Preparation, planning, and awareness are key for you to have a productive photo shoot that leads to high-quality pictures. Here are some professional suggestions for beginners to plan out and execute a successful shoot:
Avoid plain black or white clothing colors, as they may cause lighting trouble. Wearing these colors may result in contrast problems with finished prints even if a professional photographer is able to work with these extremities of contrast. We recommend wearing colors closer to your skin tone, as this will help accentuate your natural features and complexion.
Learn to compensate for certain noticeable features, such as the length of your neck. A V-neck will make the neck appear longer and slimmer while a round neckline will shorten it. A collar frames the face well without taking away length from your neck, and as such, is the most popular clothing selection. Plan your outfit accordingly, remembering that a turtleneck is totally unflattering during a photo shoot and must be avoided at all times.
Subdued / No Patterns:
Avoid bold colors and crazy or intricate patterns, as they provide a distraction both during the photo shoot and on the finished photograph.
Avoid distracting accessories. If you have pierced ears, wear studs or small hoops. No matter how much you love your gold necklace, remember it will take the focus away from your face.
If you wear glasses or are using them as a prop for the photo shoot, take the lenses out of the frames and only wear the frames. Lenses can cause a glare or reflect the flash, ruining perfectly good shots.
Wear something that makes you feel great and relaxed and at the same time emphasizes your best assets. Do not come overdressed if it makes you uncomfortable and do not attempt to wear the latest trend if it clashes with who you are.
Jeans are a little too casual for photo shoots; more formal attire is often necessary. Jeans do not offer the necessary sophistication sought by most casting agents and do not make you look as stunning as dressy attire.
Unless you are going for a very specific part, avoid wearing leather clothing, as it is cliche and unflattering.
No Jean Jackets:
Tactless and tacky, they make you look outdated.
It is very important that when you take photographs, there is NO WRITING ON YOUR SHIRT or any other article of clothing. You are not making an advertisement for a brand yet. This goes for auditions as well.
Remember, the focus should be on your face and make-up must be applied in moderation. Get your hair and make-up done by a professional if you can afford it, but doing your own make-up is sufficient if you follow these guidelines:
Use a high quality base that covers without caking. You want your natural skin tones to show.
Do not cover up the features that make you unique. Don't conceal your freckles or mole; these features make you stand apart from the crowd and are a part of who you are. Generally, these features are an alluring element and help get you noticed.
Apply eyeliner sparingly with a brush, using very little on the lower lid. Again, the principle is to not take attention away from your face while accenting your features.
You want to frame your face, so if your hair is long and straight, give it some body to accentuate your face.
Pimples and blemishes:
Use make-up to conceal slight imperfections and blemishes on your face. If you cannot conceal them without wearing too much make-up, do not panic. Your photographer can retouch your photographs.
Do not cut your hair right before a shoot. You may not like your new look and the haircut will not look completely natural the next day. Give your hair at least a week to grow into your new haircut and relax before a shoot.
For Men Only:
A light coat of powder will help even out your skin tones. Otherwise, use make-up very sparingly.
Dark beards usually get accentuated in photos, so some men may want to use a little cream base to slightly lighten their beard.
Taking the best photographs requires you being completely at ease and relaxed during the shoot, so do whatever you can to soothe yourself and ensure your session flows as smoothly and organically as possible.Sound:
Bring some music that eases your mind and makes you happy, as opposed to something that unnaturally pumps you up. It is easier to go from relaxed to energetic than vice versa.
Bring several fashions with you to the shoot and alternate between them to change your look and your feel.
Make sure that you are energized and not hungry during the shoot, but do not eat a huge meal right before your appointment. Eat a few hours before you begin shooting and bring something to drink to the shoot. Needless to say, do not consume alcoholic beverages before the shoot, even if you feel nervous.
Scents can have a dramatic effect on your mood, so if you have a cologne or perfume that boosts your confidence and makes you feel great, use it. If you have a scented candle or certain incense that soothes you, bring it along.
Have a close friend or significant other come with you to the shoot. They will provide wonderful reinforcement and bring a familiar element, helping you feel more confident and at ease.
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