Many beginner models regularly ask us for advice on how to make a photo shoot: outfits, makeup, hairstyle, place … Here are the best tips to benefit from a quality session.

Best tips for a successful photo shooting

1 – The first thing is to choose a photographer! Check the quality of the photos that he makes and verify that several photos of the same person are present in his galleries.

2 – Beware of the so-called big studios that can be found in bulk purchase.

3 – Do not make a meeting less than 1h30. Know that the first 15 minutes will allow you to feel comfortable and get to know the photographer, to create a climate of trust. You will be more relaxed and this will be seen in the photos. A 2h30 session remains comfortable, you will have time to change, take a break. 

4 – Attention to the offers of 150 photos for 1h of shooting on CD! It’s better to have a serious photographer who will provide you with less but superior quality. And if the photographer promises to leave with the photos on CD at the end of the session … Run away !!! A good photographer takes the time to sort and process his photos individually.

5 – Read the photographer’s offers well and ask him what includes actually the price displayed. 

6 – It is better to have an HD digital format of your CD session or DVD, you can make your own prints at a reasonable price. You can also send them by email, check that the photos provided

can be drawn! Some photographers lock the images!

7 – Choose Shooting where the photographer stays alone with you. You will be more comfortable to take the poses than if you were in a room with several people you do not know. You can also bring a friend with you if you wish.

8 – Choose a place with the photographer, studio or outdoor session. In outdoor places, the photos can be done under a waterfall, in sand dunes, in the forest … Be imaginative.

A studio photo session, it can also be at home, many work with a nomad studio installed in a room at your home, I do not hide that it influences a lot about the quality of the photos, so prefer a session in a dedicated studio, a studio must make at least 3,5m x 4,5m (16m²) on the walls and ceiling dark to get to work comfortably and thus realize photos of qualities.

9 – Regarding the beauty, avoid makeup too heavy, bring powder with you, keep a natural hairstyle, no need to go to the hairdresser to make a super technical cut that may bother you during the photo shoot. Drink a lot the day before the session, this allows the skin to be better hydrated. Avoid moisturizing creams on the day of the session, it will avoid shine.

10 – The day of the session, be careful not to put too tight clothes that mark the skin! Prefer a relaxing pants, this also applies to the socks and underwear if you are performing an artistic nude session.

11 – Think about the types of photos you want for your book. From there, study the outfits to use. Bring different outfits in which you will feel good and bring various pairs of shoes if you desire.

12 – The photographer will guide you to the poses but you can very well throw a look on the internet or in magazines to find poses that you alike.

13 – Finally, privilege an available photographer who will accept a first appointment of contact. This contact photographer / model is essential so as not to end up with a cold and distant photographer on the day of your photo shooting. If you are uncomfortable this will be seen on the photos. The photographer can also advise you and answer your questions.

Photo shooting types

The position of the camera lens varies, we speak of angles of view. The photo angles can be: 

– front view: camera facing the subject 

– side view: camera placed in profile with respect to the subject – diving: camera placed above the subject. 

The effect produced is a collapse, a crush that gives a feeling of confinement, narrowness, difficulty and inferiority to the subject. The total dive is the angle of view taken at 180 ° above the subject.

– counter-dive: camera placed below the subject. This can give an impression of submission, inferiority or discomfort. This makes the subject superior. 

The photography rewards

Both young talents and established professionals deserve recognition, rewards and celebrating their work. The award-winning photos may be used for the purpose of promoting the world photography. The rewarded photos become the part of the HD photography heritage and available on photo stock platforms after the awards ceremony.