Getting ready for a shoot

The prep work for a photo shoot is just as important as doing the photo shoot, if not more important!

If you dont look or feel good while your at the shoot, it affects your photo’s big time!

Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep (especially the night before) and you are eating healthy.

*DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOT,THINKING IT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK THINNER! I’ve heard of so many models who do that! I’ve even seen it on t.v! I’ve been going through some health issues lately, and at my last shoot I didn’t eat before hand because my stomach was killing me. I felt so weak, and I didn’t want to be there. You can see that through your face in your photo’s! If your that worried about bloating, make sure your eating stuff with low sodium the day of the shoot. And drink plenty of water.

Do your research! If your shooting with a designer, google them! Look at their past designs,their style, how their models are posed* (very important), and their facial expressions.

If your doing a shoot to build your portfolio, your most likely doing a TFCP or “Time for”. Meaning, the photographer doesn’t pay you,and you don’t pay them. The photographs are supposed to benefit both of you. In which case, you will most likely be doing your own hair,make up,and wardrobe!

Dont freak out lol. Once again, just do your research.

 I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you go to and search Kandee Johnson.

 She is AMAZING!! She makes everything so much fun and interesting, while your learning how to apply different looks!

 I’ve learned A LOT from her!!She teaches you more about applying make up than most schools do lol.

Same goes for hair, you can different looks, experiment,etc.

What did I do?

 Well, Marilyn Monroe is my favorite fashion Icon, so I did a lot of research on her. Kandee Johnson shows you how to do her make up! So I learned MM’s technique for make up, hair , and wardrobe online…. It was fun and easy!

Pick your favorite icon and try to do that persons look! I’d love to see them!!

Now… you focus on you!

1)Shower lol… shave, wash your hair… yadda yadda

2)Brush your teeth.. Use the toothpaste with whiting in it.

3) Wash,tone,moisturize your face

4) Lotion everywhere! I recommend getting Jergens healthy glow. Because you do NOT turn orange, its gradual, and you have a nice glow!

Its all about detail! Your nails, hair color, eye brows…etc!

If your toe nails look like this…

(lol my feet are not hot right now-which is why its in Black and white..I need to clip and paint!)

Then its time to do them lol. Clip them, smooth them out, and paint them! Pick a color that looks good with many things…or stick to the safety color…A darker red.

Your finger nails! This all depends on the type of shoot your doing. Designers are different about this as well. Some want them natural, cut down with nothing (or a clear gloss). Others want them done, safety= French Manicure.

If your like me, and cant afford $40 every 2 weeks to get a manicure + fill… they sell fake nails at the store for %5-%7 dollars! Cheesy right!?

Nope! Ive been doing it for 2 years now, not only do I know a good way to put them on so they last longer than a week, but people ask me ALL the time “Where do you get your nails done!? They look great!”

I say…”CVS” haha. Just make sure you get the “short” length..

(You can even get different designs for different themes!)

Unibrows are not in style, and they never will be. Either will eyebrows that take up half your face.. Want to know where to go to learn how to do your own eye brows?? lol search: Kandee Johnson- eyebrows. So taught me! 🙂

Last but not least, keep up with your hair. If you get your hair colored, make sure your roots are not down to your ears… If you can’t get your roots fixed before a shoot, there are a couple tricks.. which I will cover in my next blog =)

If your getting your hair and make up done on set,

 1) be on time…it takes them a while to do their work to make things perfect.

2) show up with NO make up on and NO hair products in (unless they say otherwise). And I recommend wearing a button up shirt or a tank top..something you can easily change out of without messing your hair and make up.

 3) Be open to new things! Attitude comes a very long way in this industry. If the designer is hearing that your being a pain in the tush…they wont want to work with you again. And bad news spreads fast…

Drink plenty of water while your on set too. You will be smiling and moving your mouth around a lot. Your mouth will get dry…fast. Which affects your expression, and makes you feel yucky. It also messes up your lip stick! lol.

My thing is…its better to be over prepared than under prepared.. But bringing 5 bags to a shoot, and only wearing 3-4 outfits out of the 5 bags, gets annoying and time consuming. I am very guilty of this lol. But I am working on it! Try everything on at home first, even get some photos with the outfit on with your phone to see what it looks like. Then pack your top 8 outfits. That should be no more than 2 bags. Always bring your make up and something for your hair for touch ups too!

Well, thats pretty much it for Getting ready…

Check back for my posts on “Tricks and tips”, Do’s and don’t/ dangers, and How to’s!

If you have ANY questions.. please ask 🙂

Thank you!

❤ Heather Lynn


  1. One thing about not eating prior to a shoot: you will frequently pass out from a lack of energy. Always eat at least a piece of toast and some fruit juice at the very least. Bring something to snack on during the shoot like nuts or friuts, and drink lots of water. 🙂 Always get at least 8 hours of sleep prior to a shoot. And, if you do any shaving, do it at least the night before to allow your skin to recover (there is nothing worse than editing red pock marks on a woman’s leg from a shoot showing their legs) or wear hose or wear tights. Always make sure you take a two piece bathing suit in your purse, even if you aren’t shooting with one. It is better to have it there and not need it, rather than need it and not have it.

    • Your very right :-). Andi actually did read your blog about becoming a model, it made me giggle bc alot of what you said,was going to be in my next blog lol. Like what to bring to a shoot, what to do in certain situations,etc. I just started the blogging thing, so im still figuring things out hehe. I think I made this one last week. But I also have one for sports, and my non also a column writer for a fashion mag based out of Boston called Linger magazine. So,I’ve had alot ofwriting to do lately hehe.Thank you for letting me reblog as well. I really liked reading the different aspectsvof the industry in the eyes of a photographer, and I think its important for models to see it. And of course id link your blog to it. I always make sure full credit is given,no matter what it is about. Id love for you to link mine in your blog roll :-). Im still trying to figure that whole part out hehe. But once I do,id love to promote your blog. I think we both have the same goal, its just from a different perspective ..which is a good thing I apologize if there are misspelling and all that, im on my phone,that I can’t stand hehe.once im home,im Gouge to email you my info and learn more about the blog roll! Thank you so much! -Heather Lynn

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