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What to Expect at a Photoshoot

Updated: Sep 25, 2022

If you've never been to a modelling photoshoot before, it can be overwhelming. But there's no need to worry—keep reading to find out what to expect at a professional photoshoot.

What Kinds of Photoshoots There Are for Models

There are a lot of different kinds of photo shoots for models. The type of shoot depends on who the model is trying to reach and what niche she is in. Examples include:

  • Models who do high fashion

  • Wedding

  • Commercial modelling

  • Photoshoots in lingerie

  • Photo shoots with children

  • Portraits

  • ​Pet portraits

How long does it take to do a photoshoot?

Depending on the type and amount of content needed, shoots can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. It also depends on how quickly the team can work together to come up with the right vision.

Remember that a lot of work goes on before the shoot. A model has to sit for several hours with the clothing fitter, a professional makeup artist, and a hair stylist to get ready before posing in front of the camera.

Where do photo sessions take place?

Most photoshoots happen in a proper studio that was made just for taking high-quality photos. Most of the time, these are in big cities like London and Manchester, close to modelling agencies and big brands.

Photoshoots can happen in different places, like on the beach or in a city.

Getting ready for a photo session

Before a photoshoot, a model has to get ready. This could mean taking care of their own travel and lodging, or the modelling agency could pay for it.

Before the photoshoot, the model will be given a brief that tells her where and when it will happen. You will also be given important information about the shoot, like the brand, the audience, the purpose of the shoot, etc.

You should read this brief carefully because it might have some requests you need to think about. For example, you might be asked to shave or spray tan before a shoot. Make sure to follow these requests, or if you have a problem, bring it up with your modelling agency as soon as possible.

At a photoshoot, it's always a good idea to bring a few personal items just in case something goes wrong. This could mean:

  • A charger for a phone

  • Nude underwear

  • Heels that are easy to walk in

During the shoot

If you are new to modelling, you should try to find some time to work on your poses. You want to try to make the photographer like you as much as possible so they will think about hiring you again.

Every part of your body is important, so think about how you stand and how you move your face. You might have to stand or sit, or you might even have to move (like walking or jumping). It would be a good idea to look at some videos of how professional models do this.

It's great to practice in front of a mirror, but it's much better to practice in front of a camera. Try to get a friend or family member to help you so you can really learn your best angles and features and how to show them off in photos.

Follow your favorite models on social media, especially Instagram, so they can help you get ideas.

If you can, ask the photographer for feedback at the end of the shoot. If you're just starting out, you should welcome any criticism as a chance to learn and get better.

You won't be able to choose which photos the brand picks. Some photographers may show you some of your photos just to help you change how you're standing or what you're doing.

At the end of the photoshoot, ask the photographer or brand manager if you can share some of the photos on social media. Remember that you must ALWAYS ask permission, or you could be breaking your contract or copyright laws.

When the shoot is over

Before you leave, you will be able to change back into your regular clothes and take off your makeup. There may also be a short talk about the photos, how you did, and when the next thing will happen.

You might get a chance to look at some of the digital pictures.

You'll probably be tired. Contrary to what most people think, modelling can be a very tiring job. No matter how tired you are, remember to be kind and polite to everyone. Your ability to connect with other people can make or break your career as a model.

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