How to prepare for a photoshoot

  • Even top models spend time in front of the mirror – practicing expressions and poses
  • It is important to know how your face feels when you smile, or laugh, or frown, or pout.
  • It is important to know how your body feels when it is posed in an attractive manner.
  • Practice facial expressions in front of the mirror – learn how your face feels with a perfect smile – no gums, eyes open – not squinting.
  • Practice your poses in front of a mirror – while naked. Yes – it says “naked”. With clothes on you have pockets, collars, etc. to “hang on” to. Without clothes – you have to learn how to place your hands and make them look attractive.
  • If you are shooting with me, I will guide you in poses – however you will be much more confident if you are able to do some basic poses on your own. Look through current magazines for ideas.
  • Sign up to receive free catalogs from either of these two companies. Chadwicks / Newport News. Their catalogs are the ultimate models posing guide! Study them and pay particular attention to how the models pose in different style clothing. Look closely at how they hold their hands.
  • Select your outfits and write a detailed list of the styles and colors that you are bringing. Add specific shoes and accessories to your list. Do NOT bring jewelry unless requested by the photographer or client. Portfolio images are about YOU – you are the product – don’t water down the image with jewelry
  • Props! – Think of props that you can bring to match your outfits. Props make a photo more believable and also give you something else to do with your hands