10 Simple Tips to Help You Prepare For Your Next Photoshoot

As a professional photographer here in the Fayetteville, NC area, before taking any type of photography session I get asked about how to prepare. There are a few things you can do before the session to make it easier for yourself and for your photographer.


Prepare you Skin

Preparation is important when getting your skin ready for a shoot. A facial, maybe an exfoliation, and masks are all recommended before you leave the house. It might also be necessary to use SPF 30 on your face throughout the day to protect it from sun damage.

Moisturize and Hydrate

Hydration is vital for feeling confident and looking your best so it's a good idea to moisturize ahead of time to keep skin hydrated and soft. Even just one hour before the shoot starts works, but if you can do so beforehand it's great too!

Practice Posing

Getting into a pose before a photoshoot can be helpful. Before your next shoot, take some time in front of the mirror to explore what poses are right for you and practice with your clothes on. (Don't forget about any props or accessories that may be used in the shoot!). Also, look through Pinterest or Instagram ahead of time and find some poses you like and share them with your photographer ahead of time

Pick Outfits Beforehand

It is helpful to have some idea about what you will wear ahead of time if you know to plan your outfit. If not, the best thing is to make sure that you have a range of outfits in case it ends up being an issue on the way there.

Research the Photographer's Style

It's important to do some research on your photographer before you head out for the shoot. It can help to look at their Instagram and see what kinds of photos they typically post- this way, you're prepared with poses in mind for when it comes time to work together.

Wash Your hair 

Make sure to shampoo and condition your hair the day before a photoshoot for a healthy shine. When you arrive on set, just brush through some product for a good look.

Don't Neglect Your Nails

It's important to ensure nail polish is dry before going out for a photoshoot because it can result in smudging if it comes in contact with clothing. If that's not possible, there are plenty of options available like nail stickers or fashion tape. Also, may be necessary to touch any polish on your nails and toes before hand.

Keep Your Makeup Natural

Makeup needs to be simple, natural and light for the camera. Bring a small bag with concealer, lip balm and mascara (if needed) to be able to reapply on set. Consider carrying around a blush and some eyeliner too.

Bring Your Best Modeling Game to the Table!

Preparing for a photoshoot is not something everyone does every day. We hope this article provided a start-up guide for you, but if you have any other questions about how to prepare for your next shooting day, don't hesitate to get in touch and ask.

Arrive Early

It's best if you can arrive early and spend some time with the photographer, work through wardrobe and discuss poses ahead of time. This ensures that when the shoot starts, everyone will be more relaxed and prepared for what's about to happen.


- Darin

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