Forums > Newbie Forum > I have my first photoshoot tomorrow. Help!

Model

Coline H

Posts: 6

Alexandria, Virginia, US

I have my first photoshoot tomorrow. What should I expect? What can I do to stand out as a model? This is a for a bikini calendar, so there is a lot of competition for approximately 12 spots. Can you all share some stories of your first shoots, as well as some "do and do nots"?

Nov 28 12 06:46 pm Link

Photographer

SPierce Photography

Posts: 19791

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Be yourself, be confident. You'll be fine ! Are you bringing wardrobe, or are they providing you with some?

Don't lock your joints, and don't tip your chin down too much (will loose your neck). I always say "shoulders back, chest up, arch your back" so you don't slouch

Nov 28 12 06:48 pm Link

Photographer

L Bass

Posts: 957

Nacogdoches, Texas, US

Great advice so far. All I would add is... take a few deep breaths and relax. You'll do fine.

Nov 28 12 06:58 pm Link

Model

Coline H

Posts: 6

Alexandria, Virginia, US

I'm bringing my own wardrobe as well as doing hair and makeup. I'm worried about posing. Do photographers usually guide you?

Nov 28 12 06:59 pm Link

Photographer

John Lafferty

Posts: 636

Post Falls, Idaho, US

You will do fine.Take a deep breath.

Nov 28 12 07:09 pm Link

Photographer

D and G Photography

Posts: 135

Odenton, Maryland, US

i generally find out what works best for the model. if she is fairly new ill ask if she like to be directed or if she does her own moves. most prefer to either be directed or a mix of both. just be calm and learn by making faces of your self in the mirror until you know what the "look" feels like.

Nov 28 12 07:19 pm Link

Photographer

DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

Coline H wrote:
I'm bringing my own wardrobe as well as doing hair and makeup. I'm worried about posing. Do photographers usually guide you?

Depends on the experience level. Most of the models I've worked with so far were fairly new to it and I directed them almost 100%. Models with a lot of experience tend to already know what kinds of poses make them look good and are aware of their own lines, etc.

Depending on the photographer, you can ask questions as you go, like "Oh, you want me like this because it it makes my legs look longer? Okay, great." That sort of thing. Ask him to explain as you go. Obviously you don't want to delay things or get bogged down, but if he's patient then he won't mind talking as he goes.

Good luck with your shoot!

DCP

Nov 28 12 07:41 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Tempe, Arizona, US

Coline,

Welcome to MM!

I wish you the Best of Success in all of your future endeavors out here!

Kindest regards,
Edward

Dec 02 12 10:44 pm Link

Model

Gina Dee

Posts: 314

BRONX, New York, US

Wish I would've seen this in time. I would've inboxed you some tips. Bikinis are probably what I do better than anything else.

Dec 02 12 10:50 pm Link