There are things you rely on a photographer to perform while getting your photos done: posing, lighting, and composition. So, in theory, you should be able to walk up as a client and subject and let the magic unfold, right? Not quite. There are various things you should do to prepare for and improve your photo session. So, yes, your photographer’s skills and abilities are crucial. However, a great deal depends on how well you prepare for your portrait session.
A week before your shoot (or sooner if you’ve scheduled ahead) is time to plan. Decide on your clothing, the steps you’ll take to hone your appearance, and make appointments.
To capture the most pleasing images while also having a fun session, I’ve put together a detailed list of things you can do to ensure that your next photoshoot is a huge success.
Photo by Evie Shaffer
Pick out Your Clothes Early
Trying to figure out what to wear for a photoshoot can feel intimidating and overwhelming. It’s okay if you’re stressing out a little. It’s vital to dress appropriately for your session, but it’s not the end of the world if you choose the wrong clothes.
I strongly advise consulting with your photographer for advice on what to dress for your photographs. Clothing can make a tremendous difference in raising the overall look of the pictures. Some shoots have themes or specific lighting schemes in mind, and clothing may make a huge difference in elevating the overall look of the images.
Once you’ve decided what to dress, start putting together your wardrobe a few days ahead of time. Get your clothes washed, ironed, and ready to go, so you don’t have to rush at the last minute. My Advice, make sure you can have three or more looks ready along with accessories, and pack it all up the night before, neatly.
Hoard Your Props
Choosing the perfect props for your product photography may seem insignificant, but believe me when I say that props can make or break a portrait’s look. Of course, you’re probably not looking at a prop closet, and that’s fine. So don’t rush out to the store. If there’s one thing I have learned is that props for product photography don’t have to be expensive. I can bet that you already have the props you’ll need on hand.
Stools, pedestals, costume props, custom glass bottle jars, and potted plants are standard photo props at professional studios. Almost any object can be a prop. So grab that fashion magazine on your nightstand or any magazine that might give you a more upscale appearance.
If you’re inside, use what’s in the room or on hand. If you’re outside, feel free to interact and play with nature.
Practice Hair and Makeup
Hair is the crowning glory for the majority. Hairstyles are an essential aspect of their fashion statement and how they wish to be perceived by others. The same is true when it comes to being photographed. Consider the photoshoot’s style, genre, and what you’ll be wearing while choosing hairstyles. The hairstyle should complement this as much as possible. Thus if you’re filming something glamorous, your hairstyle should match that.
Makeup looks very different in real life than it looks in pictures. It is, therefore, important to try out different looks and take photos to be sure which look you want to go for. Then, on the shoot day, remember to ensure you recheck if you have packed all the items you will need: makeup brushes, eyeliner, primer, foundation, setting spray, matte lipsticks, and Star seed eyelashes, and of course, an eyelash curler.
Plan Locations Ahead of Time
Shooting in a studio with a basic background is a common option, but it may be costly, and these photos have been done a million times before. However, by employing your imagination and selecting an unusual portrait location, you can create much more fascinating and engaging images.
Take the time to learn about your team. Learn about their interests and favourite locations, and include them in your photos. Using a location that means something to your subject, you’ll get much more personal, meaningful images. As a bonus, they’re likely to feel more relaxed, helping you capture more natural-looking shots.
Eat Well and Rest
Are you unsure what you should or should not eat the night before your photoshoot? Many foods can sap your energy and make you sad, so it’s critical to pick your foods carefully.
Sugary and caffeinated liquids, such as sodas, coffee, and alcohol, should be avoided. Yes, they may taste great, but they aren’t beneficial for you and will leave you dehydrated and thirsty. Drink plenty of water instead. Water is essential for attractive, soft skin. It will not only hydrate and nourish you, but it will also aid in the elimination of bloating and toxins from your body.
A good night’s sleep is also crucial. They call it beauty sleep for a reason. Alternately a laser physical therapy session will necessitate high energy levels throughout the shoot day and may be an option for some. However, they can also lessen the likelihood of waking up with dark circles under your eyes, allowing you to appear your best for your professional headshots.
Remember that these suggestions are provided to assist you in brainstorming ideas for your shoot, but they are not needed or even necessary for everyone. Simply pick something that works for your budget, lifestyle, and current beauty routine, and proceed from there! Good luck.