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How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

By: Olena Luchko


As models, we always attend different photoshoots. There are many different types of photoshoots for models, each with its own unique style and purpose.

We need to be properly prepared and have all the necessary things to get the best outcome and also enjoy the work. I personally like to prepare everything beforehand so I don’t stress out on the day of the photoshoot and forget something that can ruin my mood or the shoot.

Preparing for a photoshoot can be an exciting yet daunting task, especially if you are new to modeling or photography. However, with a few simple steps, you can ensure that you are fully prepared and confident for your photoshoot. Here are some tips on how to get ready for a photoshoot–maybe you will find a few you can use yourself!


First, it's important to plan ahead for your photoshoot. This includes deciding on the location, theme, and style of the shoot. Make sure to discuss your ideas with your photographer or modeling agency to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Share your ideas, outfits and looks with the photographer as they might recommend what's going to look better in the final photos. Yes, sometimes, we pick the wrong outfits! Even though you look great in the mirror, the camera sees everything a little bit differently. Choosing this ahead of time is also a great help for your photographer. They know what to expect, and it makes it easier to decide on which backdrop they can use, locations to shoot at, and so on.

Photographer: Alina Gofman

Think of anything that you might need just in case. This will ensure that you're fully prepared and ready to go on the day of the shoot.

If you are a new model and just starting your work, practice your posing and facial expressions before the photoshoot. You can practice posing techniques in front of a mirror or with a friend. This will help you feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera. You can also attend some posing classes, find some videos or check out our page @whynotpetites on Instagram, where we share some ideas for posing. We also offer group workshops and private classes!

Select outfits that are appropriate for the shoot and that make you feel comfortable and confident. It’s always good to have some options as a backup, so make sure to bring a variety of outfits in case the photographer or modeling agency has specific preferences–something changes unexpectedly. There might be themed photoshoots, so make sure you do some research and prepare well for the look and style they are looking for. You can also create some mood boards and invite everyone on the creative team to contribute, so everyone can visualize and decide on what looks, hair, and makeup is best suited.

Sometimes you don’t have to worry about makeup and hair, because this will be provided at the shoot. But often, you will have to take care of it by yourself. If you're doing your own hair and makeup, make sure to give yourself enough time to get ready. Default to natural makeup and avoid heavy or dramatic looks that may not suit the photoshoot, but always discuss with the photographer or your agency if they want a particular look for the photoshoot. If you're unsure how to do a look, consider hiring a professional makeup artist or hairstylist, or ask a friend.

Bring any other items such as props or accessories that may be required for or enhance the photoshoot to create the right scene. Also bring water and snacks, so you can keep yourself hydrated and energetic. I also take some make-up for touch ups, hair sprays, hair ties, bobby pins, and anything I might need to refine the look on the fly. Think of anything that you might need just in case. This will ensure that you're fully prepared and ready to go on the day of the shoot.


A few other things that are important to bring to any shoot are items such as lotion. You need to make sure your skin always looks hydrated on camera and in case you are doing any hand modeling, it’s a great item to have. I also always bring a nail file, you never know when your nail might break or get caught on something and you need to always be prepared! Bring eye drops, if you’re someone who has dry eyes or sensitive eyes it’s a must to bring with you. I always bring pasties as well, in case the clothing does not work well with a bra or is a bit more see-through than you thought. Again, the camera can catch things, especially with lighting, that you might not normally notice.

It is super important to get yourself ready a couple days before the actual photoshoot. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy, nourishing foods leading up to the shoot. Make sure to exclude any alcohol and salty food the day before the actual shoot. This will help you feel and look your best in the photos. Rest up and make sure to get enough sleep the night before your photoshoot. This will help you feel more energized and alert during the shoot.

I hope you found some tips useful and helpful! Try a few and see what helps you feel fully prepared and confident for your photoshoot.


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