How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

One of the main problems when when you prepare for your photoshoot is clothing… Having plenty of options is always welcomed. Really think about different neck lines and colours.

LADIES – Really low necklines are not advised as you may appear to be in a leotard or worse still naked. Also avoid frilly sleeves unless it represents your personality, it may draw attention from your beautiful faces.

BOYS – The same, avoid the ultra deep V. Also try to avoid vest tops as its not flattering when cropped.

Nothing too busy as we wouldn’t want it to detract from your face and eyes. Also try to avoid anything too stripy as it may appear to strobe in your photos. Whatever you bring make sure it is clean, ironed and is free from all unwanted toothpaste stains, although this make make you appear minty fresh… its not a great look.

When asking how to prepare for your photoshoot it is also important to remember that your photos are much more than the clothes you are wearing, they need to capture your personality and instantly represent you as a short glance.

LADIES – Try to come with natural make up so we can see what you really look like… try and wear a little less than you normally would to an audition or an interview. Remember casting directors don’t need to see what you look like when you are ready for a night on the tiles.

BOYS – Make sure you think about facial hair, whether you want it or not… A clear decision is a great way to boost your personality, if you don’t want facial hair in your photos then please make sure you have had a shave, as a tiny amount of un-groomed stubble may make you appear untidy and unprepared (unless that’s the look you are going for)

When thinking about your hair, planning is the key. There will be time to try different styles, but please plan this in advance to make it as efficient as possible and please bring everything you will need, as there are no straighteners included in our photography packages.

If you have long hair please think about what your long locks will do in the wind. It can make you look like a super model on a fashion shoot if it behaves, but as we have no way of instructing the elements it may end up with you looking like you have been dragged through a hedge backwards.

Your state of mind is also very important during your shoot. Think about how you will come across in your images… Instead of arriving as your own toughest critic, think like Hollywood royalty, sparkling eyes, relaxed manner and that this is second nature to you ( in many cases we know you hate having pictures taken so don’t worry we are on your side). Have confidence, and take command of your pictures by showing the lens who is boss.

To truly show yourself at your best here are a few steps to take in the short period before your shoot.

GET TO BED – Please make sure you are well rested. Ensuring you get the correct amount of sleep for the few days leading up to your shoot. Your eyes need to jump off the page. Many people confuse this with editing after the shoot. But it is essential we see them sparkle so that casting directors never want to put your headshot down.

Although its a great thing to appear busy, your face probably isn’t the most ideal way to show how hard you have been working. If you are planning a party the night before your shoot, then we are sorry to advise that it may not have a great impact on your photos, although it may seem like the best idea in the world at the time… its like a kebab.. you will always regret it in the morning.

Especially when you are standing in the studio with flashing lights and a faint aroma of Jaeger Bombs coming from your favourite top.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER – this will hydrate your skin and help to make your pores appear healthy, it will give you a better sense of well being and make you more alert on the day of your photoshoot.

MOISTURISE ( boys don’t switch off this is for you too) – moisturise your face thoroughly for a week before your photoshoot to eliminate any dry and rough areas. Although Photoshop has magical powers it is always better to have a great starting point… plus the better your skin is the better you will feel on the day.

SHAVING – if you are shaving please use a sharp razor to try and avoid any heavy bleeding as that is most undesirable in your images… unless you are being submitted for body number 3 in Sweeney Todd. In all seriousness please take care when shaving and remember to moisturise afterwards as razor burn and shaving rash are notoriously difficult to remove in Photoshop.

BEARDS – if you are keeping your facial hair, please ensure it is trimmed, groomed and free from all breakfast.

PLANNING – please make sure you research the location of your shoot and how you are going to get there… Allow plenty of time in case of delays. We would much rather welcome you early with a cup of tea and a digestive, than greet you with a towel and a hairdryer as you have been wondering round lost in the rain.

BASICALLY… Be sensible… wash, sleep, eat well and drink plenty of H20 (that’s water… its free)


“Aaaaaaaaaah! I have a spot!!!! My photoshoot is Ruined!!” – Please don’t panic if you develop any blemishes, spots or scratches as they can simply be removed using Photoshop. Please do not disguise any permanent features such as moles, birth marks or scars as they are part of you and may well get you a job one day.

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