People book photo shoots for a variety of reasons and these reasons can be as varied as the people who decide to get their picture taken. There are many reasons as to why people prepare for a photo shoot:

  • Professional headshots can help you stand out from the crowd, so many people decide to book photoshoots to get a head-up (so to speak!) in their field.
  • Models looking to break out in the industry need a professional portfolio ready-to-go.
  • Couples that want to document a special event, such as an anniversary, wedding, birthday, party or other event want to make sure that the photos look as amazing as possible.
  • Corporations want to document the fundraisers, expos, events, or functions they attend or host.
  • Teenagers are always looking for that perfect yearbook or Instagram photo.
  • And the list goes on…

Whatever your purpose is for scheduling a photo shoot, you want to make sure that you look and feel your best at the time of the shoot. Many people ask us how exactly they should prepare for a photo shoot, so we’ve made this simple and easy-to-follow list that will help you get the most out of your appointment. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first or your fourth shoot! Follow these tips to prepare for a photo shoot.

Talking with the Photographer

Obviously you’ll want to choose a photographer whose work you admire. After you decide which photographer you’ll be performing the shoot with, you’ll want to ask a few questions related to the shoot.

  • What equipment is necessary for the type of photo you want? Light painting, event photography, and underwater photography all require different sets of equipment, so make sure that the photographer you have in mind possesses all the necessary equipment to make the shoot happen.
  • Discuss what inspirations you may have in mind with the photographer. This can be lighting, setting, types of poses, props, and any other variables you may have in mind. Remember: the more the photographer knows, the better.
  • An experienced photographer will also be well equipped to handle any digital photo-editing concerns you may have white wall photo backdropafter the photoshoot is finished. This can be anything from freckle/blemish removal to additional digital effects.
  • Discuss the contract and make sure both parties are in agreement of the terms presented.

Preparing for the Shoot

If the shoot is booked well in-advance for an event such as a wedding, it pays to start preparing early. If you know your wedding shoot is in 4 months and you’d like to look a little leaner, hire a personal trainer and get your diet in check! As a side note: looking great is not the same thing as feeling great. Wearing a confident smile and being comfortable in your own skin looks much better than a model who doesn’t want to be there. Happy and healthy should always be the goal.

To reduce the amount of blemishes and bags under your eyes, try to drink a minimum of 8-12 glasses (8oz) of water a day, while incorporating a healthy diet. This includes all the stuff you don’t see on television commercials, such as vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts, and legumes. Cutting out sugary, processed foods and soda really go a long way when you are trying to look and feel your best.

One Month Out

Discuss final payment options, the location of the shoot, and possible wardrobe changes. How long is the shoot going to take? 2 hours? All day? Remember what we said before: the more information, the better. If you are taking headshots, a moisturizing and teeth-whitening routine may be in order. Planning a photoshoot well in advance also gives people motivation to better their lives and overall lifestyles (we’ve heard this many times before!).

One Week Out

Everything should be in order at this point. Maybe it’s time for a quick haircut, a wax (if you’re doing a beach shoot), or a manicure/pedicure. Remember to keep up that healthy water intake and diet. All of your clothes/wardrobe changes should be good-to-go.

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For nervous individuals, we recommend doing a mock photo-shoot with a close friend or family member. The photographer may also be able to work something out with you the week before if you’ve never done a shoot before. Remember that the photographer is there to get the best out of you, so make sure to openly communicate about what you want and expect from the shoot.

Preparing for The Photoshoot

Today’s the day. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t show up hungover. Also, make sure to get a proper amount of sleep (7-8 hours!) and set an alarm. Showing up early for a shoot is – in actuality – showing up on time. Additional concerns and comments can be addressed before the shoot actually begins and a little extra time can help you feel more at-ease. Make sure you’ve brushed your teeth, packed your wardrobe changes, washed your face, and performed any other beauty routines you’re accustomed to. The most important aspect is to be comfortable in your own skin, as that is what truly shines in an authentic photograph. If that means bringing a friend or loved one for support, that shouldn’t be an issue with the photographer.

Photographers Near Me

If you’re ready for your next major photo shoot, contact the pros at Shot in the Dark LLC! We provide exceptional light painting and traditional photography at a price that makes sense. We are also well-versed in photoshoot etiquette, digital editing software, and everything in-between. For examples of our work, take a look at our gallery!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to call Shot in the Dark at (561) 303-4283. You can also visit our contact page to book a shoot or request additional information.