This isn’t really a tip, it’s more common sense. It’s probably better that you don’t turn up to your photoshoot after a late night out especially after a few drinks, best not to have bags under your eyes and that hungover look! Rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photoshoot.
1. “Clothes maketh the man” – Mark Twain. What you wear will play its part in the message that you are conveying so choose wisely! Whatever you choose to wear make sure that it’s clean and ironed in preparation for your shoot. Lint and wrinkle free. Generally It’s best to avoid strong busy patterns, these are distracting. You should also think about bringing a change of clothing.
2. Grooming… Hair, don’t get a new style the day before the shoot, this can lead to tears. If you are getting your hair cut it’s probably best to get that done a week or so before hand, gives it a chance to grow out a bit and look natural. Make sure that you have nothing stuck to your teeth and maybe bring a good lip balm as chapped lips are not a good look. Always check that your makeup looks fresh and bring powder as it helps the photographer avoid shine. Guys if you shave the morning of the shoot, go gently, as a shaving rash can be difficult to deal with. Also don’t forget your hands and nails.
3. Hunger Pangs… If you are going to be involved in the shoot for a while it’s maybe a good idea to have a lite snack beforehand (remember to check your teeth after) to keep your energy levels up and take a bottle / glass of water with you. Stay clear of chocolate or coloured items / drinks, etc. You don’t want coloured lips, tongue, etc.
4. Props, Location and Communicates… Planning is key to your shoot going smoothly, it’s best not to asume that someone else is handling the details, better to make sure. Who is sourcing props, locations, are the locations tidy and ready to be used? Has the style of images been conveyed to the photographer beforehand? Don’t be shy about asking your photographers advice, they are there to help.
5. Photoshop Please… Contrary to popular belief, Photoshop doesn’t have a magic button to fix all problems but with a bit of preparation a lot of time and expense can be avoided.
6. The last one… Have fun!