How to Prepare Yourself for a Photo Shoot Photopedia
Clicking Pictures and posting it on social Medias is become a trend these days and being a part of this fast growing world, we should follow the trend and be a part of this rapid change . Photo shoots bring up the value of our pictures when compared to our Selfies and Pictures taken randomly. Photo shoots are something special and How do we make it more special, lies with us. Who does not like to look good on pictures? Yes!! We all aspire to look good, attractive and of course, we all expect compliments from people who sees our photos. Likes and comments on Facebook are what which is in the lead and its what which most of us need, lol, Which is why we see pout faces all over social medias. When it comes to attending any functions or parties, the time spent on preparing ourselves is greater than the time we spend on parties. Now here comes the question – How do we prepare for a photo shoot? Preparing for a photo shoot is an awesome experience, and yes I must say we all must have this experience at least once in a lifetime. There’s a lot more than just turning up at the studio and smiling at the camera. Hence, it’s worth spending the time to prepare ourselves properly for a photo shoot. Here are few tips from us before you prepare for a photo shoot.
Get, Set, Click
So, you’ve opted the best photographer, chosen the best location. Now what? A few days before your shoot you’ll have to start getting prepared. If you’re properly prepared for the shoot you’ll not only have an easier and more stress-free time during the shoot, but also the result of the photo shoot will turn out to be marvellous. Preparing your mind for a shoot is equally important to dressing up physically. Plan your photo shoot date on the day when you don’t have any other schedule, hurrying up for the shoot would put you in regret.
Clothing is a form of expression, and the clothes that you pick to wear will reflect your personality in the images. My best piece of advice when choosing clothes is the simpler, the better.
- Solid, Gaudy colours look awesome when on screen.
- If going with a pattern keep it simple.
- Start with a simple shirt or a top and slowly add layers.(jackets/pullovers)
- Bring few extra clothes to the shoot which is easy to change.
- Make sure that your clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out.
- Bring a make small makeup kit, lint brush or roller with you
- Don’t worry about Shoe/Foot wares if you are just shooting headshots.
- Above all, the atmost important point to note here is to be Comfortable in whatever you wear. Comfortable cloths bring up the best feel in you which will in turn reflect on your pictures.
- Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm flyaway.
- Start with your hair down and towards the end of the shoot put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.
- If you can afford – hire a hair stylist for the morning shoot, (best you can get your friends or cousins for help)
- Looks (Makeup and Face)
- Begin natural. Just enough to cover up any blemishes.
- Build up the makeup as you go. Add eye shadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.
- Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.
- Bring your makeup and moisturiser with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
- Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
- The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.
- Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated.
- Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up brows.
Tips for Him
- Makeup is generally not required for men but a light face powder and blotting paper would be required, especially if your skin tends to be a little greasy.
- We recommend you get your haircut 4 to 5 days before the shoot so it doesn’t have that “freshly cut” look.
- Shave right before you leave for a shoot. A 5 o clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help you with skin irritation.
- Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. The studio lights can get pretty hot.
- Leave your coloured contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you. Coloured contacts can look very fake in photographs. Bring eye drops with you.
- If you can afford it, hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.
Tips for Her
- Hair is such a personal thing so it’s best that you feel like you in your pictures. Feel free to bring whatever styling products you need in order to create your look. We love producing range by changing the hair during the session by putting it up in a ponytail etc. If you are planning on making an appointment with your hairdresser, please arrange this for the day prior or even the morning of the shoot. It is a good idea to get these booked and in the diary now.
- Makeup should be simple but well done, so your natural assets stand out on their own. This means that makeup should help the viewer focus on the eyes and the mouth, which are the essence of the headshot. Our primary concern is shine, so we do advise bringing along some translucent powder.
- We highly recommend booking the services of a professional makeup artist who can be on hand throughout your shoot and ensure you’re looking your absolute best. Again we work with some professional make-up artists and stylist who we are happy to recommend.
Smile and enjoy
Although you will be working hard during your shoot, it will also be a fun and enjoyable experience. We fully understand that some people hate having their photo taken or think they are not photogenic. This is an area we specialise in so please do let us know if you have any worries or concerns about being photographed. Remember that your smile is the most important business tool and we will be encouraging you to laugh and smile naturally during your session.
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