Virtual Photoshoots: Your Guide to High-Quality Remote Photography

As a professional photographer, I have seen the rise of virtual, also called remote photoshoots, in the past year. Remote photography has become popular, particularly with multi-national companies and remote team members.

In this guide, I will share with you everything you need to know about virtual photoshoots, including the benefits, the required equipment, how to set up a virtual photoshoot, and more.

Introduction to Virtual Photoshoots

Virtual photoshoots are a new way of capturing images without leaving home or office. They are remote photoshoots that take place using a FREE proprietary application on your smartphone. 

The photographer directs the shoot from their end while you pose in front of the smartphone camera. The images are then edited and delivered to you digitally.

The Benefits of Virtual Photoshoots

Virtual photoshoots come with several benefits. 

  • You can have a professional photoshoot without leaving your home or office. 
  • Virtual photoshoots are convenient. You can schedule a shoot at a time that works for you, and you don’t have to worry about time to commute to a studio. 
  • Make an appointment with your photographer that is convenient and fits your schedule.
  • The photos are studio-quality, and you can create an environment that fits your brand.

Categories of Photography That Can Be Done Virtually

Several categories of photography can be done virtually. 

These include:

Headshots and Portraits

Headshots and portraits are one of the most popular types of virtual photoshoots. They can be done for personal or professional reasons and are a great way to capture your personality or create a professional image for your business.


This is a significant opportunity to create a portfolio you will use throughout your marketing strategy. It reflects the company and who you are.


Product photography can be done remotely as well. This is an excellent option for e-commerce businesses that need high-quality product images.

Equipment Needed for a Virtual Photoshoot

To have a successful virtual photoshoot, you will need specific equipment. This includes:

  • An iPhone 8 or more current and Android. 
  • Eye-level tripod. A tripod is essential to keep your camera steady during the shoot. 
  • Good lighting is necessary for high-quality photos. You can use natural light or artificial lighting to achieve the desired effect. The photographer can also use the smartphone light to fill shadows.
  • The background is important to create a clean and professional look. You can use a blank wall, a sheet, or a professional backdrop.
    • Backgrounds can be easily replaced if the photo is taken on a blank wall.

Preparing for a Virtual Photoshoot the Day of the Shoot

  • Ensure you have a good internet connection to prevent the video from lagging or freezing. 
  • Make sure you have a good smartphone. 
  • Set up your eye-level tripod to avoid blur and out-of-focus photos. 
  • Prepare your outfit and any props you may need. You want to ensure you have everything you need before the shoot starts.
  • Set up your camera and lighting positioned in front of your preferred background. 
  • Once you are ready, your photographer will direct the shoot from their end. They will tell you how to pose and where to look. 

Reviewing and Selecting Your Virtual Photos

During the shoot, your photographer will show you select photos on the smartphone. Take the time to review the images and choose the one(s) you like best.

Edits take place after the shoot and can be delivered within 45 minutes.

How to Communicate Effectively During a Virtual Photoshoot

Effective communication is key during a virtual photoshoot. Ensure a good internet connection enable you to hear your photographer clearly. 

Listen to their instructions and ask questions if you need clarification on something. 

Remember to smile or not if that’s you and have fun during the shoot.

Choosing the Right Photographer for Your Virtual Photoshoot

Choosing the right photographer is vital for a successful virtual photoshoot. You want to make sure you choose someone with remote photoshoot experience and who can deliver high-quality images. 

Look at the photographer’s portfolio and read reviews from past clients. This will give you an idea of their style and expertise.


Virtual photoshoots are a great way to capture your image without leaving home. They are convenient and easy to set up. 

Whether you need headshots or a branding portfolio, a virtual photoshoot can provide high-quality images. When you prepare correctly, choose the right photographer, and communicate effectively during the shoot, you’ll be delighted with the results. Enjoy the process! Linda