22 Sep

Going into your first test shoot can be intimidating because you don’t know what to expect. Here’s a bit of advice to help calm your nerves and avoid that deer-in-the-headlights look. A photo shoot is not difficult. It’s a lot like your first job interview and you should be well prepared.

  1. Make sure you bring the bare essentials. Nude undergarments are most important. Bring a few different bras and panties in black, white and nude colors. Also pack some pasties or nipple covers just in case. Make sure you have a pair of heals as well as some flats if they are not provided.
  2. Look through magazines to get an idea of what good poses look like. Then take lots of selfies. Find attractive poses, angles, and faces. The photographer is going to be focusing on your eyes.
  3. Practice in front of the mirror. Take photos of yourself and see what works and doesn’t work. Imagine being in front of a photographer and change your pose every time you hear the camera click. You don’t have to wait for the photographer to tell you to move or pose a certain way.
  4. Practice pretty model hands. Try poses with relaxed natural hands. Hands in awkward positions will make the whole shot look awkward.
  5. Know your assets. You may not know your best assets until after your first shoot and that’s okay. Figure out what your most unique and beautiful features are and utilize them. If your lips are extraordinary, try different lip poses and see what looks best.
  6. Find out who will be on the shoot. It’s always a good idea to bring a chaperone or a best friend especially if it’s someone you’ve never worked with before. Feel free to bring a hair stylist, MUA, clothing stylist or whomever you need as long as they are not provided by the host. Make sure that you are not going to be alone with someone you don’t know. Trust your instincts. A good friend on set can help you relax.
  7. Relax. It’s normal to be nervous but don’t let that keep you from being yourself in a weird situation. Use your nervous energy to your benefit. Maybe meet the photographer for coffee before the shoot if you have the option so you can get to know the person you’re working with. They will want to get to know you too so they can bring out the best qualities of your personality.
  8. Be organic. Be constantly in motion. Don’t hold a pose too long. Try to be natural and fluid. Don’t think about the next pose, just do it.
  9. Don’t think too much. If you are overthinking, it will show in the final images.
  10. Take direction. The photographer will know how to direct you and you should be able to listen and execute the poses they tell you. ASk the photographer if you can see the photos on a break so you can see how your movements are translating through the camera.

Simple is always better. Look at agency websites and the models they have. They will all look like natural candid poses, like they are not posing at all. This will take some practice but most importantly, just be yourself.

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