At first glance photo shoots seem rather glamorous and, well, easy -- like a chimp with lipstick on could do it. But let me tell you, as someone who's been modelling for almost 15 years and very regularly lately, photo shoots are hard work, usually not very glamorous, ill-paying and require good, preparation and a certain shamelessness.
In regards to fitness shoots, obviously you have to be in a certain shape. I've already written about how to become a fitness model here
, how I prepare for a shoot from a week out here
and how to peak your physique here
In this post I'm going to talk about what to bring so you look like a pro.
If there's a make-up artist...
Come well-rested, washed and shaved. Wear a light moisturizer but not one containing SPF -- it's shiny. Wash your hair the night before and keep it clean of product. Usually, you're on your own regarding your nails so make sure they are at least nice with a natural polish.
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I like these stick on nails.[/caption]
If you're doing your own make-up...
I usually do mine before I get there but bring all my gear for touch-ups. Powder, lip gloss and some hair spray are the most important to have on hand.
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Chillaxin before it all goes down.[/caption]
Body make up...
Listen, everyone looks better with a tan. But sun cancer sucks so think about doing a fake tan. You can go to a salon and get a spray tan but I usually do my own at home. My favourite product is Protan's 2 minute tan for a natural-looking, and fool-proof to apply tan. Then, for that glossy/sweaty look I use Protan's Muscle juice.
Don't leave your mark...
For most fitness shoots you aren't going to be wearing all too much. You want to ensure you don't have any lines and marks from underwear and other clothes. I usually go commando (yeah, that's right I'm naked under my clothes) and wear a lose-fitting (long) dress or track pants.
Don't go naked...
Even if I show up in my lose-fitting clothes I usually change into a robe as soon as I get there while getting my make up done. Also, if you are shooting something like a bikini it helps to have a robe on hand so you can make yourself decent between takes. If it's a shoot on location, a trench coat might be useful for the same reason. I was once shooting on the streets in tiny shorts and a sports bra and this jacket came in handy as we moved from location to location.
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This is Dawn. She is naked under that pink thing.[/caption]
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I have my name embroidered on my robe.[/caption]
To wear on the shoot...
Sometimes you will have clothes and stuff to model. Sometimes you'll have to bring your own stuff. Always bring more options than you think are needed -- especially shoes. I usually rock up to a shoot with a wheely suitcase.
If you're lucky/ unlucky to wear clothes they supply...
It's like a box of chocolates and you never know what you're going to get. I always bring a couple of bras in different colours, a strapless one and maybe some underwear opinions (you don't want VPL). I also always bring some extra bra padding. Both to boost my meager assets and cover nipples (sometimes you get a sports bra or top without lining). If you know you're going to be wearing their bikinis or other dainty things, bring pantyliners. You rarely get to keep that stuff and how shameful to leave behind dirty knickers. And while we're at it, bring tampons; you never know.
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Extra bra padding I like to bring.[/caption]
Food and drink...
Shoots typically take time and time is money and no one wants to wait around for you while you get your lunch. Plus, if it's a fitness shoot it makes sense for you to bring something you know won't make you bloat.
Your most shameless and fun self...
Most models aren't very good at modelling. Ask any photographer. Many "models" are stiff, shy, self-conscious, don't know their angles, and need constant direction from the photographer. The best models know what the photographers want or know what they themselves want the photographer to capture. It really helps if you feel comfortable, are in a fun mood and not afraid to look foolish. And foolish you will look in some shots if you're putting in the good work. Be aware of the lighting and the styling the shoot is going for and project and act!
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Sometimes the photog needs high glamour. Sometimes is the opposite.[/caption]
There you go. Expertise from a well-trained chimp with lipstick.
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