The Do’s & Don’ts of Getting Ready for Your Next Boutique Fashion Photo Shoot
Whether you are an established boutique clothing model or you would like to become an online fashion model there are a few essentials that go along with prepping for a professional clothing photo shoot and what a boutique owner will expect from you.
Since I am part of the team working with online boutique owner Samantha at Blue Layne to help get her models ready for their photo shoots, we thought it would be a good idea to put all the information in one easy spot for y’all.
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5 ways boutique models prep for an upcoming photoshoot
Before The Scheduled Photo Session
Get enough sleep. This is a must. Your body is the tool that you use to for your craft. You have to take care of it. A long night out of partying before a photo shoot IS going to show in your pictures. Get enough sleep to ensure that you look fresh and rested.
Drink Water/Eat Healthy. Healthy food and water nourishes your body, skin, hair and nails. Again, part of taking care of yourself and showing up at your best for your job. And passing out from lack of food or dehydration is not professional.
Have Your Hair Touched Up. Keeping your hair in tip top shape on a regular schedule is important to be photo ready. Fresh color, cut and extensions (if your boutique owner requests them) are part of the beauty maintenance to stay photo shoot ready.
Get A Spray Tan. 1-2 days before your scheduled shoot get a spray tan. Make sure you are going to an experienced spray tan artist who is using a top quality spray tan solution. Go a little darker than you usually would for your color because of the lights and possible bright sunlight during the shoot.
Make sure that you are showering off the bronzer BEFORE the photo shoot.
Sunless tanning products have a cosmetic color guide in them. Basically bronzer. This can rub off onto clothing and does stain (permanently) some types of fabrics.
Your boutique owner does not want their sample clothing covered in sunless tanning bronzers. This is unprofessional and costs the boutique owner as they need to have the items cleaned or replaced to be able to use them for additional photo shoots at a later time.
Have Your Nails Done. Always have your nails done in a neutral shade to compliment any clothing. Nude, light tan, pale pink. Fingers and Toes, chipped polish and broken nails are a NO NO.
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Model Poses for Beginners
If you are a new boutique model or you need to freshen up your poses try researching natural lifestyle poses on Pinterest and looking at Instagram blogger photos! 😊 then practice your poses in the mirror while listening to Britney the day before the shoot 😊
The Day Of The Photo Shoot:
3 Tips For Looking Like A Pro
Be punctual: A boutique clothing photo shoot actually takes a team. There is the clothing buyer, the model, the photographer, and the beauty team. If you are late you are not just affecting yourself but everyone on the team. Plan on arriving 15 min early to get yourself touched up and ready to start shooting on time.
Have your hair done. Your boutique owner will let you know if they prefer straight or curled or if you need extensions for volume. Either way arrive with your hair done unless you have been instructed that there will be a stylist.
Makeup. This can go either way. Some boutique owners want you to do your own makeup. This means to arrive at the photo shoot ready to go with a full face, lashes, bronzer and highlighter.
There may be a makeup artist as part of the team, if so then arrive with a clean face and that means ALL of your makeup OFF for the makeup artist. No yesterday’s mascara for the makeup artist to have to remove. This delays everyone.
Keep in mind that the shoot may be long, and in that case even if there is a makeup artist you should be prepared to touch up, and even change your lip color for the outfits you are wearing.
What to pack in your model bag or kit for the photo shoot:
Model Bag Essentials
9 Items Professional Boutique Fashion Models Carry In Their Model Kit
Pro Tip: Having a well-organized model bag will make your job so much easier and also let your boutique owner know that you are a professional and take your job seriously.
A well stocked rolling travel bag makes it easy for you to pack and transport your necessary items to shoots.
Model Makeup Kit
Makeup: HD or photo friendly foundation, concealer, bronzer, eye palates, liner, mascara, and lips. You never know when you will need a touch up or something will happen with the makeup artist. Always arrive prepared.
Undergarments: Good fitting regular and strapless bras, in nude and black. Seamless and smooth undergarments area a must. NO lace or bright colors which can easily show through clothing. Nude, white and black tank tops.
Shoes: Black heels and nude heels (or any other shoes your owner may have requested)
Hair Products: hair spray, brush, bobby pins, elastics, flat iron, curling iron, hair extensions.
Body Products: Clear deodorant (so you are not getting white marks on dark clothing), moisturizer, makeup remover wipes
Bottled Water/Snack: Something lite and healthy to keep you going in case the shoot runs over.
Cell Phone/Charger: Remember to put your cell phone on silent while you are working.
Accessories: Again asking your boutique owner, but having a few accessories on hand is always a good idea. Sunglasses, a coffee, purse, jewelry.
***Always ask your boutique owner if there are any specific wardrobe or shoe requirements for the photo shoots***
Photo shoots run on a schedule and you as the model need to be able to move quickly changing outfits (without getting makeup or bronzer on anything) so that you can keep the photographer shooting and not wasting time waiting. The more organized you are the smoother the shoot will run and your boutique owner will view you as a professional team member.
Also if you have a suggestion during the shoot speak up. We won’t turn down suggestions to make our photos look like perfection!!!
I hope this helps when you are getting organized for your next boutique clothing photo shoot.
- Clothing by Blue Layne Boutique
- Photos by Emily Martin
- Spray Tan by SunSpray by Kathryn
- Makeup by Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio
- Photoshoot Location Levis Commons Perrysburg, Ohio
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