Crazy Photo Shoot Ideas

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Crazy Photo Shoot Ideas
Water can make a photo shoot more dramatic. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

For photographers, the novelty of photo shoots can wear off after a while. When you do the same shoot many times, it can be difficult to find creative inspiration. To spice up your work and provide a new outlet, try a crazy photo shoot that uses unexpected elements or new settings.


Water makes photos more dramatic, particularly if you combine it with lighting. For a shoot that will be different every time, try a variety of water settings. Have your subjects run along the beach, submerge up to their neck, or play on boats or water toys. This is particularly effective with formal clothing because it is not often worn in water. In shallower water, you can capture action shots: running or playing sports, for example. Capture the reflections, the action and the way the light shines through the droplets. You can also flood a room or take unusual underwater shots in a pool.


Trampoline shots can be dramatic and crazy as people jump higher than they can on the ground. Shoot them against the sky, so it looks like they are flying, or aim from below for an unusual angle. Trampoline photos are particularly effective when the wind is blowing or your subjects are wearing flowing clothing, because the extra motion will add to the effect. If you are shooting photos that are normally posed and formal, like a wedding party, the trampoline effect can be extra striking.

Extreme Weather

When extreme weather motivates other people head inside, head outside to get unexpected photos. Choose the most extreme weather within safety and hardy models, and take pictures that contrast the subject with the weather: a model in a strapless dress in a blizzard, for example, or people calmly walking hand in hand during a windstorm. You can also capture people stomping through puddles on a rainy day.

Dirt and Mud

In most photo shoots, the subjects aim to look their best, dressing up in their finest hair and clothing. Take a different tactic to get creative photographs by going with a photo shoot in a dirty, muddy setting. Dress your models up in formal dresses, and let them run through the woods or sit in a muddy field. By getting your models out of traditional settings, you can inspire them to act more naturally or playfully.

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