When you book your photo session you shouldn't only rely on the photographer's talent to expect amazing results. Here I share a list that will help you how to prepare yourself for your photo shoot for the best result.
The most important thing is always to get lots of hydration and rest.
I am well aware that it can be difficult to thoroughly address every single item on the list before your session, particularly if you preparing a large group of people. However, if even some of them can be accomplished, it can have a significant impact on your photos.
* Have everything you are intended to wear ironed and clean the night before. Wearing wrinkle-free clothes can help give you a much more professional image.
* Eat! Before leaving for your session make sure that you eat something so that you won’t be hungry while doing your shoot. During the shoot, you will have more energy, be more focused and look better.
* Make-Up: Cover up any blemishes and try for an even and natural skin tone.
* Toes and fingers should be groomed and clean. For portfolios and actor/model headshots nails should be natural in colour (light pink, french, nude, etc). For family portraits and others they can be any colour. However, you should be careful that the colour of your nails doesn’t detract from your face and you as the main subject. * All facial hair on men should be groomed. If you would like a couple of ‘rough’ shots first and then have a few shots that offer a smoother look, make sure to bring your shaving kit with you and inform the photographer before your shoot.
* You should get haircuts and facials a week before your shoot date.
* For everyone, lips should not be dry; teeth should be clean and eyebrows groomed. If necessary, bring along a lip moisturizer or balm with you.
* Bring a comb or brush with you to touch up your hair during the shoot. For best results, make-up and hair professionals are recommended.
* Bold colours like jewel tones add depth and warmth to a photo. Bright colours can add light and fun to photos. Keeping things simple is usually the better way to go.
* Layers work wonders- Layering is a great way to add texture to a photograph. A button up over a t-shirt, a jacket or a vest, these things add dimension and texture.
* Accessorize- jewellery, scarves, ties, hats - are great ways to personalise and put finishing touches on an outfit.
* Don’t limit yourself- Bring more than one or two complete outfit choices if you can. Your photographer can help you decide which outfit will make the best photo depending on which background or location is being used.
When in doubt ask your photographer- We’d be happy to help you.