Photo shoots can be daunting at the best of times, especially if you are new to modeling. From my own experience, there are a few hints and tips that I have learnt along the way that are always worth considering.
Make sure that you plan time in to discuss with the photographer, the needs and objectives of the forthcoming shoot. You can meet in person or even a phone call will suffice. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions and make sure that the photographer is prompting you with the necessary information you require. Most importantly, discuss the concept in detail – make sure everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. The likely questions you need to cover are:
- Where is the shoot
- Start / End times of the shoot
- Is a make up artist or any other 3rd party involved
- Body Hair, keep or remove (a common one for me)
- Facial Hair
- What clothes (if any) that you need to bring
- Payment – TFP or Paid?
- What the images will be used for
Pack your model bag accordingly
This bag should have all your essential bits and pieces for the busy day ahead. It should compose of any clothes that the photographer has asked you to bring, something to eat/drink, hair gel and of course some trusty concealer is always a good thing to remember too. I always throw my mobile phone charger and bank card in, just in case. Since not everyone’s life is ran by an iPhone such as mine, make sure that you have the photographers contact details and address in your bag. Don’t over pack it if you are on location too – the last thing you want to be doing is carrying around a suitcase sized bag all day.
There is nothing worse than being late for a photo shoot. Time is precious for everyone involved so be realistic about the time given to get to the studio/location with extra time in case of traffic etc. If you have any issues, let the photographer know as soon as you possibly can.
Turn your mobile phone off!
There is nothing worse than your XFactor ringtone going off in your bag when a shoot is well underway. Not only is your dreadful choice of ringtone highly embarrassing, you look very unprofessional and are likely to upset the photographer as well.
Create a connection with your photographer
Even if you don’t get on, its still essential that you work together the best you can or it will show in the final result. Make as much effort as you can to be sure the shoot will be as successful as it can be.
Make a good impression
This is fundamentally the most important thing in the book for me and is really essential so that people will want to work with you again in the future. The photographer will be much more inclined to give positive recommendations about you to other people in the industry. Manners cost nothing so be polite, take an interest in the photographers work and remember, just because they are photographing you, its not all about you.
Know your boundaries
If any form of nudity has been discussed as part of a photo shoot, make sure that you stick to your guns and work with what was agreed. At the end of the day, it is only you who can decide what you are comfortable with. It’s just as important to consider what the photos are going to be used for and to be confident with the decision you make. Look at the quality of a photographers work, weigh up the impact that nude photography could have on you and remember you are in control.
Model Release Form
Make sure that you sign one for EVERY shoot that you do. This doesn’t just protect the photographer, it’s for your benefit as well. There is nothing wrong with taking a few minutes to read it to make sure you are happy with everything and that you are not selling your soul to the devil. Make sure you keep them all on file for future reference too.
Modeling is a learning curve. It isn’t something that you learn overnight so it’s important to request feedback when appropriate to do so. From this, you can learn from any positive criticism that you receive and pass on constructive remarks to people you work with in the future.