Your first Aerial Photoshoot: A Preparation Guide

Nothing demonstrates your aerial progress better than a photoshoot. Working with a photographer is a great way to capture your months or years of training until this moment. But when it comes to your first aerial photoshoot, knowing how to prepare can be daunting!

If you know me personally, or you follow my Instagram, you will likely know that I work with Katherine Elizabeth Photography. I assist on shoots, create content for her social media and basically cheer on those who may be nervous! Over time, I have seen the ups and downs of these shoots, and I’m not talking about the business perspective.

If you have never booked a shoot before, you may enter the studio with a whirlwind of ideas as to what it could be like, only to find yourself overwhelmed when things get started. This is completely normal, but it does help to get an idea of how to prepare yourself. With this in mind, here is a handy preparation guide to your first aerial shoot!

Share your time

Believe it or not, a 30-minute shoot on your own can be extremely exhausting. Not only are you hammering out move after move, but you’re going to be giving each move 110% per cent. Without breaking in between, you can find yourself fatigued very quickly, unable to hold other positions you want capturing.


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To combat this, many guys and dolls we have worked with choose to share an hour between them and take it in turns. By doing so, you are able to take a break between each move, touch up your makeup (those false eyelashes can be a nightmare) and prepare yourself for the next thing you would like to try.

Make a list of 10-15 moves

It is quite common for people to as us “I’ve planned 8 moves, will that be too much?” The answer is NO! You will be shocked how many moves you can nail in 30 minutes, so we always recommend planning 10-15. This can be the same move with different variations, or something different each time. And if you still manage to get through these moves with time leftover, don’t worry; keep reading to learn another trick we have to fill in time!

Allow time to warm up

In most cases, your time in front of the camera starts the moment you booked it. This means if you start at 12 pm and you still need to warm up, you will be cutting into your own time. Arrive early to give yourself time to warm up and stretch before you enter the studio.

Start with an ego boost

Now you have your moves and you are ready to shine, it’s important to learn what you should start with. You would naturally believe that it would help to start with the hardest and end on the easiest move, however, this isn’t quite the case. The problem with starting with the hardest is that if you can’t do nail it, it can set the mood for the rest of the shoot.


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So, where do you begin? I would always recommend you start with one or two moves that look cool, but you know you can definitely do. The moment you see how amazing it looks on camera, you will be pumped up and ready for the rest of the shoot!

Hardest to easiest

After you have nailed your ego-boost moves, you should then order your remaining moves from the most difficult to the easiest. Why? Because if you make the shoot more difficult as you go along, you will find it more tiring towards the end. This can be frustrating as certain difficult moves you can normally do may feel too strenuous. Don’t forget, holding a pose is a lot harder than simply getting it. Though we can get lucky with one perfect shot, you will benefit more from having more angles to choose from because you had the energy to hold it.

Third time may not be a charm

There are some moves that you could nail in class, but may not be as lucky with when it comes to crunch time. And this is perfectly fine! If after 3 attempts you just aren’t getting the move, don’t beat yourself up over it. Move on and perhaps you can try again later once you have finished your list. You will feel much better about your final images if you focus more on the moves you can do than the ones you are struggling with.

Filling in time

You know that trick we mentioned earlier to fill time? It’s quite simple! If you have completed your moves and you don’t know what to do next, simply pose away! We have a set selection of poses that we KNOW will make you look fierce. We are currently in the process of putting together a printed guide for people to flip through at shoots, but I will also have an article next week covering this, so stay tuned!

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Tips for shooting with Katherine Elizabeth

If you have taken the time to read this, there’s a good chance you have an upcoming shoot with Katherine Elizabeth. It may be your first or you simply want to be even more prepared than the last time! Either way, Kat has some handy tips for her shoots that will help you make the most of it.

  • Clothing – Black doesn’t always appear due to the black background, so unless it’s a small two-piece, you may want to choose colours or whites.
  • Pre-shoot clothing – If you arrive at the shoot in certain clothes, such as tight jeans or belts, you will likely have red marks on your skin. To avoid this, arrive wearing loose clothing.
  • Hair – Wearing it up will allow a clear view of the face and won’t get in the way of certain angles. Down can be nice for certain positions, but it can be fussy, so bear that in mind when deciding how to style it.
  • Water – drink plenty of water leading up to the shoot and get plenty of sleep for a wonderful glow!
  • Questions – If you need to know anything, do not be afraid to ask! Kat is happy to work around any particular requirements, sensitive elements and anything else that will make you feel at ease.

One final piece of advice…

When you get your final images back and you share them on Instagram with excitement, be sure to tag the photographer! They have worked hard to capture how amazing you are and would love to continue doing so. By letting the world know who took that photo, you’d be saying thank you in the best way!

2 Replies to “Your first Aerial Photoshoot: A Preparation Guide”

  1. This is great advice! I have a photoshoot coming up in February with Dan HB so it’s great to read advice from the other side of the camera. I hope I get to do a photoshoot with you both in the future, those shots are beautiful and I know you’re a fantastic hype-woman <3

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m sure you will absolutely smash it at your shoot and I would LOVE to shoot with you one day!

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