The fashion model session - What to pack in your model case
OK, you're off to a model photo shoot. But, did you remember to pack your bag? Did you put everything you need in it? I hope this article will be helpful to you and start you on the right foot in making sure your model bag is complete.
What do you bring?
What you bring to your model photo session will depend upon whether this is your first shoot for a portfolio or a paying job. Either way, this section will help you to be prepared for whatever reason you're doing the model session.
First things first - Know what the client wants
If you are shooting for an agent or client, he will tell you what to bring but you still need to carry basics in case of changes in hair, makeup, etc. All the tips listed here are meant to be a guide and a checklist of sorts so you can always add to the list when you feel it's necessary.
Ready? Let's get started to create your model "kit"
Below I'm going to list suggestions for your photo shoot mainly so you don't forget anything the day of the shoot. In fact, I'd like to see your model case prepared before the day of the session so there's no rush. You may want to copy and print the section below so that you'll have a guide handy each time you go for a photo shoot.
You're now standing lifeless in front of your closet - Wardrobe Essentials
Here are the essentials for your wardrobe. As stated above, some of the clothing listed here will be provided if this is a model shoot for a client.
Casual - blue jeans, sports & knit tops, button up tops, shorts, cutoff
blue jeans, etc.
Business Suit - for a different look
Sports (exercise, uniforms, shorts, etc.) - If you plan to do some sports modeling
Lingerie - If you plan to enter the lingerie market
Swim wear - needs to be a bikini that really flatters you
Any props like hats, neckties, men's shirts, jackets, etc.
G-string & bra in flesh tone color - This is to eliminate lines that show under clothing
Hose/nylons in an assortment of colors
Socks in different colors including black and white
Bring several different bras including at least one push-up and one in flesh tone color
A robe to wear between changes during the photo session
Bring a scarf to wear when changing to help keep makeup off client's and your clothing
You may also want to pack an iron or steamer for those wrinkles that are bound to show up from the trip.
Accessories - You've got to have something to compliment the clothes, right?
Along with each outfit, try to bring accessories which will accent or match the outfit. Keep accessories simple.
Assortment of necklaces
Choker (these are popular at the time of this writing)
Wristwatch - You normally wouldn't wear a watch unless you are doing a photo where you will be looking at the time.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
As with accessories, shoes should match or accent the outfit. But, you can also think outside the box on the subject of footwear. For example; High heels have a totally different look with jeans or swim wear than with an evening dress.
Dress shoes - Bring several different pairs
High heels - Also an assortment
Jogging shoes - white
Boots or high heel boots
Don't forget about the hair
Below are some items you'll need for your hair (or hair removal)
An assortment of combs and hairbrushes
A curling iron
A couple of headbands
Shaving cream and a couple of sharp razors
Anything else you use for hair care
When coming to the model shoot, I would suggest leaving the hair fairly natural with very little (if any) hairspray so that you, or the MUA, can work with it after you arrive.
Makeup and facial
Even if your shoot involves a make-up artist, you still may want to pack the following ...
Your complete makeup kit along with a mirror
Cottonballs and swabs
A good skin cleanser
Several different shades of lip color (be sure to bring some solid colors)
Nails, finger that is.
A quick tip about nails. Remember that in photos, your eye will move to vivid colors first, especially red. So, take this into account as to whether you want people viewing your hands or your face.
Here is a checklist for nail products to take to your photo shoot.
Your complete manicure kit
Nail polish with neutral color
Remover kit for nail polish
A nice manicure will really enhance your model photos, especially images where your hand is near your face in close-ups so pay particular attention to your nails.
This should pretty much cover you for most photo shoots but as stated above, listen to the photographer or client and be sure to bring wardrobe he or she wants.
Now, you're ready so off your model photo session!!!
Bob Pardue is a professional model photographer located in the Southeastern US. His work has been published worldwide.