Before I had even reached a thorough understanding of what lifestyle photography was about, John Schell’s BTS footage of him walking us through a typical shoot was my first exposure to the stuff you don’t typically see unless you’re fortunate enough to be on set. At the beginning, it’s very simple to get drawn into all the technical intricacies of shooting and loosing sight of the fact that the entire experience should at the very minimum be fun. To me there’s no other way.
Like John said, if the end product comes across as seeming like it was fun, then I have no doubt it was because that very natural and carefree human reaction can only be faked for so long if the people involved weren’t truly having a blast. How you get to that happy place will depend largely in your vibe, in your ability to carry on an engaging conversation with someone as you're shooting and if you happen to be in a controlled environment like a studio, I can’t imagine shooting without music. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be my preferred taste. I’ll let the model choose what they want as long as it’s likely to get them in a joyful mood which is why I always carry one of these badboys with me all the time. Nothing fancy but it gets the work done: Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth
Having fun on a photo shoot is a lot like the settings on your camera. You don’t just set it and forget it all the time. It’s something you meddle with until you’re obtaining what you hope out of it and the secret sauce to all that is having fun.