How to get prepared before a photo shoot

Being in the Fashion Industry specifically the modeling industry had taught me a lot of tricks and tips to get prepared better for shoots or shows. 20 years had taught me that the better prepared the less stress, and getting prepared the night before had helped me to gain control of my next day performance. I will guide you through some tips and preparation the day before your big performance and how to get prepared before a photo shoot.

Me trying to get my dress right…upssss!


Getting prepared the night before a photo shoot makes everything easy for the next day…

For the skin:

  • If you have any makeup from the day before, remove thoroughly the night before to ensure all makeup residue is gone. You need a fresh new canvas which is your face for the new makeup.
  • Do a facial mask, I will recommend this one as my favorite Dead Sea Mud Mask
  • Add moisturizer to seal the skin


  •   Wash the hair the night before unless otherwise directed.
  •   Hair needs to be clean and product free so new hairstyle at the shooting can be achieved.

Body Hair:

  • Make sure that you shave or wax before any shoot.
  • The areas to be trimmed are legs, underarms, upper lip and bikini line.
  • Your eyebrows need to be trimmed.


  • D0 a mini-manicure the night before so nails look clean.
  • Nails should be without any polish unless directed otherwise.

Model’s Tote:

  • Prepare it the night before that way you will have everything set up in the morning.

Get to know your crew team:

  • You must know the names of the people you are working before your arrival. Check your emails to get who is who and if you’re not good with names like me put it on your cell phone or a piece of paper.

Get in bed on time:

  • Get a full sleep of 8 hours and plenty of water to hydrate your skin.

Always confirm:

  • If you’re with an agency always confirm beforehand, if not make a call or email directly so that way they know you are up to the shoot and that they are confirming back with the last minute’s details if there is some. Always ask what do you need to bring.


Getting hair and makeup retouched…

Some other tips that could help you during the shoot:

  • Before you leave your house do a double-check on your model’s tote and everything you need for the shoot.
  • Bring a sweater, sometimes the studios are pretty cold.
  • Always get on time, no excuses.
  • Be professional, but relax during the shoot.
  • Model from your head to your toes, you don’t want your photos to end like a passport photo.
  • Connect with the camera at all times.
  • Confidence is the key.
  • Don’t be afraid to be creative, that will make you stand from the rest.
  • Play around with your space, that will make a photo a great photo.
  • The “behind the scenes” is not that glamorous, but the final product will be. Think about that when posing and performing for the camera.

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