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How to prepare for your model photo shoot

Posted by M F Khan on September 1, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Preparing for Your Model Photo Shoot


Don't wait until the last minute....!

You'll want to start preparing for your model photo session before the day of the photo shoot. The following paragraphs contain some things you'll want to do and some things to avoid having a more successful photo shoot.

Eating & Exercise habits

I know you'll be excited and you'll want tobe in the best shape for your session and this is important. But, don't over do it! Diet and exercise should be done on a consistent basis and not on a binge just because you have a photo shoot this weekend.

If you are following an exercise and diet program, just continue as you normally would up until and on the day of the shoot.

Now, if your diet consists mainly of hamburgers, hot dogs, bread and sugar, I wouldn't suggest eating much of this starting a few days before your model shoot. I don't suggest eating like this anyhow for health reasons.

Always be sensible about your diet and exercise habits and you should be fine for your upcoming model photo shoot.

Avoid new makeup

No matter what the temptation, stay away from new makeup and skin care products just before a photo shoot. You could be in for a big, unwanted surprise by having a reaction to these new experiments. Just stay with what you know works for you.


Model posing ideas

You should have already been doing this long before but look through some of the major fashion magazines like Vogue, Femina, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Teen, etc. to look at poses and to get new ideas.

When looking through these magazines, notice how the model is positioned, what clothing she's wearing, background, and lighting (flat & bright or more artistic & dark).

Think of ways to improve the pose by changing outfits, lighting, expression, etc.

Practice the pose in the mirror until you can make it your own.

This is a terrific way to learn how to pose. I may devote a chapter to posing in a future writing.

Before you go to the model shoot

To be further prepared to shoot professional model photos, there are a few things you will need to do the night before.

Body hair - Without using wax, remove any body hair you don't want to show in your model photos. The reason not to use wax is that you may have red skin in those places when you go to the session.

Nails - As stated in the wardrobe checklist you'll want your nails to look their best for the photo session. Do acomplete manicure and pedicure the night before your model shoot. DO NOT use red or any other color polish on your fingernails or toenails, only clear.

Skin Care - Be sure to remove any dead skin you have and use a good moisturizer to clean and soften your skin.

What to pack for your model shoot

Again, especially pack what the client or photographer wants you to bring and the other items discussed in the wardrobe checklist .

Be Well-Rested Again, I know you will be excited and geared up the night before the model shoot but be sure to get plenty of rest. Go to bed early even if you don't feel you can sleep. The rest will do you good and you'll be more refreshed the day of the photo session.

Preparation for your model photo shoot 

Prepare for Your Female Modeling Photo Shoot....!

A female photography model photo shoot. What you bring to your model photo session will depend upon whether this is your first shoot for a portfolio or a paying job. Either way, this section will help you to be prepared for whatever reason you're doing the model session.

What does the client want?

If you are doing a female photography shoot for an agent or client, he will tell you what to bring but you still need to carry basics in case of changes in hair, makeup, etc. All the tips listed here are meant to be a guide and a checklist of sorts so you can always add to the list when you feel it's necessary.

Let's get started to create your model "kit"

Below I'm going to list suggestions for your photo shoot mainly so you don't forget anything the day of the shoot. In fact, I'd like to see your model case prepared before the day of the session so there's no rush. You may want to copy and print the section below so that you'll have a guide handy each time you go for a photo shoot.

Number One- Wardrobe for Your female photography model Photo Shoot

Here are the essentials for your wardrobe. As stated above, some of the clothing listed here will be provided if this is a model shoot for a client.

Casual - blue jeans, sports & knit tops, button up tops, shorts, cut off blue jeans, etc.Business Suit - for a different look Sports (exercise, uniforms, shorts, etc.) - If you plan to do some sports modeling Swim wear - needs to be a bikini that really flatters you Any props like hats, neckties, men's shirts, jackets, etc. Hose/nylons in an assortment of colorsSocks in different colors including black and white Bring several different bras including at least one push-up and one in flesh tone color A robe to wear between changes during the photo session Bring a scarf to wear when changing to help keep makeup off client's and your clothing You may also want to pack an iron or steamer for those wrinkles that are bound to show up from the trip.

 Number Two - Accessories for Your Model Photo Shoot

Along with each outfit, try to bring accessories which will accent or match the outfit. Keep accessories simple.

Assortment of necklaces Earrings Bracelets Choker (these are popular at the time of this writing)Watch - You normally wouldn't wear a watch unless you are doing a photo where you will be looking at the time. Rings - I know you love your rings but they can be distracting so do not wear them unless they add to the picture.

Number Three - Shoes As with accessories, shoes should match or accent the outfit. But, you can also think outside the box on the subject of footwear. For example; High heels have a totally different look with jeans or swim wear than with an evening dress.

Dress shoes - Bring several different pairs High heels - Also an assortment Jogging shoes - white Boots or high heel boots Sandals

Number Four - Don't forget about the hair

Below are some items you'll need for your hair (or hair removal)

An assortment of combs and hair brushes A curling iron Hair rollers Straightener A couple of head bands Shaving cream and a couple of sharp razors Anything else you use for hair care When coming to the model shoot, I would suggest leaving the hair fairly natural with very little(if any) hair spray so that you, or the MUA, can work with it after you arrive.



Number Five - Makeup and facial

Even if your shoot involves a MUA, you still may want to pack the following...

Your complete makeup kit along with a mirrorA moisturizer Cotton balls and swabs Lip balm Vaseline A good skin cleanser Several different shades of lip color (be sure to bring some solid colors)

Number Six- Nails

A quick tip about nails. Remember that in photos, your eye will move to vivid colors first, especially red. So, take this into account as to whether you want people viewing your hands or your face.

Here is a checklist for nail products totake to your photo shoot.

Your complete manicure kit Nail polish with neutral color Remover kit for nail polish A nice manicure will really enhance your model photos, especially images where your hand is near your face in close-ups so pay particular attention to your nails.

This should pretty much cover you for most photo shoots but as stated above, listen to the photographer or client and be sure to bring wardrobe he or she wants.

Now, get packing for your female photography model photo session!!!


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