These days every body wants to be a model, and everybody believes they are a model even after 1 low-budget amateur photo shoot, so, since we all want to be models, here’s a few tips of things you should do before a shoot.
Please ensure that your hair is clean and dry. Your hair must be styled before you get to the studio, unless otherwise stated by the photographer.
2. Body hair
Waxing must be done at least 1 week to 3 days before the shoot.
Shaving of legs & under arms must be done the day before the shoot.
If you are doing a lingerie or bikini shoot, please ensure that the bikini area is shaved or waxed. Really now, there is nothing worse than doing a lingerie shoot with hair sticking out of the sides of your bottoms.
3. Facial hair
Many wone don’t realise that the shape of their brows visually impact the look of your nose. pluck them too wide in the middle and your nose looks huge, pluck too little and you might develop a unibrow. Having great brows that frame your eyes give your face definition and strength. You cannot do a glamorous makeup look if your brows are the size and shape of caterpillars.
And for goodness sake don’t over pluck those brows. Highly plucked brows do not make you look younger.
Shaping of the brows (plucking or waxing) should be done at least 1 week to 3 days before your photo shoot.
4. Skin treatments
If you are considering having a facial done before your shoot, please do so at least 3 days before the shoot. Most of the times some facial products cause breakouts and by doing the facial 3 days before the shoot you can counteract most breakouts.
You must moisturizer your face and body before the photo shoot. So get a lovely rich body cream or body butter and start moisturising your skin. There is nothing worse than dry skin on a photo shoot. Also take the moisturizer with you to the photo shoot so you can apply it before you start shooting.
As for face moisturisastion, if a makeup artist has been arranged, please ensure that your face is washed and all leftover makeup is removed, this includes all mascara and left over eye pecil marks. Please use a good face moisturiser at least 30 minutes before you reach the studio. Yes we girls don’t like travelling anywhere with bare faces, but you have to bite the bullet for a bit, put on sime big sunnies and drive like a crazy person.
Choose your outfits according to the shoot that you have booked. Try them on before you go for your shoot to ensure that you are comfortable in them. If you take clothes that your are uncomfortable with, you will look uncomfortable in your photographs.
6. Shoes & accessories
Remember to take shoes, at least 1 pair for each outfit. You cannot do a shoot in 5 outfits and wear the same shoes the enitre time.
Please make sure to take accessories along to your shoot that compliment your outfits. These are small things, but quite vital as having a portfolio done with only 1 set of accessories just doesn’t work.
7. Posing and facial expressions
These are vital elements to your photo shoot. It won’t help doing a fun photo shoot, if you don’t smile, or doing a boudoir shoot and looking like a deer caught in headlights.
Buy a few fashion magazines (the good quality overseas kinds) and have a look at the photos, practice them in front of a mirror, also practice facial expressions. It might feel strange, but it helps you to be more comfortable and allows you to know what your body can and cannot do.
As much as it is the photographers job to direct you when posing, it is also your job to be prepared and not show up with the “I don’t know what to do” attitude.
8. Get some rest!
Please do not go out partying like a wild animal the evening before your shoot. It is rather unproductive to show up at a photo shoot when you are tired, hung over and have bloodshot eyes. IF you do happen to go partying the night before and feel like roadkill the day of your shoot, rather reschedule your shoot and make sure you have paid your shoot deposit / retention fee.
9. Oh, but the photographer can fix it…
No dearies, going to a shoot with that attitude doesn’t cut it. Photographers do not have the time to “Fix” things that you could’ve taken care of before you left your house. While you might think that you are their only client, I can assure you, you are not.
I hope some of you newbies read this and take this to heart, in the end it will make it all easier for yourself.
Have a good weekend poutlings!