How to Get Ready for a Photo Shoot

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Knowing how to get ready for a photo shoot will make your picture-taking session much more successful.

A photo shoot can be an expensive and time-consuming process, so you want to make sure you look and feel your best to get the most out of your investment. Whether you’re a model hired by a magazine, an actor in need of a portfolio shot, or a businessperson looking for a professional picture, preparation is key to a productive photo shoot.

Check with the photographer if there is anything special you need to bring or wear. If you’re a model, whoever hired you may have a specific outfit for you. If you’re getting the picture for personal or professional use, ask the photographer for clothing and makeup suggestions. Darker colors can hide body flaws, while middle-tone colors show off the body.

Avoid excess sodium three days before the shoot so you don’t retain water and look puffy. Maintain your weight if you’re a model. You don’t want to be caught off guard with a sudden call for a job.

Buy bottled water and healthy snacks if your photo shoot will be in an obscure location such as the mountains, desert, or beach.

Practice posing in front of a mirror. This will help you feel more relaxed and confident once you’re in front of the camera. Try different angles and smiles. Use a combination of a wall mirror and a hand mirror so you can see the various poses.

Make a checklist and then gather the items you’ll need to take with you such as clothing, makeup, hairbrush, jewelry, water, and snacks, and pack them the night before the shoot. You don’t want to be scrambling the day of the shoot. Stress can add unwanted lines to your face and harden your features.

Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t drink alcohol or take any medication that will inhibit your sleep. And don’t stay up late. You want your face to look as fresh as possible, and your attitude to be bright and positive.

Wake up on time. If you’re at a hotel, arrange for a wakeup call. If you’re sleeping at home, make sure you have a backup alarm in case one doesn’t go off. Services are also available for home wakeup calls. Check a telephone book or online.

Apply makeup and style hair, if necessary. Your photographer or employer might have someone on staff to do your hair and makeup. If not, do this as soon before the shoot as possible so your makeup is fresh and your hairstyle in place.

  • Don’t over-exercise so you’re sore or tired the day of the shoot.
  • Avoid wearing new makeup in case you might have an allergic reaction.

A writer for over 25 years, Linda Covella boasts a background in art, computers, business and restaurant reviewing. She holds degrees in art, mechanical drafting, manufacturing management and a Certificate for Professional Technical Writing. She has a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University.