Photo Shoot Preparation
Following these suggestions will help
give you the best results possible from your shoot!
Bring a selection of tops to choose from (maybe
6) with varied necklines (some with collar, some without). Some with
long sleeves, some with short. Stick with plain colors, avoid busy
prints, but also avoid solid white.
Stay away from large buttons or ornaments.
Minimize jewelry. Small stud earrings are OK, but
avoid ones that are too flashy or dangly.
Bring a lint brush or roller to remove lint. This
saves retouching costs.
If doing your own makeup, be sure to avoid
mascara that clumps. Headshots are very close up and eyelash defects
will show up. They are also extremely hard to retouch well.
General Photo Shoot Preparation
- For 72 hours before the shoot, do
your best to avoid
eating spicy foods, red meat and alcohol. Drink lots of water.
- Keep your finger nails and toe nails
neatly manicured, using clear nail polish or French tips. Avoid bright
colors that may conflict with outfits and lipstick.
- If you will be having your hair
styled prior to coming to the studio, try to schedule it such that you
allow plenty of time for the
stylist to complete their work before the scheduled shoot time.
- Avoid dry lips by applying Vaseline
the night before and again the morning of the shoot.
- If full body shots will be taken, be
sure to get rid of tan lines, by visiting a tanning salon a few days
before the shoot. Be careful not to over-do it though!
- It's usually a good idea to remove
tags from your
clothes and underwear so they won't pop out while shooting. I have
enough things to "fix in photoshop". :)
- Many girls, especially those with
long hair, habitually put elastic hair bands on their wrist when
they're not in their hair. Try to break this habit so you don't end up
with rubber bands on your wrists in your pictures! :)
- Lastly, don't forget to have FUN at
your shoot! It WILL show in your pictures!
Models, Perfect Your Poses!
Practice various poses and
expressions in a
mirror. Look at fashion magazines and catalogs to get ideas for poses. If we'll be doing pinups, be sure to study as many pinups
as you can ahead of time. It takes a lot of practice to get those right.
If your feet are in a shot, your
toes should be
pointed. It gives your calves/butt a nice shape. If you're wearing high
heels, that's already taken care of by the shoes.
BTW: that's why you wear heels in photography, not to make you seem
If your heels are black rubber
that will leave
streaks on the white set floor, please put some masking tape on them.
Your hands should generally be
relaxed and not
look like you're putting your weight on them. Practice various
positions for your hands (on hips, behind your head, on thighs etc)