When Things go WRONG at a Photoshoot

Welcome to our blog, where we dive into the juicy and often hilarious world of photography mishaps. From wardrobe malfunctions to equipment failures, we explore the moments when everything doesn’t go according to plan at a photoshoot. Whether you’re a professional photographer, an aspiring model, or simply someone who loves a good laugh, this blog is your backstage pass to the imperfect side of the glamorous world of photography. Join us as we share tales of epic fails, behind-the-scenes bloopers, and the unexpected twists that make each photoshoot an adventure. Get ready to laugh, cringe, and learn from the misfortunes that turn these snafus into unforgettable memories.

When Things Go Wrong at a Photoshoot


Hey everyone, in today’s article, I want to talk to you about all the things that have gone wrong for me at photoshoots and what you can do to avoid them. Planning a photoshoot isn’t always smooth sailing, and I’ve had my fair share of challenges in the past. So, let’s dive right in.

People Canceling on Me

One of the most frustrating things that can happen is having people cancel on you. Models, makeup artists, stylists – I’ve had them all cancel at some point. To minimize this, I started working with modeling agencies. The level of professionalism and the fact that agencies can provide replacements if someone cancels has significantly reduced my cancellations.

Planning Too Far in Advance

Another reason for cancellations is planning too far in advance. I’ve found that I get fewer cancellations when I plan shoots for the near future, like a week or two in advance. When you plan too far ahead, people might have other commitments, forget the shoot date, or have to reschedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Try to plan your shoots as soon as possible to avoid these issues.

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

When working with a large team, finding a date that works for everyone can be challenging. To simplify this, I prefer to keep my shoots as simple as possible, usually just me, the model, and a makeup artist. With a smaller team, it’s easier to find a date that works for everyone, allowing for more frequent shoots. However, working with a large team can still be a great way to be creative and meet new people.

Location Challenges

Sometimes, you plan a location for a shoot, but it doesn’t turn out as expected. The lighting might not be right, there may be too many people, or an event happening. In such cases, I improvise. I ask the team and people around if they know any cool nearby spots or use Google Maps to find alternative locations. If all else fails, I make the most of the available area, finding different angles or elements to shoot.

Dealing with Harsh Sunlight

Timing plays a crucial role in photoshoots, especially when dealing with sunlight. Shooting in harsh sunlight can be challenging, but it’s not always avoidable. For personal test shoots, I started planning them for the afternoon to get better lighting conditions. When shooting for clients, I try to balance indoor and outdoor locations, shooting outdoors in the morning and moving indoors as the sunlight gets harsher. When working with harsh sunlight, shooting backlit or finding shade can help create more flattering images.


No matter how well you plan a photoshoot, unexpected challenges can arise. By being prepared and adaptable, you can overcome most hurdles. Remember, even when things go wrong, it’s an opportunity to learn and grow as a photographer. So keep shooting and enjoy the process!

Frequently Asked Questions – When Things go WRONG at a Photoshoot

1. What should I do if the weather suddenly changes during a photoshoot?

If the weather takes an unexpected turn, try to make the most of it! Embrace the new lighting conditions, get creative with indoor shots, or find alternative shooting locations nearby. Remember, sometimes the best shots come from unexpected situations!

2. My camera battery died in the middle of a shoot, what should I do?

Always carry spare batteries and make sure they are fully charged before your photoshoot. However, if your battery dies unexpectedly, try borrowing one from another photographer if available. In a pinch, you can also continue shooting with your smartphone until you can recharge or replace the battery.

3. The model is feeling uncomfortable or posing awkwardly, what should I do?

Building good rapport with your models is crucial. Take some time to communicate, understand their body language, and try to make them feel at ease. Provide clear instructions and feedback throughout the shoot, and demonstrate poses or expressions yourself if needed. Creating a relaxed atmosphere will help them feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

4. I accidentally deleted some important photos from my memory card, what can I do to recover them?

Stop using the memory card immediately to prevent any new data from overwriting the deleted photos. Use a reliable data recovery software or take the memory card to a professional to recover the deleted files. Remember to regularly back up your photos to prevent data loss in the future.

5. How do I handle equipment malfunctions during a shoot?

Firstly, try to troubleshoot the issue and see if there’s a quick fix. If not, have backup equipment readily available to continue shooting seamlessly. If you don’t have replacements with you, be prepared to adapt and work with what you have. Don’t let equipment failures discourage you, as creative problem-solving can often lead to unique and amazing results.

Remember, challenges are a part of any creative process, and photoshoots are no different. Embrace the unexpected and use your resourcefulness and creativity to overcome any obstacles that come your way!

I hope you find useful my article When Things go WRONG at a Photoshoot, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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