Shoot Day Preparation Advice

This page has general advice for how to prepare for shoot day.

  • Avoid restrictive clothing if possible. For at least two hours before the shoot, you should avoid wearing elastic or other tight-fitting clothes on any part of your body that will be photographed. Tight-fighting clothes leave compression marks on your skin that can show up on camera (especially under studio lights or bright sun) for as long as two hours after you take them off. Although not necessarily fashionable, baggy, loose-fitting clothing, such as sweat pants with a draw-string and a t-shirt, make for ideal pre-shoot wear.
  • Bring a robe, wrap, or loose-fitting outfit that can be put on and taken off easily. If we're in the studio, the space will be private, but you may need to leave the shooting area to get a drink, go to the bathroom, etc. Having something you can easily slip on or off will make that easier. For most oudoor shooting locations, it's generally best if you can get dressed and undressed quickly. This doesn't apply for fashion or other fully clothed shoots.
  • Shaving advice. Unless we've specifically discussed it ahead of time, it is entirely up to you which parts of your body you shave (or don't). However, here are a few bits of general advice that will help us get the best pictures possible:
    • For any area you shave regularly, please shave that area no more than 24 hours (and ideally less than 6 hours) before the shoot. Stubble is time-consuming and tedious to edit out.
    • For areas you don't plan to shave for the shoot, please try and have at least one week's growth of hair, for the same reason as above.
    • If you are shaving an area for the shoot that you don't routinely shave, please shave several days beforehand, and then again the day of the shoot. When you shave an area for the first time in a while, that area is more prone to irritation, redness, and razor burn, all of which can look bad and be time-consuming to edit out of the photographs. Shaving that area at least once in advance will give your skin time to adjust and heal before the shoot.
    • Immediately after shaving, especially the first time you've shaved an area for a while, treat the area with baby oil, lotion, or a gel deodorant (really!). Choose a product that doesn't have any fragrance or colorants that might further irritate your skin. Many models swear by Mitchum Advanced Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Gel for Men (Unscented) for this purpose.
  • Makeup - If I've told you that we will be using a makeup artist (MUA), please arrive with a clean face and no makeup on. If I haven't told you we're using an MUA, you can choose to do your makeup ahead of time, or at the shoot location. Be aware that some shoot locations — especially outdoor locations — may not have a good place for doing makeup.
  • Try and get good sleep. While you can't always control this, not getting a good night's sleep the night before the shoot can cause your eyes to be red and irritated and can result in dark, puffy bags underneath your eyes/
  • Know your boundaries. Consent is very important. Some time before we begin shooting, I may ask you about your boundaries so I know what you're comfortable doing and, more importantly, what you're not comfortable doing in front of my camera. In this context, boundaries are most often around nudity or sexuality, but they don't have to be; boundaries can be about literally anything you're not comfortable doing in front of my camera. It's a good idea to think about this ahead of time so you're not caught off-guard by the question. Your answers are to give me guidance, but will not obligate you to do anything. Consent is fluid and can be changed or revoked at any time.
  • Bring your ID: Please bring a copy of a government-issued photo identification. Regardless of the type of shoot, if I haven't shot with you before, I will check your id before we start. If the shoot includes any nudity or erotic content, I will take a copy of your ID (and it must show that you're at least 18) and I may also ask you to sign a statement that's required by Federal law.
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