Realistically, only 1 in 10 photos look OK on a photo shoot, and only about 6 – 10 shots will be amazing in about 150 shots. Unless you are a professional model, you have to up the odds to get something great by working with a fashion stylist, hair stylist, makeup artist and great photographer who know how to make you smile and laugh.
Have realistic expectations and PRACTICE YOUR POSES that you like that you’ve seen other people do in photographs you like! Hand examples to your photographer before the shoot. Show photographs to your team of exactly what you are looking for in advance of the shoot. Make sure to have looked at your team’s portfolios to see if they have achieved a similar look before.
Get your outfits ready in advance. Make sure they are clean, altered to fit you and the right color. Remember, darker colors recede and make you look smaller, but black will wash you out. Don’t attempt over 3 outfit changes.
Whatever you do, don’t get your hair cut any earlier than 2-3 weeks prior to your shoot. You want to make sure it doesn’t have that stiff, crunchy just~cut feel. You want it to look natural.
You will only be able to smile big for about 20 minutes before tiring. Get into feeling good way before your shoot. Drink some wine, then rinse your teeth with water. Laugh. Practice being happy! Dance a little to get your body out of a stiff pose.
As good as your team is, remember that you are responsible to turn on the charm and bring that magic quality to your photos.
No one else can put a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your step!