Model tips for your first shoot, if you are about to take part in your first photo shoot it’s easy to get excited and even easier to get nervous! On the approach to the big day it’s worth considering a few things to take to the shoot, ask your photographer any questions you may have and get a few things packed – just in case. Preparation however begins long before that and depending on the ‘theme’ of the shoot some extra digging around the internet and diving into a few magazines might ease some those last minute nerves. Below follows just a few tips for your first photo session:
Look at magazines
Magazines are a great source of inspiration, is there a model you aspire to? How do they pose? Which expressions can you relate to? Unlike online images a magazine is hard copy of reference – pull out the pages and create a collection of your favourite images and try to practice them throwing in your own personal twist.
Similarly to the above, practice makes perfect get yourself in front of a mirror and practice some posing, make notes of the ones that work for you and write them down into a list – not every pose is suitable for every style of shoot and a good photographer will direct you but having some great poses in the bank is always handy to have.
Watch the hands
Hands are important, very important. Relaxed hands work in most fashion and portrait work but this is by no means a hard rule – again it depends on the shoot, practice positioning your hands into natural positions then try something a little more dynamic.
Know your assets
Which part about you just says ‘Me!’, perhaps it’s your eyes – the expressive gateway to the soul or, it could be your hair, tattoos, attitude or something else. Once you get to know your strongest points you can begin to use them in shoots and don’t be shy about talking to your photographer about your ideas too – this can also be an asset.
Ask the photographer
Being nervous for your first shoot is normal so it’s good to talk to your photographer prior to the shoot, this can be done via telephone or email – just iron out any details you may concerned about, ask any questions you need to, confirm times etc, this will help you feel more prepared and more confident upon arrival knowing what to expect and what is expected.
The shoot bag
What is a shoot bag? Essentially your ‘shoot bag’ depends on you and also the photo session, there are no rules but being prepared is essential just in case. Is there going to be a stylist at the shoot? If not then the shoot bag needs a few essentials such as makeup, hair brushes, baby wipes for removing makeup, hairbands/bobbles, sunglasses, caps, earrings, t-shirts etc. Oh yeah, some chocolate too…
These days almost every image goes through an element of post processing, there is however nothing in your armoury quite like a good old fashioned sleep, catch those Z’s the night before and arrive fresh looking great ready for action.
Don’t over think the shoot
Letting that tension monster rear its head as soon as you walk through the door of the studio or on location will be noticed, stay relaxed – remember why you are there and keep in mind that you are going to look great, any good photographer will guide you through the shoot so be yourself, relax and if you need a break to take stock then simply let your photographer know.
Kind of the same as point 8 above, let your photographer direct you, finer details may well present themselves, small points you may not have thought of during your posing practice – take these on board, they are not criticisms but offered to achieve the best images of you. Don’t be afraid to get involved – it’s your shoot!
Ask to see the images that are being taken, some photographers shoot ‘teathered’ which basically means you can see the raw images on screen (ie: tv screen) as they are taken, many photographers however don’t (especially on location) but there is no harm in asking to view your images say after a set or a specific succession of styled images.
Model Tips for Your First Shoot:
These top 10 model tips are not set in stone, more of a helpful bunch of tips to get you prepped up for being in front of the camera for the first time on a more serious basis. Every shoot will be different, every theme will be different in studio or out on location. Ultimately, it’s all about enjoying yourself – rule no:1 is, with a little preparation enjoy yourself!
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