Photoshoot Tips and Fitness Guide

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Photo by: Bigstockphoto

Contrary to popular belief, modelling is not an easy job. There is more to it than just “making love to the camera.” Apart from coming to work on time, a model has to keep his body in tip-top shape. If you’re an aspiring model and you need tips on how to start your career as a model, consider these photoshoot tips:

Being on Time

The most important part of a photoshoot is coming on time. If you got a call for a photoshoot, you have to organize your schedule around it. Write the date down and plan your photoshoot ahead. If you show up late, you ruin your chances for future photoshoots. The modelling community is a small one. You are bound to come across people who hired you in the past. So make sure every appointment counts, no matter how small. Apart from showing up on time, make sure your things are organized. Make a list of all the important things you need during the shoot two week prior to the engagement.

Fitness and Diet

Of course, you have to look good in a photoshoot. Photoshop can only do so much. Part of being a professional model is to look the part. If you want to look extra ripped, we recommend skipping cardio workout the night before the photoshoot. This way, you look more toned. On the other hand, if the shoot requires flattened muscles, do moderate weight training for the arms and shoulders. A ripped upper body looks great in pictures.

When it comes to diet, you want to adopt a high protein, low carbohydrates diet. Stick to water instead of colas. Stay away from sugary, fattening foods. Salty snacks and alcohol are a bad combination. It will trigger bloating. After your shoot, treat yourself to a decent meal.

Rest is just as important as fitness and diet. You want to get a full 8 hours of sleep before the shoot. If you are not well-rested, it will show on your face. A good night’s rest will help you stay alert and look fresh during the shoot and beyond.

Tanning and Body Waxing

Most shoots require smooth, hairless body. If you’ve got unwanted hair, have it removed a couple of days before the shoot. This gives your skin enough time to heal from waxing. You can do this by yourself or go to a local salon for a professional job.

The same thing goes for tanning. A nice tan looks great in pictures. It will give you an enviable glow. A tan also makes you look slimmer and healthier! It will make your muscles pop in photos too. Again, make the appointment several days before the shoot. We recommend tanning a week in advance. This way, the skin has settled in nicely.

If you’re using self-tanning lotions, buff away dead skin cells prior to application. This will help you achieve a nice, even glow. Don’t use a self-tanner if you are doing it for the first time. It’s best to let someone handle the tanning so you don’t come across accidents that will ruin your shoot.


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