tricks you are planning to do next and where you are going to do them. Getting the perfect shot is all about timing, and unhooked freestyle tricks are very fast, so giving me as much information as possible can make getting the timing right and increase the number of great shots we create in a session, which is both of our goals.
Firstly where bight colours, a hat, a favourite t’shirt over your wetsuit whatever, just make sure you are happy with how you look I can’t fix that in photoshop. You don’t want to blend into the background, so avoid blue, grey and black excessively.
Secondly be brave choose an interesting location in Western Australia there are heaps so be creative. Also on the location keep in mind other kiters, having their kites in the background can spoil an image and a crowded spot can limit the amount of clean passes you may get past the camera.
Keeping an eye on the weather is always a good thing. Finding a day where theres clouds in the sky can really make a difference between a pretty normal blue sky image; over a dramatic stormy image. Of course, this is nature at work and things most likely wont go to plan – but just get out there and give it your best. If it doesn’t work; try again. and again. and again. and again…
Shoot me any feedback in the comments below, this is a work in progress. Yeeeoow!✌🏼