Model Preparation Before the Session

The information below is an excerpt from my more detailed post: “Information Packet for New Models”

Something that most new models don’t realize is that the camera will pick up every little detail – the good as well as the bad – especially on close up portraits, so it’s very helpful and appreciated if a model will do what she can to maximize the good, and lessen the not so good.

  1. If you need to take care of any facial hair – do it at least two days before the session. This allows the redness to go away from plucked hairs.
  2. If it’s chapped lip season, make sure you use plenty of lip balm a couple of days before, and leading up to the session. Same with dry skin, use moisturizer to keep your skin healthy looking.
  3. Get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcoholic beverages the night before – lack of sleep and alcohol will make the blood vessels in your eyes stick out for a major case of bloodshot eyes!
  4. Of course, brush and floss teeth and don’t eat anything until after the session is over.
  5. Wear loose fitting clothing to the session.  Tight fitting clothing can leave “red welts” where it fits the tightest that could be visible after changing into your session wardrobe.
  6. Be sure the clothing you’ll be wearing for the session is clean and free of stains, rips, lint and pet hairs.
  7. Don’t forget to bring your makeup and beauty accessories that you might need. (I provide a mirror)
  8. Make sure your nails are “clean”. Again, closeups will reveal every little detail!

HAVE FUN! Shooting these are a lot of fun, so relax and enjoy the time!