Freelance models book their own work and are usually responsible for their own hair and makeup, unless these accommodations are already provided. If you want to make each photoshoot a success, it’s essential that you take the right steps to make sure you are prepared and ready to go prior to your shoot.
Sleep is a must for all models before a shoot.
It goes without saying that the night before your shoot is crucial to how you perform the next day. Plan for an early night. No staying up late, no partying and no drinking. Alcohol makes you dehydrated, which is the last thing you need.
Set out all of your stuff the night before so you won’t have to rush around that morning. Make sure you know what outfits you’re going to be wearing and pack them neatly in a large tote bag. Separate your accessories and shoes into their own bags as well. Of course if all of this will be supplied at the shoot then you won’t have to worry about it. The same goes with your makeup and hair products. Have them out on your counter and ready.
If there is going to be a makeup artist on set, then arrive with a clean and well-moisturized face. Still bring your own makeup in case they don’t have your shade of foundation or are lacking a makeup item.
Nude colored thongs prevent pantylines and can be easily concealed no matter what color outfit you’re wearing.
Pack nude colored thong underwear. Also pack a regular nude colored bra, as well as a strapless. If you aren’t sure what outfits you’ll be wearing, bring a black, white and nude colored bra. Also bring lotion.
Set all your bags, clothes, accessories, etc. in an easy to see area of your home or pack them in your car the night before so you won’t forget anything.
It’s important that you have a clear idea of where your shoot is going to be.
Get the driving directions the night before and make sure you have at least one contact number of someone who will be at the shoot. They will be the person you call in case you get lost or are running late.
Waiting a few days to shave will get you a closer and smoother shave for your shoot and can prevent ingrown hairs.
To get a clean and close shave for your shoot (bikini, underarms, legs) don’t shave at all for a day or two. Let the hairs grow in longer and then shave them either the night before or the next morning-whichever you prefer. This will allow for a closer and smoother shave.
The morning of, make sure to wake up extra early and allow yourself plenty of time to get ready and to reach your destination. It’s always better to be early to your shoot.
Stay hydrated and energized during your shoot.
Pack a bottle of water and a straw (so you don’t mess up your lipstick) and bring healthy snacks that won’t get caught in your teeth (trail mix, granola bars, yogurt). Some shoots can be long and you’ll want to keep your energy level up with snacks in between shooting. If they provide food, that’s great, too.
Be comfy and wear your pjs to your shoot.
Unless instructed to do so, you don’t have to show up to your shoot already dressed. If you plan on getting dressed when you get there, simply wear pajama bottoms or sweat pants and a button up shirt or other lose fitting top that won’t ruin your hair or makeup when you take it off.
Wear your thong underwear under your pajama bottoms if possible. Avoid wearing jeans or tight fitting clothing because these can leave impressions on your skin (you know those pesky lines from the fabric that often cut into your thighs, stomach, etc?). Such marks and lines are annoying to Photoshop out of pictures.
Bring a book so you don’t get bored.
Sometimes shoots can have some downtime in between so bring a magazine or book to read to keep yourself busy.