Below are some great tips to help you have a successful photoshoot. The more you study these tips and put in the work on the practice side, the more successful your results will be.
Rule one, the mirror is your BFF.
Stand there, perfect your poses and learn how your body shapes. The mirror is a perfect tool to show you what the camera can see.
Create separation between your limbs from your body.
Not only does it prevent the arm/leg from being squashed against you spreading out any fat, it is also an optical illusion for a slimmer appearance in terms of overall width. A basic cheat that makes a massive difference.
Be aware of ‘mothering’.
If the light has been metered to an exact spot, try to stick to it, or at least notice when you’ve crept closer to the light so you can rectify it if required.
Recognize when your eyes are over-rotating.
It is always advisable to follow the line of your nose to keep your sight central. This stops you from looking bog eyed from too much white of the eye showing.
Know how far you can turn your head before your nose ‘breaks your cheek’.
Go back to the mirror to see what angle becomes too far. This is perhaps a dying rule, but one that many competition judges still take into account so worth being aware of.
Please be honest about your size and measurements.
Nobody minds how tall or small, big or slim you are…but they do need to know in advance for obvious reasons. You may be sent home unpaid if you have exaggerated the truth and wasted time by not fitting the casting criteria. Save yourself and others the embarrassment.
Most of all be fun, easy going and willing to go that extra mile!
If you are genuinely a delight to be around, you are 100% more likely to be rebooked. You are part of a team so pull your weight, diva’s are so 2010.
Have a series of poses in mind already before you step in front of the camera.
It is not the photographers job to direct the model. It is expected that the model will move their body and facials in a way that makes it easy for the photographer to capture the perfect image.
You won’t always love (or even like) what you are modeling.
Getting booked as a model means they like YOUR look or vibe. This doesn’t mean you have to like what they booked you to model. Put the clothes on and keep your opinions to yourself. A great model should be able to sell a paper bag if that is what the client wants.
Be aware of the time you spend between frames
Though photoshoots can be fun, it is still a job and must be treated as such. Be quick with your wardrobe changes. Don’t throw your wardrobe around