Here are a few tips to help you avoid some common pitfalls. If you've been shooting regularly you already know most of these but some are specific to my style.
- Make sure I know about tattoos, so I can have makeup ready
- Minimize tan lines and pale body parts.
Three days before the shoot:
- Take care of your skin. Avoid sun exposure, tanning salons. Use sunscreen on your neck and bare shoulders to avoid strap lines.
- Avoid getting cuts and bruises.
- Stay moisturized.
48 hours before the shoot:
- Get some moderate exercise.
- Get rid of body hair in your normal fashion. Do this more than two days before the shoot if it normally takes longer for your skin to recover. Don’t experiment with a new method; you won’t know the recovery time.
- Exfoliate dry skin, don’t forget your feet. Exfoliate lips if needed.
- If this is your first nude shoot get a restful sleep tonight. You may be a too excited the night before the shoot to get enough rest.
24 hours before the shoot:
- Avoid staining your teeth: tea, coffee, cigarettes; they all show up on the image.
- Pack your stuff. Bring moisturizer, a snack, makeup, robe/cover-up. For a list of items many models bring, see my blog post Model’s Survival Kit
- Avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol. Eat sensibly.
- Stretch. Stay limber.
- Stay active enough to burn off any excess energy before bedtime, but don’t do any marathon workouts today. Stay hydrated. Get a full night's rest if you can.
Day of the shoot
- Don't wear anything tight on the way over. It can take over an hour for elastic lines to fade. This includes socks and jeans! This avoids elastic lines on your skin. You can bring lingerie for the warm-up shoot, but don't wear it until we're ready to use it.
- Bring a government-issued photo ID that shows your date of birth (Driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) Bring a second form of ID (Other photo ID, birth certificate, student ID, etc.)
- Moisturize feet, elbows, hands, anywhere that could get dry -- you'd be surprised the difference small details make.
- Navigation: Get in touch if you're lost, don't be embarrassed, just ask.
- Please let me know ASAP if you're going to be late or can't make it, please don't be a no-show without saying.
- Phone: Keep to a minimum as we work. If you need to make a call, ask to take a break.
What to bring
- Bring your makeup to the shoot in case of touchup.
- Bring a few pretty outfits for warmup. Something you might wear to a wedding usually works well.
- Bring a robe, sweater, or other coverup; helpful if you get cold or if we're shooting outdoors and lose our privacy.
- Bring some items that can be worn as a focal point of an otherwise nude photo: a scarf, hat, gloves, shoes, even an open shirt worn on it's own.
- Musical instruments
- Anything old, whether it is roller skates, a tea service, or croquet set.
Makeup & Grooming:
General: The camera sees every detail. Makeup should be applied sparingly and blended well to look natural. Unless we're shooting a makeup ad, the look should be about you not the makeup. Stay away from sparkles, they just like like white dots in photos.
Skin: Use only as much foundation as you need. The same thing goes for concealer.
Lips: pinks are better than red. Lip liner should blend naturally.
Eyes: You can be a little more dramatic with eyeliner, shadow, and mascara.
Nails: fingernails and toenails trim and smooth. Nail polish color should be light and not bright. Pale pink, beige, French, buff, etc. are all great.
Hair: Please don't try anything drastic with your hair. You need to show up looking the way you looked in the portfolio images you used to book this shoot.
Recommended/Not Recommended Makeup:
Eye Shadow Yes
Eye liner Yes
Nail polish Yes
False Eyelashes Optional
Lip Liner Optional
Hair Color See above
Colored Contacts No