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A Guide to Your First Photo Shoot for Beginner Models.

September 30, 2017


*Your first photo shoot can be nerve wracking when you don’t know what to expect but your agent and the photographer should always make the transition smooth and comfortable. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable then always get in touch with your agency.* 


So you have your shoot booked, liaised with the photographer about ideas, it is now the week of the photo shoot and you hit panic mode. The key is to be prepared for all eventualities, as you do more shoots you will be able to identify what works and what doesn’t.


Here is my timeline for the period leading up to photo shoots:


5 days before:


Check in with the photographer, get exact locations and times. Sort out your travel! Don’t leave your travel planning to last minute, too many models cancel because of this and it isn’t a valid excuse. If you have a shoot enquiry, make sure you can get there! Plus, train fares are cheaper in advance so book them up!


4 days before:


Get a Pinterest board going with ideas for outfits, make up styles and photo styles you like so you can show them to the photographer. It is not just you learning, photographers always want to see new things! If you are doing your own make up then try some styles out. As a side note to this do not spend your entire time at the shoot doing your make up! Go with your base make up on and your hair ready to go. Time is so valuable at photo shoots!



3 days before:


Locate your items to take with you, make sure everything is washed and presentable. Gather your props, collect the make up that you are going to lose. This is definitely from personal experience: things get lost in the wash or you end up doing your make up in a different room one day and leave a brush somewhere and you don’t want to be panicking trying to find it the night before the shoot! So keep everything together.


2 days before:


Got any hair dying, waxing, nails or anything to get sorted? Do it! Beautiful make up and fantastic poses seem careless when you have chipped nail varnish on. Paint them or take the paint off. These photos might be the ones a casting agency sees, or someone needing front of house staff sees so always try your best.


1 day before:


Make sure everything is packed; get a little snack box together and some water, travel tickets, make sure your agency knows where you are going and then get an early night. Photo shoots are tiring! Hot lights, strange poses and a bit of anxiety can exhaust you so get nice and rested.


On the day of the event aim to get there a little early so you can chat to the photographer and get a little more comfortable around them. This will have an impact on the photos because discomfort can show through! Photo shoots are supposed to be enjoyable so be upfront about what you do and don’t want to do and don’t forget to take lots of behind the scenes snaps for your social media!


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