The 2 questions that I get asked by models and fashion portrait clients.
Here is a short but hopefully helpful article about the topic of what to bring to a photoshoot. It is one of the most common questions I get asked by portrait clients and models prior to a photoshoot.
Many models turn up for a photoshoot and have no idea of what to pack in their model “go to bag” and usually end up forgetting something. Many times it's not possible to go back home to retrieve something you really need for your model or portrait shoot so you just have to do without. This article will hopefully help you to be prepared when going to a fashion or any other type of photoshoot session.
What To Pack In Your “Go To Bag” "Model Bag" "Photoshoot Bag"
You have a model photoshoot to go to. But, did you remember to pack your bag? Did you put everything you need in it? I hope this model photoshoot checklist will be helpful to you and start you on the right foot in making sure your “go to bag” is complete.
What Should You Bring?
What you bring to your model photo session will depend upon whether this is your first portfolio shoot, a test shoot or a paying job. Either way, this section will help you with a model photoshoot checklist to be prepared for whatever reason you're doing the model session.
The First Question To Ask Yourself Is: What Kind Of Photoshoot Is It?
If you are modeling for an agent, photographer or client, he/she will tell you what to bring but you still need to carry the 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.
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.
How Do I Become A Model
Ever so often while I am photographing portraits, I receive requests on how to become a model.
Some of the usual questions I get asked are:
How do I get started?
Where do I find a Modeling Agency?
How do I get my first photo shoot?
Before you start doing anything, you should really ask yourself these questions as they will help you for the rest of this process.
What do I want to get out of modeling?
What am I willing to do and put into becoming a model?
What kind of model do I want to be? Fashion, Beauty, Runway, Swimsuit, Sport, etc.
How flexible and willing am I to travel and put in the time?
Once you evaluate these questions, there are a few ways you can go.
The first one is to contact and get signed by a Modeling Agency which I will explain below.
The other method is to “Freelance” and represent yourself like your own agency and create your own portfolio. This can be easily done over the internet, now with many places in which you can showcase yourself by posting pictures, and information about yourself to attract clients.
If you choose to go the traditional route and to work with a Modeling Agency, It can be hard at times to know first of all how to find a reputable one, and what to look for in an agency. You can easily find agencies in phone books or online.
Before you do any of that, I would recommend contacting anyone you know, that is a model, and ask about some of the experiences that they have had with modeling in general.
Once you have a good understanding of how the business of modeling works and how becoming a model may be exactly what you want, contact some of the Modeling Agencies and arrange an appointment to meet with them. Meeting with an Agency Representative can be the hardest and most nervous part of the whole experience. Be confident, and don’t allow the agency to take advantage of you.
A reputable Agency will not ask for any payments from you. If they see potential in you and think that you are the right fit for them they will guide you through the initial phase. Often the Modeling Agency will send you for “Test Shoots” with photographers that they trust, this is a great way to build your portfolio.
Things to ask and look for are:
Can they meet all What have they done for other models?
What can they do for you?of your needs as an individual and as a model?
Does the Agency have the same goals for you as the ones you have set for yourself?
One final question, How you get that first photoshoot depends on which route you take. If you choose to go with an agency you will have to arrange with them, to have a photoshoot taken, and to start building your portfolio.
If you decide to go “Freelance” and on your own, you will have to build your own portfolio. Either by using existing images that you already have, or by contacting a professional photographer to have a photoshoot session done.
I would recommend that hiring a professional photographer is the route to go, your images will be professional, and the quality will be much greater than simple family and friends snapshots.