Do you plan to have your best photo shoot ever? Perfect. This guide is meant for you. It has amazing tips on what to expect, the challenges and how to overcome them and emerge a perfect model of the day. The main challenge when preparing for and during the photo shoot would be ever running out of ideas which may happen to you and your photographer considering you are posing all day.
As a model, you should be willing to discuss any particular pose with your photographer so that both of you can agree on what to change and in what situations. That will make the day very productive because you will be confident with what both of you are doing.
As a model, the photographer will expect someone with a perfect skin and a great physic in general. However, most of the times this is not the case since some models do not have an idea of what is expected of them.
If you are an inexperienced model or this is your first time modeling or maybe you have been in this industry and you want to perfect this art, the information here has got you covered. Check out this impressive to do list as a model to make your photo shoot day less stressful.
Expectations of a model before and during the photo shoot
1. General appearance
It is very important to note that as a model, you should never present yourself for a photo shoot with unwaxed eyebrows, a dry skin, body hair or tan lines. Although they can be corrected in post-production, the best would be fixing them before the photo session. You may think that removing hair in photoshop would take minutes, but that is not the case and so if you want the best, then remove your hair prior to the shoot.
2. Healthy skin
There is a lot you can do as a model to have that perfect skin and can really make a big difference in time spent by photo editors in photoshop. That will give your photographer an easy time. Did you know sleeping fewer hours can lead to unhealthy skin? It is important to note that you should sleep for at least 8 hours to avoid wrinkles, fine lines and lackluster among other skin problems.
If you think you can drink all night and have a photo shoot the following day, you are so wrong. This for sure will make your skin to have some kind of red spots on your face. If you have acne problems which can also cause those red spots, try to use a good moisturizer twice a day a week before the photo shoot.
3. Body hair challenge
You may think that body hair is a minute problem that you can easily get away with but that’s not the case. Imagine yourself as a young gorgeous model with facial hair? This does not sound interesting at all. It would be a perfect idea to remove them but you should also consider the timing. The best results can be achieved if you remove them at least two days prior to. This is because when you remove them, they tend to form red spots. Remember to wax your eyebrows as well, although they are not as troublesome as the body hair it would be better to take care of them at least two days to the shoot.
4. Healthy looking eyes
The beauty of a model is crucial. Healthy looking eyes can do wonders for the final results. For this day to be successful, do not dare show up looking tipsy because there is nothing that can be done. This is because alcohol makes your eyes shinier and the blood vessels because more prominent.
5. Smooth Lips
You should always ensure that your lips are smooth because dry lips are a problem that no photographer would love to fix in post-production. If you live in a cold location, you may have nothing much to do. However, you can control this by avoiding cigarette smoking and application of balm every now and then just to cover up the problem.
What to do the actual day
Always make your mirror your best friend and stand there as you perfect that look in your mind or from the photographer just to see how your body shapes. This is a good way to see what the camera can see. Ensure your poses create a good separation between your limbs and your body.
It is quite understandable that you are tired of posing all day but you have to ensure that your eyes are not rotating too much. The best would be to follow your nose line to keep your sight in control position. Every model should be knowledgeable about light; you can ask which is your key light and ensure you do not block it with your arm.
Hairstylist and makeup artist
For a successful modeling photo session, you must have a good cooperation with these two professionals. A good makeup will give you the confidence to put your face forward. You do not have time to sit for hours for your make up to be done every now and then for the whole day. Remember you are posing for about 10 to 12 hours and all this time you are expected to look gorgeous and different. So, how do you achieve this without straining?
Check out these makeup tips for a quick face makeover without giving your makeup artist a hard time:
1. Choose long-lasting wear
Since this is a long day event, it would be advisable to use oil-free primers and very little moisturizer on your skin. This is important because if you apply too much cream or lotion, the foundation will slip and smear. Awful right?
2. Hydrate your body
Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Your body and most importantly your skin needs hydration. Your skin will be balanced and it will be ready for makeup if you choose to have a makeover in between the sessions.
3. Use light liquid foundation
Since modelling all day may take a toll on you, a light liquid foundation will be a good cover-up instead of using the standard foundation. It will also be of great help if you are posing in difficult areas such as sunspots.
4. Humidity effect
Allow your makeup artist to pamper you for the day. Waxed based foundation has an all-day fabulous look effect. It usually comes in a cream formula and it’s water resistant as well.
What to do with your hair
People tend to forget their hair while posing for photos but for a model, you can be sure that this is not something you can easily get away with. There may be no rules on what looks best and that may depend on your personality and the advice you get from your hair stylist you should put into consideration.
If you are a model with long hair, if it’s not given a professional touch, it may prove to be very troublesome. However, you have to learn how to play around with it even when there is no professional hair stylist near you. All the hair positions whether it’s your up, hair on one side, hair in front of your shoulders or any other hairstyle, it will determine on the look you are trying to achieve as a model.
Location and transport
The choice of location will determine the success of that particular photo shoot and the means of transport that will be most effective. That may be challenging but these tips will guide you to choose the best.
Since you will be working the whole day, if you or the photographer choose an outdoor location, you might as well consider that there will be a flow of passersby and it’s obvious you do not need them in your background. To avoid such distractions, both you and your team can choose an indoor location when people are busy during the day and for morning and evening sessions you can do them outside since the flow of people will have reduced.
This is another thing to consider depending on the type of photo shoots you will be having. If you choose an outdoor public site, it is important to have a place you will use to change your clothes in between the sessions.
Put into consideration the place chosen for the photo shoot. Depending on how the area is accessible, that is what will determine the means of transport. If it’s a place you will be forced to walk, make sure the necessary arrangements are made so that you will not be worn out even before the shoot begins.
Getting a professional assistance in every aspect is what a model posing all day needs. It will relieve the model from any stress whatsoever and this is good so that all concentration is put on the modeling activities. The professionals, on the other hand, will ensure everything is done with perfection.
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