Your photo shoot is approaching, it’s your first time working with a photographer… Here are some things to consider:
Several weeks in advance
- Book the shoot – Confirm the date and meeting time. Be sure if you are doing your own hair & makeup, you arrive ready to shoot. If you are getting hair & makeup done by a professional at the site, be sure to arrive early and give yourself time to primp.
- Confirm the location – You will need to know if you are shooting outside or in a studio.
- Clarify who will be at the shoot – will it be just you and the photographer? will the photographer have an assistant? will you be bringing someone?
- Confirm how many looks you plan on shooting – Most photographers have a limit on the number of outfits/looks per shoot.
Week before shoot
- Stop tanning or using a spray tan – both can cause your skin to look very dry. Tanning beds can also cause minor water retention under the muscles, which is the last thing you want the day of a photo shoot.
- Eat clean – no need to deplete yourself and get stage-ready (unless you happen to be shooting the day or two before a show). Often times, the very-depleted look does not photograph great. Most people wind up showing a lot of wrinkles and dryness because of being depleted in pictures.
- Drink water – cannot emphasize this enough. You have to stay hydrated and continue flushing out toxins to help maintain a clear complexion for the shoot. GOOD SKIN goes a long way in photos.
Morning of shoot
- Eat small meals – cut back on vegetables and anything heavy. Last thing you want is a full stomach or any bloating.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing – nothing too tight, including undergarments or a bathing suit. This will prevent markings on the skin.
- Continue to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Bring something for the photographer to drink – I usually bring coffee and a large water.
- Be on time, if not early.
- Relax and enjoy the shoot – SMILE!