• Philip Brett King

How should I prepare for a photoshoot?

Believe it or not, this is a question I get asked a lot from my clients and I believe it’s down to the worry they have around achieving perfection within their images. The aim of the photoshoot is obviously to take the best photographs you have ever seen of yourself so it makes sense that you would want to come to the session looking your best.

For my clients and I, this is something we cover in the pre-consultation meeting. To give you an insight into this meeting, here are some of the areas we pay close attention to...


Keep skin hydrated and moisturised.

We all want to achieve that clear healthy skin and glow for our photo shoot, that is why I recommend;

  • To stay hydrated in the run-up to your shoot and drink around 5-6 glasses of water a day.

  • Aiming for 7-8 hrs sleep a night to ensure you feel refreshed and revitalised.

  • To wax/shave a few days before your shoot to avoid any redness.

  • Avoid having a spray tan, or if you do, make sure it is topped up a few days before your photo shoot.

  • Stick to your normal skincare routine, avoid trying out new products that could affect your skin.

  • Exfoliating to remove dead skin cells.


Ensure you arrive with clean dry hair.

Within my photography package, I offer a complimentary makeover of hair and makeup and guide my clients to;

  • Wash their hair the night before.

  • Touch up any coloured hair 3-4 days before the shoot.

  • Get a little trim if needs be to get everything sharp.

  • Touch up your brows and lashes with your beautician.


Manicured hands and clean sparkly jewellery

You may not consider preparing your hands for a photoshoot but within some images they may be shown and we want to ensure they are looking their best too. I recommend;

  • Treating yourself to a manicure

  • If you wear nail polish to keep it a neutral colour or ensure it matched your outfit

  • To clean any jewellery you wear that could be on show, we want to make it sparkle in your photographs


Dress in whatever makes you feel good

Last but not least, the area that most people fret about is “what will they wear?” Within the pre-consultation, we will discuss the purpose of your photographs and what feelings you wish to portray to ensure your clothing is suitable for both. Obviously we want you looking and feeling your best in your outfits, that’s why I have put together a style guide blog post with help from Style by Sandra that you can check out here. (Click here)

I've also put together an Amazon List of Magazine Style Photoshoot dresses that won't break the bank and give you a few ideas - ( Click here - this opens in a new window)

These are the 4 main areas I like to focus on and personalise to each of my clients. If you would like to know more about how you can prepare for a photoshoot with me, get in touch and book a pre-consultation meeting today. (Click here)

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