Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing your Shoot

Oct 2 2019

by Kate Thornton

The Southern Coterie blog: "Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing Your Shoot" by Kate Thornton (photo: Kate Thornton for Artist Collective)
photo by Kate Thornton for Allison Williamson, Artist Collective

I could not be more passionate about collaborating with others to bring stories and ideas to life through photography. I’ve been photographing for magazines, newspapers and small and large business for several years, and I’m excited to bring some of that knowledge to you. Below are my tips on hiring a photographer and maximizing your photoshoot. 

It all starts with a phone conversation so you can express your goals for the photos.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing Your Shoot" by Kate Thornton (photo: Kate Thornton for Artist Collective)

Before the Shoot

Discuss your ideas with the photographer and fill them in on your goals for the photos. They have the experience to help you select locations and lighting to achieve the look you envision. 

The Southern Coterie blog: "Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing Your Shoot" by Kate Thornton (photo: Kate Thornton for Artist Collective)

The Day of the Shoot

Have an itinerary written out with locations, phone numbers, and a list of shots you want to capture. Communicate to your photographer how you plan to use the photos. 

The Southern Coterie blog: "Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing Your Shoot" by Kate Thornton (photo: Kate Thornton for Artist Collective)

Photoshoot Expectations

Be sure to discuss what’s included in your photographer’s creative fee and/or day rate. Some photographers also offer a half-day rate.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Hiring a Photographer + Maximizing Your Shoot" by Kate Thornton (photo: Kate Thornton for Artist Collective)

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Kate Thornton has a deep appreciation for art, design, and craftsmanship. Whatever her subject, she can hone in on the creativity and spark, finding beauty in every shot. Working with Kate feels easy and natural. She has a calm, unassuming demeanor, making her comfortable and confident in her work.

Collaborating with clients before each shoot to plan every detail, Kate brings an element of organization and professionalism to the job. She meticulously plans ahead, allowing her to relax behind the camera knowing that everything is in place.

Visual from an early age, Kate has always been drawn to the photos in glossy magazines, taking in the trends and studying the lighting. She credits her grandmother for helping to nurture that artistic eye. One of her most treasured items, a painting given to her by her grandmother when she was just 8 years old, still hangs prominently on the living room wall. Her family filled their homes with local artwork, picking up original pieces wherever they traveled.

At home, Kate and husband Chris immerse themselves in the lives of their two young daughters, spending family time at the beach, initiating impromptu dance parties, and creating sidewalk chalk masterpieces. It is this authentic freedom at home and work that defines her and her photography.

Kate and her family live in Charleston, S.C.

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