So you wanna model

Model: Marques Woolford
Photo by: Platinum Touch Photos

 You take the cutest iphone and Instagram pics before a night out or in your favorite nightie and all your friends are telling how gorgeous you are and how you should model professionally so then you start this journey purely off hype from friends and family. Where do you start? what do you do? are you just cellphone cute or do you actually have model potential? I can’t tell you how bad it breaks my heart to log on to model mayhem or even browsing through Facebook  and see the most god awful photos under an album titled “my model portfolio”.  If I had a dream * In my Martin Luther King voice* to become a model the first thing I would do is contact a photographer. Depending on your budget and the look you’re going for in the industry this can be kind of pricey if you care about quality. Model photography definitely falls under that “you get what you pay for” category. Everyone and their uncle Cleofus  is a photographer, As a female model you will find thousands of photographers mainly male offering to shoot you for free even. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that except always view his portfolio carefully and if you aren’t comfortable with the idea then bring an escort.  PLEASE keep in mind, chosing the wrong photographer can totally diminish the quality of your portfolio, I see this everyday great model, poor quality photos, you cannot skimp in this area nor can you just let any joe schmoe shoot you. The modeling industry is very competitive. Every photo-shoot is a chance for a model to show herself at her best, and any model is only as good as their last shoot – so there’s a strong incentive to make each photo-shoot count. Today’s post highlights some recommendations that a model may want to review in order to prepare him or herself for a photo-shoot. While digital photo processing software such as Photoshop can work miracles, neither a model nor a photographer will take as much pride in highly photoshopped pictures. If you take the time to prepare well in advance of your photo-shoot, you will feel more confident and as a result, look better.

1. If you work out, you may want to vary your routine to show off the muscles you’re most proud of. Or, a week before the shoot, you may want to increase the intensity of your workout. For example, if you usually do aerobics or body shaping, switch to working with gym equipment for a couple days. You will notice how well your muscles will respond. In no way does this mean you need to have a stereotypical fashion model’s body. Exercise can be great for any body and can boost confidence – and confidence is really what makes you attractive Next!

2. Moisturize: Hopefully you moisturize your skin regularly. If not, certainly apply moisturizer on the days before and morning of the shoot. I normally do a subtle airbrushing in post production but that doesn’t mean that ashy is a good look. next!

3. Remove: If you shave, do so 2 days before the shoot, in order to give your skin a chance to recover. Photoshop may or may not hide hairy legs and pits  lol

4. Color: if you’re a tanner, Instead of using a solarium and prematurely aging your skin due to UV damage, consider using self-tanning creams and bronzing products.  Try to avoid tan lines… please. next!

5. Watch your diet: Avoid too much salt and iodine in your diet. Salt can lead to water retention in the skin and the skin surface does not look smooth and tight but tired and bumpy. Iodine, for example in sushi and seafood dishes, can trigger break-outs. Include more fiber into your diet it will help your body to get rid of toxins, and drink plenty of water.

6. Zits: If you do get a pimple the day of the shoot, do not touch it, as you will make it redder and harder to cover. Most photographers have no problem with one or two pimples as these can be easily covered with makeup or digitally removed by photoshop. If you have serious acne problems, be sure that your photographer knows this in advance.

Part 2:

Okay, your skin and body look great! What else you can do to prepare for a photoshoot?

1. Hair: If you dye your hair, make sure that you have had your roots recently treated. Studio lighting can exaggerate dark roots. Excessive weaves, colors, etc.. should not be the start of your port. I normally try to deviate from your “everyday” look as a photographer, if you always wear that part in the middle, lets switch it up.. next! the samples below.. a no go.

2. Nails: Make sure your finger and toe nails look clean and manicured. Use a clear nail polish which will go with any color clothing. If you must color your nails use a neutral white or cream. Red nails will look strange if your outfit is blue. Just keep it neutral..

3. Makeup: If there will be a makeup artist at the shoot, arrive with no makeup on. Otherwise, you will loose time and potentially irritate your skin (and your photographer) when the makeup comes off. If you will be doing your own makeup, remember that photography lighting and the heat from the lights tend to make the skin look shinier than usual. Do not use any shiny or bright make-up that might cause reflection or glare during the photo shoot. Apply a base to smooth your skin and make it look consistent. Use mascara to bring out your eyes. Bring several colors of lipstick that you can apply depending on the color of clothing.

4. Wear antiperspirant. Avoid using any deodorant which may stain clothing, or clump up in your armpits, not cute.

5. Tattoos: If you have tattoos, experiment to see what make up will cover them naturally. If you are interested in being a traditional fashion model, don’t get tattooed, as many photographers don’t like them. On the other hand, tattoos can make a portrait more interesting – just make sure the photographer knows about them ahead of time. I personally looooove my models tattooed  the more the merrier LOL, but that’s just me.. next!

6. Posing: Practice your poses before the shoot. This is especially advisable if you are a beginning model. Flip through some magazines and find the poses you like. Practice your facial expressions and poses in front of a mirror so you can see how you look at your best. Often exaggerated or unusual poses look most interesting. Wild  hair may be better for you than the well-groomed look. Do not be afraid to experiment and try new things. It will be much better than standing like a stick in front of the camera or doing that club prison pose that you do with your girls on a night out ;-/. If you have a good photographer they should be directing you accordingly..

7. What to wear to the shoot: If your shoot is glamour, swimwear or lingerie, wear loose fitting gym clothes which have no elastic bands. Do not wear underwear. Underwear leaves lines on the skin, which can require 30-60 minutes to disappear.

8. Get plenty of rest: Have a good night’s sleep the night before the shoot. Avoid partying the night before a photo shoot. Alcohol and cigarette smoke, even smoke in the air, can make your eyes red and puffy. Also, if you are a smoker bring down the number of cigarettes your smoke or stop completely before the shoot. Smoking deprives skin of oxygen and nutrients and makes it look gray.

Invest the time to make yourself look the best you can be so you can feel confident during the shoot. If you feel great about yourself, you will exude confidence. Confidence shows and will help to make your photos great!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:25:14

    Well its about time you told the world what it needs to look like, LOL. No more troll photos, them may not be Americas Next Top Model but they will have some really great photos.


    • danounou
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:30:09

      lmao Anita, but yet and still you can lead a horse to water, sometime people get so excited they could care less about all that other noise.


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