How to get prepared for a photo shoot?

You are wondering what to bring or how to prepare for a photo shoot or commercial project!

If you are serious about your modelling, these are the basic requirements before you go for a casting or a photography project.



Get a good night sleep of at least 8 hours!

This advice can go for anyone before a photo shoot really. Sleep does magic tricks for you: you would have more energy, your skin feels and looks better, your under-eye’s gets lighter.

Never tell a photographer to fix your mistake in post-production if you didn't do your preparation.


Drink Water and stay away from alcohol

At least 3 days prior to your casting or photography project, drink 3 liters of water each day and stay away from alcohol. It helps your skin bright and soft for the day.


Moisturise and exfoliate your skin...

... the night before the session. The best way to go is to use a light scrub and a moisturising mask after. It would get rid of any flaky skin and unevenness and the moisture that plump up your skin, it calms any redness down, so any makeup would look better.



Practice in front of the mirror. Try different face expressions and body poses and see which ones are looking the best. Try to avoid cheesy poses as they are not suitable for a professional model portfolio. Think of a story you want to tell and try to achieve it in your pose.

For each photo shoot, you should receive a mood-board that would give you some ideas of the project or photo shoot. Study the poses, expression and style of the mood-board.


Don't be late!

Firstly because it causes further delays, secondly the team members might be potential people to hire you for future jobs, and you don’t want to give a wrong impression!



to the photographer directions. Even if you have your ‘pretty side of the body or best side of the face’, keep in mind that he’s the professional who understand lighting and poses and his experience lets you know what would look the best. Be flexible and easy to adapt, so the photo session will flow according to the plan without any disruptions.

Come well prepared

Always have some of your personal clothes. Sometimes wardrobe would be provided and sometimes you would have to bring all the clothes yourself. But those are a must haves at all times:

For woman:

  • Nude and black underwear (it’s good to have a good push-up bra)
  • Strapless bra (better nude)
  • A little black dress
  • Nice tight jeans (not too worn up looking)
  • Black or tan pants
  • Few T-shirts and  tops
  • Shorts
  • Black high heels
  • Sandals, low heel shoes (black or tan)
  • Accessories (bring some of the bigger jewellery, scarves, hats- whatever you have in your collection- it can certainly ‘make’ the look)
  • Socks
  • Leather or jeans jacket
  • Bathing suit (one-piece or two-pieces according to your figure)

For men:

  • Couple of polo-shirts (in few different colours)
  • T-shirts (white, black and couple in different colours)
  •  Nice jeans
  • Suit
  • White and 2-4 coloured shirts to wear under the suit
  • Accessories (a nice and new looking belt, few ties that would go with a suit and shirts, watch, sun glasses, hats, jewellery if you have some)
  • Black or tan colour shoes
  • Tennis shoes  
  • Socks
  • Swim shorts

Photo by Emily Sea | Jean-Pierre Brungs | Kinga Cichewicz | Pontus Ohlsson | nick-karvounis | ANDRIK LANGFIELD PETRIDES


Kamal Mostofi