of these tips are general photo tips. Others are specific
to showing your body.
Rest - Get enough rest for several days prior to the shoot.
Schedule - Show up on time and maintain a consistent personal
structured schedule that ensures proper rest which will show
up in your eyes.
Puffy eyes - Ice! ....tea bags dipped in ice water and
placed on your eyes for 10 minutes. Some people say that cucumber
slices also work, and so does Preparation H (no kidding).
4) Water - Drinking water before a shoot reduces vascularity.
There are a variety of ways to shed water from not drinking
it to sweating it out by running the morning of a shoot. But,
then you risk dehydration. Only you can know your body. Control
your water intake within 24 - 36 hours prior to a shoot. Do
not drink any alcohol within 24 to 48 hours, it affects your
skin and how you'll show up in images.
Avoid Sodium - anything high in sodium will
make you retain water and make you puffy and/or loose your
definition. Read the labels on all your food products! Beyond
table salt, foods such as fish, some rice cakes, and even
liquid eggs can have high sodium content. Some models and
bodybuilders before a shoot or a competition will drink appx
6 oz of red wine to enhance vascularity.
Tan - Do not tan within 48 hours regardless if it's natural,
electric, or spray. Tans can be beautiful and enhance the
look in images, but not all images. For fitness photoshoots
it's essential. Any other shoot you should first check with
the photographer. If it's for your own shoot then you'll decide.
When you tan, ensure that it's consistent and even. Tan lines
and red marks do not enhance the look. If you use the electric
beach, then move and shift throughout the tanning by lifting
your arms and bending your legs to avoid the half moons. Always
use a moisturizer after tanning and on a regular basis to
protect your skin.
are very good self tanning products available.
Experiment to become familiar with the ultimate final look.
Don't try an unknown product just before a photoshoot.
can leave spotty or inconsistent color if not evenly applied, or
ultimately look too orange. Most require several
hours for the tan to develop, or need a day to settle so
you can wash the next day for better consistency, particularly
with the joints, fingers, ears and eyes.
local tanning salons have Mystic
Tan either in the automated
spray booth, or where someone manually sprays you. I've
seen good and bad results,
which is why you shouldn't
do anything within 48 hours of a photoshoot.
You will need at least 1 to 2 days for it to wash off
enough to look good.
here for some skin care products Newer tanning
products are regularly being released such as from Neutrogena
and Loreal that
are not shown on the link with micro-mists that can apply
a good color. But have someone help you spray it on to ensure
1) electric tan; 2) moisturizes with self tanners; 3) spray
tan in a can from the drug store; 4) professional tanning
products (sprays and/or wipe-on); 5) spray tan from a professional
at either a tanning salon or makeup artist.
Stage competitors use dark products like ProTan which is bad
for a photoshoot, but good for competitions. Models and bodybuilders
also use JanTana
products which can be good for stage competitions and/or photoshoots,
depending which product you use. There is a difference between
"color" versus "tan"
products. There are numerous products to avoid because they
produce inconsistent or awkward color, especially around the
eyes, face and joints when inconsistently applied, which is
why sprays tend to be better
than rub-ons. I've recently seen some of the
spray-on tans produce very good results. Conversely I've seen
horrible results. And, what some people think looks good,
can be horrible on camera. Everyone you ask will give you
a different opinion. If you're unsure, ask the photographer.
If you have a tattoo
that needs to be covered, then use this tattoo
cover-up product from JanTana before getting
you show up for the shoot with reddish skin, or odd color,
or in a condition that isn't ideal for shooting then we'll
have to reschedule.
- Is all dependent on if you're doing a fitness, artistic
or personal shoot. Please do not cut the hair on your head
within the week prior to a shoot. For body hair, please ask
the photographer before you decide to shave. Each look is
different. In some cases, body hair is preferred. Other times,
it's better shaved to show muscularity. Fitness shoots generally
require a shaved body. Do not shave your pubic hair! For underarms
trim slightly, never shaved. Facial hair should be shaved
or trimmed for your normal everyday look. Ultimately remember
that shaving or removing hair can cause redness or bumps.
So, know your body to ensure a clean shave.
Razon Burn - if your skin gets red after shaving it can
be immediately resolved by using the product Tend
use Witch Hazel
from the local drug store. A combination of the 2 is even
Skin Care - Keep your skin clean and clear. When drying
always pat dry, don't rub. Patting is gentle on the skin and
minimizes stretching. Always apply moisturizer within a few
minutes of stepping out of the shower.
are two products that I found to be nothing short of amazing
for clean pores and clear skin:
soap. It's in a sky blue box if you have acne.
Otherwise, the alternative is Caress' "Nature Silk"
bar soap in a light pink box which helps to ensure you don't
clog skin pores.
Clear Confidence skin care body wash. It's in a
clear bottle with mint green cap that you apply in the shower
AFTER washing with soap. Let it sit for one minute before
3) Afterwards apply a moisturizer such as Aveeno's
24-hour moisturizer which doesn't leave a shine
or oil residue, plus it lasts all day, which is a a rare combination
of 3 ideal characteristics.
Most can be found at the local drug store. Target
and Wal-Mart are cheapest. Costco
has the absolute best price for Aveeno. The alternative is
- Dont rub. It stretches the skin and leads to wrinkles
while grinds whatever is irritating your eye in the first
place. Use artificial tears.
- Do not eat within one to two hours of the shoot. Some models
choose to keep a very lean diet on the day of, or several
days prior to a shoot. If you normally tend to be fitness
conscious, then additional diet information is not necessary.
Pay attention to your body. Carb depleting can certainly do
things to prepare you for a shoot or competition, but it can
also make you tired and grumpy, both of which will negatively
impact your success. There are a few times that I've seen
fitness pros like Luke
Guldan actually eat on the day of his
shoot and we put him on the cover!
- Stick to your regular workout. It's ok to workout on the
morning of a shoot. But, don't go direct from the gym to the
shoot, since working out increases blood flow, thus engorging
the muscles and reducing vascularity. Conversely, doing cardio
before a shoot can be bad. Although the cardio makes you more
vascular, It reduces size and shape. Tyler and John S can
- On the day of your shoot, don't wear tight clothing or elastic,
such as socks or underwear, which can leave indented lines
in your skin that take hours to disappear. Also, wear sandals,
not shoes. Do not wear sun glasses the
day of the shoot! Glasses leave marks on your nose.
What to Bring to the Shoot
- Bring a valid government-issued photo ID. Also bring
a variety of clothes, hair brush, skin products, snack. Avoid
clothes with logos. If you have a particular hobby, bring
your gear and/or clothes associated with it.
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