How to Prepare for a Modelling Portfolio Shoot
Find a professional photographer
There are many people out there with decent cameras who call themselves photographers but don’t entrust yourself to just anyone. Do some research online and fine photographers with websites showing lots of work they have done for previous clients. Do their photos look like pictures you’d want to see yourself in?
Book a professional make up artist!
If you don’t know one, ask your photographer if they can recommend people they have used in the past. You really need your hair and make up to be as flawless as possible on the day. Here at Photographed by Helen we have our own trusted stylists and make up artists who we work with regularly.
Have an idea what sort of looks you like?
In the weeks before your shoot date, keep clippings of magazine pictures you love. Start a pinterest board and pin on there as many inspiring fashion images you can so that when you meet your photographer you can show them what images really work for you! This way your shoot will be more of a collaboration than the photographer taking all of the control. Though, we are always happy to give you ideas if you are struggling for inspiration. Here at Photographed by Helen we love to collaborate with you and help you create the right image for you. You are your own product!
Plan your outfits in advance!
Know what you are planning to take with you to wear on your shoot as far in advance as possible and make sure it’s dry cleaned and ready to go well on time. The more calm and prepared you are on the day, the more you can relax and enjoy your shoot. If in doubt as your photographer what outfits might be appropriate? We are always glad to help. We’d say a maximum of 5 outfits. We usually get through 5 in a 3 hour session. It’s often good to have layered items that can be added or subtracted easily to give different looks. But, anything goes as long as you love it.
Look after yourself in the days/weeks before your shoot!
Look after your hair and nails. Get a trim and treat yourself to a manicure. Invest in your product. The little details make a difference in a really polished image. Try to stay clear of alcohol for at least a few days before your shoot so you are looking fresh and gorgeous! If you feel beautiful you will radiate that beauty in your pictures. If you happen to have a break out of spots on the day, no problem, we are after all photoshop experts, these things can easily be disguised.
2 days to go...
We will give you a call or email you to check you are all ready for your shoot. We’ll confirm your times, your Make up artist session and what outfits you are planning to bring so we are all ready for your day!
On the Day of the Shoot...
Prepare all you need the night before. Make sure you have your photographer and make up artists numbers in your phone. Set off early enough to arrive 10 mins before your start time to give you chance to get there and park up without rushing yourself. We want you feeling and relaxed and happy as possible.
Enjoy your shoot!
When you get to your shoot. Relax, listen to your photographer, who is doing their best to make you look as wonderful as possible. Feel free to give suggestions based on the looks you were looking for, again, we love to collaborate. Your session should be enjoyable for all involved.
After the shoot!
After the shoot you will receive your images from your day, now you need to chose! 5 images is usually enough but you may have a lot to chose from Enlist the help of friends and family. At Photographed by Helen we will do a private image viewing session and after that your images will be uploaded to a private online gallery which you can send to your friends and families and they can give you feedback on which images they love best to help you decide. Ultimately the decision is up to you. Pick images that show different aspects of your beauty. When you have decided, most models buy a hardback portfolio folder to display their chosen pictures in. Over the next few years it’s important to keep your portfolio topped up with new pictures so that your image changes as you do.