Some great advice from Allan Adler:
Nine Simple Rules
Here are nine simple rules I have compiled over the years for a great photo shoot.
1. Be Ready - Visit the tanning salon if you must at least three days before the shoot. Touch up your roots and hair highlights if necessary. A manicure and pedicure is advised if we intend to shoot your hands or feet. Shampoo and rinse your hair the night before and/or the morning of the shoot if possible. The important thing is that your hair be "clean" for the hair stylist. Do not do anything that will damage your hair. Groom your eyebrows, upper and lower lip, sideburns and if we shoot swim wear, well, you know what to do; make sure Elvis has left the building.
2. Be Prepared - Pack your things the night before. Choose your wardrobe, accessories and props, lay them out so you won't forget them. Remember to bring your grooming items, tweezers, hairbrush, comb, razor, toothbrush, floss and anything you need to be ready for your close-up.
3. Be Rested - Get plenty of sleep the night before the shoot. No late night parties or clubbing. If Busta rings for a "Booty Call" regretfully decline. Adobe has not invented the PhotoShop filter to correct this yet.
4. Be Nourished - Eat something. It is important that you have energy for the shoot. Don't eat a twelve-course meal or something heavy. However, make sure you have something. Stop by Jamba Juice or Starbucks if you're in a hurry and forgot to eat something before departing. I don't want you to pass out while we shoot. If and only if you make a stop, call ahead to see if your togger or MUA wants anything. Seriously, it's jus' cool of you. Always take an interest in everyone else outside yourself and be good to them. You will be remembered for it. But make it genuine or not at all. Nobody likes a phony except for another one.
5. Be Relaxed - Don't worry. Everything is going to be fine. If it makes you more comfortable to bring someone, bring him or her. I don't care. Bring your mom, dad, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, a friend, heck, you can even bring your aunt Susie. Children and pets often are distracting so try to find a caregiver during your absence. I don't advise bringing your husband and/or boyfriend or your wife and girlfriend together, no matter how understanding they "seem" to be.
6. Be On Time - Enough said. Call if you are running late. If you miss your session, leave the country. Make sure you use your traveler miles so you can save some money.
7. Be Professional - Treat the people you are working with respect and all courtesies they deserve, as you like to be treated. No excessive cell usage or text messaging unless we are shooting for Verizon or T-Mobile. Key to life: First, get rid of all of the excuses and know this: Precisely one half or more of life is building relationships. The other half is jus' showing up in a reasonable amount of time. (The best way to make an entrance is however, to be fashionably late).
8. Be Yourself - Together we will capture your image, possibly with the help of others but your image nonetheless. Have fun. No baggage from a prior photo shoot or stories about how you can't do something because you are... Also accept compliments graciously. If I tell you look great or beautiful, please don't argue. Remember, I'm an expert. In short, leave all negativity in the car or whatever transportation you have unless it's a broom and the month is October. (December's a great time for a wedding BTW. That way you make the cold weather turn into something warm and fuzzy. Save the honey moon for summer and your tans).
9. Use Caution - Do not stick anything out unless you plan on using it. This goes for body parts and attitude. Remember your Image may be around for some time and possibly have a different effect at a later date. If you feel uncomfortable with a situation, do not do it. If you create an image that will stop traffic, make sure you have liability insurance to cover any collisions it may cause.
If you follow these simple rules chances are you will have a wonderful session and great images to promote yourself. And don't forget the key to life (listed above in three parts). Peace ya'll.