How to prepare for your pro photo shoot
How to get ready for your shoot
Here is some general advice to help clients get the most from their photo shoot. It's not a good idea to just assume that anyone will know they need to moisturize the area around their nose before their pro photo shoot to avoid having dry, flaky skin.
Here is cheat sheet with tips and hints on how to prepare for your session:
Pro Photo Shoot Client Prep Sheet
I will begin by stating that the best preparation for a photo shoot 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 the photos you take.
- 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. This is something I really can't stress enough. During the shoot, you will have more energy, be more focused and look better. For very active people, this is even more vital. A good idea would be bringing nutrition bars or power drinks. However, avoid coloured drinks, chocolate, etc. You don't want to stain your teeth, tongue and lips.
- 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. A viewer's focus will naturally gravitate to any loud and vibrant colours before the remainder of the photograph.
- 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. Your lips always look better when they are moist.
- 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.
WHAT TO WEAR
Probably the most frequently asked question when prepping for a photo shoot is “What do we wear?” This is a great question, and good wardrobe choices can enhance your photographs. We like to suggest using the following guidelines when choosing what to wear.
1. Confidence and comfort!- While we are not suggesting that you wear your sweats because they are comfortable, we ARE suggesting that you feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. Clothes should fit properly, and you should feel good in them. If you are worried about how you look in an outfit, that will translate in your photos.
2. Avoid logos and labels- These can often be distracting in photos. We want the primary focus to be you, and not your shirt.
3. Embrace colour and patterns- Colours, plaids, checks, stripes are all great! How boring would it be if everyone only wore black for photos? The trick is not to have too many patterns going on at one time and to coordinate colours with the patterns. 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.
4. 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 to a photograph.
5. Accessorize- Jewellery, scarves, ties, hats, you name it. These are great ways to personalise and put finishing touches on an outfit.
6. 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.
7. When in doubt ask your photographer- We’d be happy to help you
If you find any ideas in magazines or other places that you like, you can bring these with you to your pro photo shoot session. What you are attracted to, what moves you and what your feelings are about photography all provide a lot of insight into what your expectations are and who you are. Don't ever hesitate to discuss your ideas and preferences with your photographer.
Would you like to learn more? Get in touch with us or check our Professional Headshots London photo shoots out to learn what we can do to help make your first impression the right one with your pro photo shoot!