How to Prepare For a Photo Session

Not many people understand just how difficult modelling is. A model is judged on both their performance and their looks. There are several simple and easy ways you can come across as more professional and successful, which is the key to landing a modelling job.

Weight will always be an issue for a model. It’s possible to be both too thin and too thick so exercise regularly and eat a proper diet to maintain a healthy weight. You should lots of fruit and veg and try to avoid fatty snacks, caffeine, smoking, drinking, and other harmful substances.

It’s important that you never change your look right before a job. The only time you should get your hair cut or colored before a job is if you’ve been told to. Models should generally have longer hair because it is more versatile as you can make longer hair appear shorter but not the other way around.

You should avoid wearing makeup unless you’re on the job or in an interview. Makeup blocks your pores and can actually damage your skin and increase your chances of getting spots and pimples. Keep your skin clean and healthy by bathing regularly and using the right skincare products.

Stay out of the sunlight. Being sunburned can be bad for your career and your body. Tans are also impossible to cover using makeup. It’s easier to give a pale model the appearance of a tan than a tanned model a pale appearance. If you insist on looking tanned then get the right self-tanning products that simply color your skin rather tha tan it. You should apply it evenly, which you may need help to do, and avoid being nude until it’s dry.

All models need good nails so get pedicures and manicures done as and when needed by professionals. You should also take care of yourself. A bruise, scar, scratch, tattoo or piercing could ruin your body. Remember that your body is essentially your product and it needs to be in pristine shape.

Women (and sometimes men) should shave away any unwanted body hair the day before the job so that any red marks left behind can fade. Remember to always shave in the same direction that the hair is lying down. Shaving against the grain can cut the hair below the surface and leave you with “razor burn” caused by the ingrown hair.

Make sure that you arrive at each job freshly bathed and showered. Your hair should be shampooed and conditioned so that it’s fuller and thicker. Bring along your own hair care products such as your curling irons, hair spray, combs, brushes and anything else you’ll need to care for your hair.

If you’re doing a clothing shoot you should expect to have your photos taken without underwear underneath. Underwear causes bumps in the clothing you’re wearing and so you should expect to only wear the clothes you’ve been given. Remember to always use a bikini trimmer if you’re having any sort of shoot “down there”.  If you haven’t got one, check this post by Startifacts.

If you’re going to be posing in revealing clothing like lingerie or you’re doing a nude shoot you should come to the shoot wearing loose fitting clothing and with no socks or underwear on. Clothes that press against the body create pressure marks that can take an hour to fade. You should avoid wearing tight fitting or elastic clothing for at least 12 hours before the shoot too.

If you’re doing test work or buffing up your portfolio then make sure you practice walking, posing, and showcasing different emotions regularly. You should also pick out your clothing ahead of time. Find clothes that give you plenty of different looks and that flatter your figure. Avoid patterned clothes as they draw attention away from you. Black and white outfits and the classic “lines” outfits are all good choices. Try to avoid taking too many clothes so the photographer has some good choices for the clothes they feel will work best for the shoot.