(This applies only to portfolio shoot, a commercial shoot you might require more depending on the client and project)
The first thing in making a photo shoot work just right is preparing 3-4 days before the shoot.

PREPARATION

  1. Plan for 3-5 outfits if you are shooting for a basic modeling portfolio * Make sure you don’t do any wild designs; solid colors usually work the best. If you do decide to do certain design(s) make sure you talk it over with the photographer first.
  2. Every outfit should have accessories Some of these accessories include:
    A. Necklaces
    B. Earrings
    C. Scarf’s
    D. Flat & high shoes
    E. Belts
    F. Colored bras
    G. Different colored undies
    (the absence of accessories can make a photo look too bland)
  3. Plan a certain location; whether its in a studio or at an outdoor location
    (most of the time the photographer will plan this)
    make sure your outfits fit with the location or backgrounds
  4. Make sure you talk to the photographer a day before the shoot and confirm everything that you already talked about, this helps avoid misunderstandings and lack of communication.
  5. One of the most important things the night before is to get sleep; don’t go out drinking and partying it will make your eyes puffy and your mood cranky.

This is normally a day before the shoot

THINGS TO PACK FOR THE SHOOT

1. MAKEUP

A. Eye cream, eye gel for puffiness and body lotion
B. Eye Make-Up Remover
C. Eye Drops
D. Blush
E. Foundation
F. Mascara
G. Eye Shadows
H. Lip
I. Face Powder
J. Moisturizer
K. Cleanser
L. Tweezers
M. Mirror

2. HAIR

A. Brush
B. Hairspray
C. Hair Ties (thin)
D. Headband
E. Bobby pins
F. Hair Appliances (Curling Irons, straightners, etc)

DAY OF THE SHOOT

  1. Make sure you arrive about 15-20 min early so you can be fully prepared by the time the photo shoot starts.
  2. Bring your portfolio with you along with a couple photo clip outs of pictures you want in your portfolio
  3. You are now ready for your photo shoot

GOOD LUCK!