Like any other artist, there are responsibilities that one has – both to yourself and any individuals you may be collaborating with; but also to the art and science that this art form demands of all those who will be taking in seriously – either as a professional or as a craft that engages your talent and imagination every possible way, and which will be a mark that you, personally, will make and contribute to the timeless pursuit of excellence that all artistic projects entail, in the the creative process.
The artistic and practical duties of a photographic model
In any photoshoot, perhapsl the first priority might be punctuality. The costs to produce a photoshoot can be excessive, especially if there is a special location involved. Setting the alarm twice – once for the wake-up call, and the other for the time by which you must leave the house in order to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled call. Another one of the most critical aspects of preparation for the activity of modeling is to feel at your best during the photoshoot, which can be something akin – on occasion – to be as well-rested and as physically-fit as possible, since you will be at your most creative when your mind is clear and your body is capable of responding in a natural, intuitive way to any suggestions the photographer may offer in order to convey to you the nature of the mood or temperament of a particular time and place.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but most photographers and agencies would prefer that you arrive with no make-up on and having washed your hair a few days earlier, since it’s important that the hair be as clean as possible, but not having been too recently washed. Taking along some scrunchies, an assortment of hair accessories and several safety pins and hair-clips can really be handy. Bringing your own comb and a few brushes and your favorite brand of non-aerosol hairspray or styling gel (for both regular and extreme-hold applications), if needed.
It’s also handy to have your Modeling Portfolio with you on the photoshoot, not only as a way to demonstrate various hairstyles that the photographer may select from, with respect to your hairstyle, but also because it will be an excellent way for the photographer or the their agents to see the work that you have done previously. It’s good to have several business cards available during the full course of the photoshoot, in the event that others may request it. Having a tasteful little packet of cards on your person, in general, is also a good idea; as is your having an appointment book, a pen (with a cap) and a some sticky notes. This approach also serves to demonstrate that you are a model of professional quality and are well-prepared.
Be prepared: shoes, underwear – a model need to take many things with him/her
If there will not be shoes provided with the clothes at the shoot, it’s best to take a pair of black “flat” shoes and opaque black tights and sheer stockings; as well as three pair of high-heeled shoes, depending on what information you may have already been provided as a model, regarding the nature of the commission, or what you may have been informed about the theme of the photoshoot. I’s a good idea to have the conversation about what your responsibility is as a model, with respect to the shoeso, either with your own agency or with the photographer’s agent or the photographer, if that would be convenient.
Don´t forget various Colours
It is also best to bring underclothes of all three tones: neutral or “ skin-colored.” and both black and white as well. Foundation garments such as bras or bustiers should be strapless, unless you have specific requests to the contrary. Finally, although it’s best not to apply it ahead of time, as mentioned, it’s desirable that you have whatever make-up you ordinarily wear under direct lighting conditions: Any non-allergenic products, including a concealer, full foundation, a variety of eye make-up, including lashes, edge and chiaroscuro pencil and at least three shades of eye-shadow, mascara in brown and black, powder, and at least three quality lipsticks you are already well-familiar with. Make-up remover and pads or cotton-balls, should be packed, also, along with a supply of facial tissues and a hair band for applying and removing the make-up.
The last thing to remember, though, is to be courteous to each of your colleagues involved in the shoot, and to send a note or email to follow up, thanking the agency or photographer for the opportunity to collaborate, and letting them know (if it’s so!) that you would be happy to have the chance to work with them in the future.