You’ve dreamt about this day your whole life – your first real photoshoot. The lights will be blinding. It’ll feel like the camera won’t stop taking photos and it will feel like you’re spending an eternity on the make-up chair. It’s all going to be overwhelming, but something you’ll also remember forever. So take a deep breath, calm down, and let us help you out with your first photoshoot with a few tips.
1. Be comfortable.
Leave the skinny jeans at home, or any clothing that’ll somehow leave a mark on your skin. It’s going to be another thing for your team to retouch, and a shoot takes time. So come to the shoot in loose, comfortable clothing; you’ll be changing clothes quickly, anyway. (Plus, no one’s going to judge you if you show up in yoga pants, we promise.) Try to keep your face fresh and bare when you arrive as well! You’ll be spending a lot of time in make-up, anyway.
2. Be punctual.
Like we said, a shoot takes time – if you’re late, that’s just going make the shoot even longer. So try your best to arrive on time, or even better, a little bit earlier. It’ll help you calm your nerves a little, and give you enough time to prepare yourself before the shoot actually starts. Plus, its common courtesy to be punctual, as it shows your respect for the time of others.
While you’ve probably been told that you’re a blank canvas that the photographer will use to mould his image in, having some imagination and experimenting with some poses will help the photographer (unless they’re totally being controlling – in which case, just go with what they want). Model 101 poses will get boring pretty fast, so move around, be a little creative!
4. Know your lighting.
If you’re shooting in a studio, try to pay attention to where the photographer places their lights. Once you have that down, avoid turning away from the light, or putting things between your face and the light, as it’ll cast a shadow on you. If you’re unsure as to where your main light is, make sure to ask! It shows initiative, and helps you understand your movements better.
Be confident, and have fun at your first shoot! Learn more about the power of confidence at John Robert Powers.