How to Prepare for your own Photoshoot

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There are so many great opportunity’s to be the star in your own photo-shoots these days with lots of photographers offering great packages to capture your inner essence from Glamour, Alternative and Pinup! Photo-shoots are a great way to experiment with your look, build your confidence and come home with some beautiful images.

I often get asked by clients on shoots for tips on being prepared or how to pose so I thought I would put together some helpful tips to have you looking your best on the day and feeling confident!

Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated with water, not only will you feel better for it but it will keep your skin hydrated and look great on camera!

Brows

Your brows are the frame of your face so make sure they are well groomed on the day of the shoot, your make up artist will thank you for it!

If you are going to get them waxed make sure you have them done a few days out as it removes the top layer of skin and make up will not stick to it as well – Your make up artist will thank you for it!

Skin

You never know what is going to show during your shoot so make sure you exfoliate the night before and moisturise well. If you are wanting a tan make sure you apply it a few days out to ensure the colour is even.

Lips

Dry, cracked lips are the enemy of lipstick especially a classic red lip desired in Pinup style photography, give your lips a light exfoliation with your toothbrush and treat with a rich lipbalm a few days out

Hair

If you dye your hair make sure you colour is refreshed a couple of days out so it looks its best! Do not wash your hair on the day as squeaky clean hair is difficult to style, the night before is best.

Nails

Treat yourself to a manicure or a pedicure before the shoot, not only will you feel great but they look great in photo’s. A classic red is popular with pinup looks or you can have fun with bold colours that match your chosen look!

Sleep

Make sure you try to get a good sleep the night before, this ensures you look rested and helps with keeping energy levels high for your posing.

Make up

It is your makeup artists job to make you look your best on the day so make sure you arrive with a fresh face and moisturised. If you have a particular look you love then you can bring some images along that inspire you or send them through a couple of days prior.

Wardrobe

If you are supplying your own outfits bring items that you love and fit within you theme, think soft, lovely textures for glamour, bold cheeky prints for pinup or sticking cuts, edgy textures for alternative.

Accessories are great and open ended items that add added interest to your look, bring what ever you love.

Shoes appropriate to the theme, tidy and not scuffed unless it is the desired look.

It is helpful to bring some black underwear to wear under other garments and some nude -underwear -these can be worn under lacy underwear and can easily be edited out.

Photography

Your photographer will coach you through a variety of poses and if you have some specific poses you wish to recreate then bring the images along – Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration.

Play in the mirror at home and learn the angles of your face and what works well for you.

Remember to enjoy your shoot, play, laugh and have fun as these are often the best shots!

Photography by AJ Photography Venus Starr - Creative Director, Model Coach and Stylist Hair by Lady Bonnet Locks / Talie Jeffries Make Up by Mathias Ryder Te Moananui Latex skirt by MissE Harness by Unholy Shoes by Cindy Heels Model: Melanie / The Sweet Painted Lady
Photography by AJ Photography
Venus Starr – Creative Director, Model Coach and Stylist
Hair by Lady Bonnet Locks / Talie Jeffries
Make Up by Mathias Ryder Te Moananui
Latex skirt by MissE
Harness by Unholy
Shoes by Cindy Heels
Model: Melanie / The Sweet Painted Lady

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