Here are some tips to help you get ready for your photo shoot. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
1. Work with your photographer to organise your photo shoot. Think about the kind of photos you want (look on the internet and in magazines for inspiration...) and show examples to the photographer so they have a clear understanding about the look you’re going for.
2. Practice Posing. Take a good look at the pictures that inspire you and try to replicate the poses, practicing in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable. Pay careful attention to the expression on the model’s face, their pose as well as the type of clothing they’re wearing.
3. Plan to change outfit every 30 minutes during the photo shoot. A photo shoot is something special so dress up in your nicest clothes (think about what you’d wear out to dinner at a nice restaurant). Bring complete outfits, not just the top or bottom. Can’t decide what to wear? Bring more clothes than you think you need – it’s better to bring more than you need and your photographer will be happy to help you choose which outfit to wear.
4. Choose your underwear carefully. The studio flashes are very bright and can result in your underwear being seen through your clothing. Coordinate your underwear with your outfit, using similar colours, to minimise this and also bring a set of flesh coloured underwear just in case it’s required.
5. Enhance your outfit with matching accessories (eg. style, colour etc). Bring any accessories that will compliment your outfit and the look you’re going for eg. hats, coloured contact lenses, jewellery, eyewear, sunglasses, handbags, shoes, and scarves.
6. Style your hair to compliment your outfit and makeup. If you want to cut or colour your hair, do it at least one week before the shoot to allow it time to settle. Don’t forget to remove your hairband from your wrist on the day of the shoot.
7. Ensure your makeup is consistent with your look. It is important that your makeup has a matt finish (shiny, sparkly makeup, sequins and rhinestones generally don’t work well with studio lights). Make sure you blend your makeup into your neck and bring the powder with you to touch up any shine.
8. Give yourself a manicure and moisturise your hands (and feet if they’re going to be photographed). It’s important not to chew your nails, as it is difficult to hide bad nails in photos.
9. Drink plenty of water the night before to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid alcohol as it can give you puffy eyes.
10. Moisturise your lips. Exfoliate your lips the day before the shoot by lightly brushing your lips with your toothbrush and moisturize before going to bed. Apply a moisturizing lip balm the morning of the shoot will keep your lips moisturised.
11. Get lots of sleep. Go to bed early the night before the shoot to avoid bags forming under the eyes and a pale, tired appearance.
12. Have something to eat before the shoot. A photo session can be hard work, requiring concentration and sometimes strength, as you might be asked to hold difficult poses for a while. Make sure you eat something before the shoot to ensure you have enough energy.
13. Arrive a little early to finalize details with your photographer (get posing advice, run over the shoot etc ...)
I hope these tips have answered your most of your questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or by phone if you have any further questions - I will be happy to answer all your questions.