How to Model – Model Photo Shoot Preparation

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If you want to learn modeling the right way and have some beautiful images to show how professional you are, you’ll need to be ready before you pose for a single picture. To make it work, you have to prepare for your modeling photo shoot.

Here are some tips for model photo shoot preparation to help you get ready, even if you are a beginner. You’ll need to get some ideas for poses; decide about the outfits & other materials you need to bring with you to wear or use for props.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute!

Model preparing for photo shoot

You’ll want to start preparing for your model photo session before the day of the photo shoot.

The following paragraphs contain some things you’ll want to do and some things to avoid to have a more successful photo shoot.

Eat and Exercise

I know you’ll be excited and you’ll want to be in the best shape for your session and this is
important. But, don’t overdo it! Diet and exercise should be done on a consistent basis and not on a binge just because you have a photography session this weekend.

If you are following an exercise and diet program, just continue as you normally would up until and on the day of the shoot. It’s always best to consult your family physician before beginning diets or exercise programs.

Now, if your diet consists mainly of hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and bread & sugar, I wouldn’t suggest eating much of this starting a few days before your picture day.

I don’t suggest eating like this anyhow for health reasons. Always be sensible about your diet and exercise habits and you should be fine for your upcoming model photo shoot.

Don’t Change Your Makeup

No matter what the temptation, stay away from new makeup and skin care products just before shooting day.

You could be in for a big, unwanted surprise by having a reaction to these new experiments.

Just stay with what you know works for you.

Posing for Your Awesome Photographer

You should have already been doing this long before but one of the simplest posing tips for models is to look through some of the major fashion mags like Vogue, Teen, etc. to look at poses and to get new ideas.

When looking through these magazines, notice how the model is positioned, what clothing she’s wearing, background, and lighting (flat & bright or more artistic & dark).

  • Think of ways to improve the pose by changing outfits, lighting, expression, etc.
  • Practice the pose in the mirror until you can make it your own.
  • This is a terrific way to learn how to pose. I may devote a chapter to posing in a future writing.

Before You Show Up

To be further prepared to shoot really professional looking model photos, there are a few things you will need to do the night before.

Body hair – Without using wax, remove any body hair you don’t want to show in your model photos. The reason not to use wax is that you may have red skin in those places when you go to the session.

Nails – As stated in the wardrobe checklist you’ll want your nails to look their best for the photo session. Do a complete manicure and pedicure the night before your model shoot.

DO NOT use red or any other color polish on your fingernails or toenails, only clear (unless the photographer has a special purpose for this).

Skin Care – Be sure to remove any dead skin you have and use a good moisturizer to clean and soften your skin.

Packing for Your Model Shoot

Again, especially pack what the client or photographer wants you to bring and the other items discussed in the wardrobe checklist listed on the site.

Rest Up!

Again, I know you will be excited and geared up the night before the model shoot but be sure to get plenty of rest.

Go to bed early even if you don’t feel you can sleep. The rest will do you good and you’ll be more refreshed the day of the photo session.

Taking some simple steps like these will help you be prepared for your model photo shoot. And, if you are ready when the shutter snaps, your pictures will be more beautiful and professional looking.

And, that excites photographers like me immensely! See you next time. Check out more tips for models here ..

Bob Pardue

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