How to prepare for a photoshoot





you’ll need space to work off of, especially if it’s an outdoor shoot, and space to lay out accessories — trust me when I say it’s no fun trying to work off of the ground. I usually bring at least two 4ft folding tables, but sometimes even that’s not enough surface space.

A folding chair to rest your feet can also be useful when shooting on location.  For the model, Ive found that most make up artists bring a high chair for the model

Stains happen, tears happen, and models forget their underwear.  It’s important to come prepared. Here are a few (actually a lot) of things I recommend having in your “kit” on the day of the shoot:

  • Lint rollers
  • Deodorant remover sponges
  • Stain remover pens
  • A steamer
  • Wrinkle release spray – a steamer is better, but this is useful for quickly getting rid of small wrinkles
  • Clamps to fit clothing that’s too large – safety pins are more likely to leave holes in clothing, so I recommend bringing both
  • Some sort of tape or pads to protect the soles of shoes if your shoes need to be returned.  Painters tape is a good option.
  • Two sided tape
  • Boob tape
  • Nipple shields
  • Hairspray (for static cling)
  • Ponytail holders & bobby pins
  • Scissors
  • Lots of water
  • Snacks
  • Nude strapless bras and (disposable) thongs  – totally optional, but I used to keep these in my styling kit because models forget them so frequently
  • A rolling rack for clothes

Also, for outdoor shoots you might want to bring the following:

  • Folding tables —
  • Folding chairs
  • A changing tent
  • Blankets/towels
  • Even more water (especially if its warm out)
  • Some sort of blue tooth speaker for music  — this is totally optional, but I do find that the models get into the groove of things more when they have music