Most professional models know by experience about what needs to be done before a photo shoot.
If you do not have a lot of modeling experience I suggest you look over the following list of things that will help you for this shoot and in the future. The more of these guidelines you follow the better your shots will turn out.
1. 72 hours before your photo shoot, avoid the following items (these items can give youoily skin and swelling):
a. Red meat
d. Spicy foods
e. Retin A and Alpha Hydroxy creams (causes skin peeling that will show withphoto makeup)
2. Drink lots of water, carry it with you everywhere you go, and keep sipping.
3. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week and also the morning of the shoot.
4. Have your brows professionally shaped and then keep them up by plucking the straysevery few days. I will pluck strays the day of the shoot but probably will not have time to shape your brows. If you get your brows waxed, do it a few days before your shoot. NOT THE DAY OF your shoot!
5. It is a good idea to carry your own mascara to the shoot with you. Some make-up artists use mascara with the same wand on several people. This can spread infection very quickly. Unless you know the artist and know that she only uses disposable wands, it's best not to take your chances. I do use disposable wands!
6. Dark roots will look even worse in photos. Refresh your hair color a few days before your shoot. If you do not color your hair, try “shades” or a toner just a shade lighter thenyour hair to make it shine. If you need a trim, do it before the shoot.
7. Fingernails and toenails should be one length, well manicured, and the polish should be colorless or French, unless this shoot calls for color.
8. All traces of makeup should be gone from your skin. All eyeliner and mascara should be gone. Your face should be clean and product free when you arrive.
9. Do not over condition your hair before a shoot. Do use your regular styling products to make your hair behave, as chances are the hair stylist will not be wetting your hair and not be able to use gels, etc. Your hair must be dry before you arrive at the shoot.
10. Avoid dry lips by putting Vaseline on your lips before bed and the morning of your shoot. Exfoliate your lips by brushing them when you brush your teeth.
11. For body (lots of skin showing) shots, be sure you get rid of tan lines by visiting atanning booth a few times.
12. Don’t do the spray on tan, it looks orange in photos and it looks streaky 90% of thetime. Spray on tans have ruined shoots for everyone involved.
13. If you have facial hair and you are a woman you need to have it waxed before the shoot. Peach fuzz will show up on your skin, in fact it will look worse in photos then it does in person. People get used to it, you may have it and not be aware until the photos come back.
14. Get rid of body hair. Anywhere and EVERYWHERE it could possibly show.
15. Bring strapless bras, nude undergarments and a tube top usually comes in handy.
16. Wear loose comfortable clothing to the shoot, clothes that bind will leave marks.
If you are paying the artist, feel free to give advice on how you want to look. The photos are yours and you will have to live with them. If it is a test shoot, editorial, commercial shoot or ashoot that someone else is paying for it’s best to keep quiet on makeup and hair. Chances are the artist knows what the photographer and art director want. It may not be what you prefer but normally the person paying for the shoot likes to make ALL the decisions. If you are new at modeling it is a good idea to go ahead and let the artist make the decisions, even if you are paying her or him. In most cases they will know what will look better in the photos - they are dealing with lights, backgrounds and lens filters that you probably are not familiar with. Telling an artist or stylist how to do their job or how you like your makeup is the quickest way to insure youwon’t work much.
Once you are on the job here are some industryetiquette tips
1. Do not chat or answer your cell phone unless it's an emergency.
2. Do not eat or drink while in the Makeup/Hair chair
3. Don't smoke or take smoke breaks, wait until the job is done and never smoke in wardrobe provided for you.
4. Be 15 minutes early to every job, traffic is never an excuse for being late....you need to assume heavy traffic.
5. Don't comment on the clothing, hair or makeup you are in, these are decisions out of your hands for a reason.
6. Never bring anyone to a job, this is very unprofessional and there is rarely room toaccommodate more people on a shoot.
7. If you are asked to bring wardrobe, bring more than you are asked to bring, clients change their minds so bring lots of choices.
8. Never touch your makeup or hair, do not adjust your clothing, these are things the stylist and artist will do for you, that's why we are here.
What clothing models should bring to commercial photo shoots
Good commercial models have invested in a commercial wardrobe. Models are often requested to bring a wardrobe to the shoot. This is especially true of stock shoots. I have made lists of wardrobe items most stylists would like to see you bring.
a few business suits
a little black dress
a few skirts (Current style is best, not too short.)
scarves and accessories (Cheap costume jewelry is fine—the more the better. A ring to look like a wedding ring often comes in handy.)
nice black slacks and tan pants
5 or 6 tops (Colors are fine, but no black, no crazy colors or prints, and no logos.)
jeans (no holes, not too worn-looking)
black and tan low-heeled shoes
tennis shoes without prominent logos (obvious branding)
black high heels (not too stripper-looking)
shorts (not too short)
ball cap with no logo
strapless bra, nude
a one-piece bathing suit and a two-piece if you have the figure for it
a jean jacket
a blazer, current style
push-up bra and cutlets if you are small on top
a nice suit (not cheap—This is a good investment in your career.)
jeans (not too worn-looking)
tennis shoes (no obvious branding)
socks—black, tan, and white
dress shirts for suits (4 or 5 in different colors)
2 or 3 ties to coordinate with shirts
polo-style shirts (3 or 4 in different colors)
Dockers-type pants in navy and khaki
belts (dress and casual)
shorts, cargo in tan or khaki and one dark color
T-shirts (white, black, a few colors, no logos)
dress slacks, dark and light (no white)
pullover sweaters in a few colors
dress and sports watches
ball cap with no logo
My biggest pet peeves are worn-looking clothing. Take clothes to the dry cleaner to avoid fading and wrinkled clothing. I like to see models arrive with clothing on hangers in a garment bag. I hate seeing a wardrobe wadded up in duffel bags.
Obvious branding should be avoided on all clothing. If you can recognize a brand, we probably cannot use it on the shoot. Small logos on polo-style shirts normally will not show up, but anything larger may.
Many thanks to Mary Erickson for writing this wonderful article and sharing it with all of us!www.TheMakeupArtist.com