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Preparing for a model shoot

modelling jobsMake sure you are professional from day one when you are an aspiring model, and you will greatly increase your chances of success. This article gives tips and advice on how to make sure you’re prepared for a test of professional modelling shoot.

Be prepared

Once you’re on the road (or train, or plane), it’ll be too late to go home for anything you’ve forgotten. So pack well in advance, giving you plenty of time to make sure you have everything you’ll need (more on what you’ll need below).

Ask the client about any special requirements

Find out as much as you can from the client about the kind of shoot it is, and if there is anything in particular you need to bring.

Your model kit

At most modelling shoots, clothes and make-up will be provided, but if you can have a kit with the following items ready, you will have all bases covered, with a good chance of something coming in handy. If you can come to the rescue, you’ll be sure to be considered favourably for work from that client again!

Clothing for modelling

Listed below are the essentials for any model’s wardrobe. Many of these things will be provided at the photo-shoot, but you must be prepared to provide some or all of these elements yourself.

  • Casual outfit (jeans, t-shirt, knitted top, shorts)
  • Business suit
  • Sports outfit
  • Flattering Lingerie
  • Swimwear (bikini and one piece)
  • Props such as men’s neckties, hats, jackets, scarves
  • Flesh tone underwear including g-string and bra (to eliminate lines showing under clothing)
  • Tights / hold-ups in a variety of colours
  • Socks in different colours, including black and white
  • Variety of bras, including push-up
  • A robe to wear between changes
  • A scarf to stop make-up damaging clothing
  • A travel iron or steamer

Accessories for modelling

You should have a range of accessories at your disposal, preferably matched to each outfit.

  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Wristwatch

Shoes for modelling

As with accessories, you should have a variety of shoes, that should match your outfits. Don’t forget to think outside the box when it comes to matching shoes with outfits – for example, why not high heels with jeans or swimwear?

  • Several pairs of dress shoes
  • High heels
  • White jogging shoes
  • Boots
  • Sandals

Hair for modelling

You need to arrive at a modelling photo-shoot with your hair as natural as possible; the stylist won’t be impressed if they have to work with hair that’s solid with hairspray. However, you should be ready to style your hair, in case it’s needed.

  • Combs and brushes
  • A curling iron
  • Hair rollers
  • Hair straighteners
  • Headbands
  • Shaving cream and sharp razors
  • Other hair products

Make-up and facial products for modelling

Even though your shoot will probably have a professional make-up artists, you should bring some basic facial products.

  • Moisturiser
  • Cottonballs and swabs
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline
  • Skin cleanser
  • Several shades of lip colour

Nails for modelling

In any photograph, the eyes is drawn towards the areas with the brightest colours – especially red. So make sure you keep that in mind when choosing your nail colour.

  • Nail file
  • Neutral nail polish
  • Nail polish remover