So there you are. Photographer chosen (hopefully Vestige!), date set, deposit paid. What should you do to prepare, and make the most out of your shoot?
1. Start shopping. Visit local vintage shops, Etsy, Ebay. If you haven’t rented wardrobe or hired a wardrobe stylist, it is your job to create the looks that you will be modeling in on the day of your shoot. Once you find your outfit(s), don’t forget to shop for accessories, shoes (if you don’t have any in your current wardrobe), and possibly props. Shoes are more attractive in images when the soles aren’t scuffed. Think about that as you decide whether to invest in a pair of shoes specifically to shoot with.
2. Get inspiration online or from books, and choose some possible hair and makeup looks. That way you can be sure that you will be happy with the styling. Many girls allow the stylists to do whatever they like on the day of the shoot, and that’s fine, too.
3. Practice some poses in the mirror, See what angles you like best, and take note or practice so you can show off your best looks. Find vintage photos online, in books, or check out some of your favorite modern pinup’s social media pages for ideas. It can make your modeling experience a bit smoother. Choose a photographer who does pose coaching and communicates openly during shoots so that the pressure isn’t all on you to perform.
Choose a photographer who does pose coaching and communicates openly during shoots so that the pressure isn’t all on you to perform.
4. Wear sunscreen. A sunburn can last a couple of weeks, and the peeling (although it can be photoshopped) can be unattractive. Take special care to tan evenly if you will be spending time in the sun.
5. Shave and wax a couple of days before your shoot so your skin is able to recoup and look its best. Make sure to get your brows and upper lip done, as well as any place that will be seeing the light of day at your shoot. If you do facials, make sure you schedule yours about a week before your shoot.
6. Do your nails, and make sure they will go with your look for the shoot. Multicolored nails may not go so well at a classic 40’s glam shoot, and that mani you might be in love with today could come back to haunt you. Simple is usually the way to go. Classic red is always good!
7. Steam or iron your wardrobe the evening before your shoot. You are going to look perfect, and so should your silk dress!
8. Wear something comfortable and seamless to your shoot. Jeans tend to leave marks, as do socks, some underwear, bras, corsets, and shapewear. Even if you will not be wearing revealing clothes, you never know what may be a distraction.
9. Bring Eucerin lotion to your shoot, and rub it all over before you get in front of the camera.
10. Relax and enjoy every moment of pampering and confidentally know that you are creating art that you will cherish for a lifetime!