Preparing for a Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot requires a lot of sincere effort in order to be a success. Here is a list of things to keep in mind while you prepare for your photo session:

  • This is an important day! RELAX.


  • Come to the shoot with your hair ready for the first look. DO NOT get it cut just before your shoot in case it doesn't turn out right! If you hair is dry, opt for a deep conditioning treatment. If you color your hair, get a refresher or have your roots done.

  • Bring your make-up supplies for touch-ups. By taking care of your contouring and base items before the shoot it helps speed matters along.


  • Fingernails should be clean and groomed and not too long. Polish should be a light color.


  • Wax or shave your legs and armpits 3 days prior to a shoot. If you are modeling swimwear or lingerie, be sure you hit the bikini line. This is also the time to be sure your facial hair is under control. Don't have your facial hair waxed in the three days prior to your shoot in order to allow for irritation to disappear
    Remember: All facial hair should be tweezed, waxed, or shaven, and excess arm hair should be waxed.

  • Stay out of the sun and the tanning salons!

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. Bags, dark circles, and bloodshot eyes WILL ruin a shoot. Sleep at least eight hours a night for the three days prior to your shoot. Stay off the booze and other influential substances! It does show on your face. Eat a good meal prior to your shoot. Drink plenty of water, avoid salty foods and alcohol prior to a shoot so that you are not puffy on the day of the shoot.

  • Do not wear jeans, elastic waist bands, pantyhose, bras, ankle socks or tight underwear prior to your shoot as they will leave red marks across your stomach, legs and thighs. Try on all your clothes ahead of time. Make sure they fit well, are cleaned, pressed and have no missing buttons. Bring colors that look good on you. Black & white are great. Avoid lavish designs, floral patterns and stripes. Stay away from white clothing if being photographed indoors and stick with the bright colors if the shoot is outdoors. Clothing that shows texture such as weaves, knits, etc. often enhance a three dimensional look to photos.

  • Cut out pictures that you like from magazines: the pose, mood, expression, angle, attitude, energy. Practice facial expressions in front of the mirror learn how your face feels with a perfect smile - no gums, eyes open - not squinting. Practice your poses in front of a mirror.

  • To top it all, Please be on time for your photo shoot.


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