How to Prepare For Your Photo Shoot

A good friend of mine had a photo shoot last month for her new e book that was coming out. She was doing her own hair and makeup for her shoot and was really nervous about looking good for new photos. She had all the usual worries I hear from my clients: a few blemishes that magically showed up the morning of the shoot, dark circles under her eyes from being too anxious to sleep the night before, and worried about not doing her makeup well and looking like a clown. The other worry I hear is not having enough makeup on and looking washed out.

One of my strengths that I bring to my clients is a calm and nurturing energy, to help them relax in front of the camera and to feel confident. As I couldn’t be with her for her shoot, I gave her a little confidence pep talk through the phone. Part of my stress reducing pep talk was that I shared with her what she could do to prepare for her photo shoot, and what she could do to make her makeup look great on camera but also feel true to her natural style. Today I’m going to share with you my top 5 tips for how to prepare for your photo or video shoot, and next week I’ll share with you some beauty tips to make sure your makeup shows up on camera but stays true to your style.

1. Get a good night’s sleep the night before your shoot. I know sometimes you can feel super anxious about your photos or video coming out well, or what you’re going to say, or how you’re going to look, but quiet those anxious thoughts and go to bed at a decent hour. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, meditate before bedtime to quiet your thoughts, read an inspiring poem, or have your loved one give you a massage to give you some TLC. You want to feel refreshed and show up at your best for your clients who will be enjoying your beautiful photos or inspiring video.

2. Pick out your complete outfits at least a week before, and try them on together to make sure everything fits well and flows together. There’s nothing worse than panicking the morning of a shoot not knowing what to wear or finding out that the beautiful Anthropologie blouse you picked up last month doesn’t flatter your shape and move as well as it did in the store. Also, bring more changes of clothes than you think you need. Sometimes colors or patterns may not compliment your environment or background, or be too distracting for your viewer.

3. Decide how you’re going to do your makeup and hair and do a trial run at least a week before. You also don’t want to make this decision on the morning of. Now is not the time to try the black winged eyeliner that looks so cool on Lana Del Rey if you’ve never worn it before. Take a photo of yourself with your iphone with and without the flash. Bonus points if you can take it in a similar situation to what you’ll be shooting in. You want to make sure your features stand out and your foundation doesn’t flash back in the camera and give you a ghostly white complexion. Your photographer may not be using flash, but better to be safe than sorry!

4. Hydrate and take good care of your skin at least 2 weeks before. I know sometimes we can get really busy and not take as good of care of our skin as we should, but if you want to be zit free this is really important. If you can get a gentle facial 1-2 weeks prior your skin would be so grateful! Or simply making sure you wash all your makeup off and cleanse your skin really good before bedtime, using a good moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, and wearing SPF to keep it protected from the sun. Don’t overdo it with the exfoliators either. If you dry out and exfoliate your skin too much you can cause your skin to overproduce oil and pores can become clogged, leading to the dreaded zits.

5. Eat a filling, healthy breakfast in the morning. When I have a big event coming up, especially if I have to leave early in the morning to get there, my first thought is to eat a protein bar in the car or just get through the morning on coffee. I’ve learned that if this is all I feed my body in the morning, I am jittery, unable to concentrate, tired, and feeling hunger aches all morning that keep me from performing at my best. Take some time to make yourself a healthy breakfast that will fill your tummy, keep hunger pains and growls away, and give you fuel to kick ass at your photo shoot and be your most beautiful and confident self.

My top tips to help you prepare for your photo shoot will help you feel less stressed and anxious about your big day, and help you look and feel your best. I’d love to hear from you what tips have helped you prepare for a photo or video shoot, and what’s kept you from stressing out about being in front of the camera. Leave me a comment below to share your tips, or if you have a question about an upcoming shoot you have. I love hearing from all of you! And if you liked this post, please share with your friends!