You’ve booked a photo shoot… now what?

Making the most of your photo shoot involves several key steps.  Making the photo shoot run smooth not only produces better images it also will get you hired again.  Photographers may seem tense and demanding sometimes, but try to understand the shoot’s success is on the shoulders of the photographer.  Photographers are there to work and you should have the same focus.  It’s work.  The fun in modeling is getting the desired image and making the client happy.

Before the Shoot

  1. Contact the photographer, preferably by phone.  Getting aquinted to a new photographer helps avoid any issues that might come up during the shoot.  For example, the photographer might be going for a certain look and you may need to prepare for it the night before.  Contact is important for a portfolio shoot or a concept shoot, when it comes to higher end shoots, skip the contact.  You could also get some insight on your photographer by chatting for a bit.  A model once told me she had a weird feeling about the next days shoot and decided to call the photographer.  Everything sounded okay until she mentioned bringing an escort.  Well, the photographer flipped out and demanded her to come alone.  She refused to show up by herself and he canceled the shoot.  Not sure what the photographer had in mind, but that call may have prevented an uncomfortable situation.
  2. Drink water not alcohol.  Water has a great effect on skin and keeping you hydrated the next day.  Remember, once you get thirsty, you’re dehydrated and it’s too late to fix the problem.
  3. Don’t party the night before.  Wait till you’re done with the shoot to celebrate.  Looking and feeling hungover isn’t the look of choice for most photographers and clients.  I’d booked a model for an early morning shoot to which she never showed for.  Why?  Well, she was so excited about her big shoot she called all her friends, went out to party and didn’t wake up until later the next day.  By the time we found her, the studio had lost tons of time and money and she was replaced with another model later the same day.
  4. Get a good nights sleep prior to the shoot.  Waking up refreshed prevents baggy eyes, a tired body and a cranky attitude.
  5. Get organized.  Put everything you plan to bring to the shoot in an easy to carry bag.  It’ll get you out of the door faster in the morning and reduce stress.
  6. Bring a snack and water.  Keep your body fueled during the shoot.  Modeling is a good workout, so be prepared to get tired and hungry.
  7. Be professional and courteous with the photographer, the client and the crew.  They are all there to make you look great and they are counting on you to get the images they have dreamed up.  The nicer you are to everybody the easier it’ll be working with them during the shoot.  Nice models get call backs.
  8. Ask for a break if you need one.  Take a 5 minute break if you start getting tired or overwhelmed.  If you’re feeling dizzy or exhausted, tell the crew!  There is no reason to get hurt over a photo shoot.  Sometimes the heat from the lights or standing in the sun for a long time can be draining.
  9. Perform and be creative as the camera clicks.  For more info about posing, go to my posing tips page.
  10. Listen to the photographer because they can see you through the camera.  They are doing everything possible to make you look great.  Follow directions and ask questions if you are having trouble understanding.
  11. Be in control of the shoot.  This is a very important point.  If something makes you feel uncomfortable or is hurting you, stop the shoot and tell the photographer you can’t go on.

During the Shoot

    1. Be professional and courteous with the photographer, the client and the crew.  They are all there to make you look great and they are counting on you to get the images they have dreamed up.  The nicer you are to everybody the easier it’ll be working with them during the shoot.  Nice models get call backs.
    2. Ask for a break if you need one.  Take a 5 minute break if you start getting tired or overwhelmed.  If you’re feeling dizzy or exhausted, tell the crew!  There is no reason to get hurt over a photo shoot.  Sometimes the heat from the lights or standing in the sun for a long time can be draining.
    3. Perform and be creative as the camera clicks.  For more info about posing, go to my posing tips page.
    4. Listen to the photographer because they can see you through the camera.  They are doing everything possible to make you look great.  Follow directions and ask questions if you are having trouble understanding.
    5. Be in control of the shoot.  This is a very important point.  If something makes you feel uncomfortable or is hurting you, stop the shoot and tell the photographer you can’t go on.

After the Shoot

  • Exchange information with the photographer.  The photographer will need to email or snail mail your images after the shoot.  Give the photographer up to 2 weeks to get images back to you.  If a photographer starts taking too long, start calling them and bug them until you get your images.

just a normal chill photoshoot //