Pre photo shoot client prep sheet

YAY! Congrats on Booking your photo session with InstaGLAM Photography! While we take all objective measures to make sure Shoot day runs as smoothly as possible, there are a couple of things that you can do on your end.     

I will begin by stating that the best preparation for a photo shoot is always to get lots of hydration and rest. While it can be difficult to thoroughly address every single item on the list before your session, particularly if you preparing a large group of people. However, if even some of them can be accomplished, it can have a significant impact on the photos you take.


*YOUR CLOTHES: Have everything you are intended to wear ironed and clean the night before. Wearing wrinkle-free clothes can help give you a much more professional image.

* EAT SOMETHING: Eat! Before leaving for your session make sure that you eat something so that you won’t be hungry while doing your shoot. This is something I really can’t stress enough. During the shoot, you will have more energy, be more focused and look better. For very active people, this is even more vital. A good idea would be bringing nutrition bars or power drinks. However, avoid colored drinks, chocolate, etc. You don’t want to stain your teeth, tongue and lips.

* GROOMING Toes and fingers should be groomed and clean. For portfolios and actor/model headshots nails should be natural in color (light pink, french, nude, etc). For family portraits and others they can be any color. However, you should be careful that the color of your nails doesn’t detract from your face and you as the main subject. A viewer’s focus will naturally gravitate to any loud and vibrant colors before the remainder of the photograph.

FACIAL HAIR FOR MEN All facial hair on men should be groomed. If you would like a couple of ‘rough’ shots first and then have a few shots that offer a smoother look, make sure to bring your shaving kit with you and inform the photographer before your shoot.

HAIRCUTS You should get haircuts and facials a week before your shoot date.

HYDRATE For everyone, lips should not be dry; teeth should be clean and eyebrows groomed. If necessary, bring along a lip moisturizer or balm with you. Your lips always look better when they are moist.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP Bring a comb or brush with you to touch up your hair during the shoot. For best results, make-up and hair professionals are recommended.

What To Wear

Probably the most frequently asked question when prepping for a photo shoot is

“What do we wear?” This is a great question, and good wardrobe choices can enhance your photographs. We like to suggest using the following guidelines when choosing what to wear.

CONFIDENCE Confidence and comfort! While we are not suggesting that you wear your sweats because they are comfortable, we ARE suggesting that you feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. Clothes should fit properly, and you should feel good in them. If you are worried about how you look in an outfit, that will translate in your photos.

LABELS Avoid logos and labels! These can often be distracting in photos. We want the primary focus to be you, and not your shirt.

PATTERNS Embrace color and patterns! Colors, plaids, checks, stripes are all great! How boring would it be if everyone only wore black for photos? The trick is not to have too many patterns going on at one time and to coordinate colors with the patterns. Bold colors like jewel tones add depth and warmth to a photo. Bright colors can add light and fun to photos. Keeping things simple is usually the better way to go.

LAYERS Layers work wonders! Layering is a great way to add texture to a photograph. A button up over a t-shirt, a jacket or a vest, these things add dimension and texture to a photograph.

JEWELRY Accessorize! Jewelry, scarves, ties, hats, you name it. These are great ways to personalize and put finishing touches on an outfit.

OUTFIT CHANGES Don’t limit yourself! Bring more than one or two complete outfit choices if you can. Your photographer can help you decide which outfit will make the best photo depending on which background or location is being used.

HAVE FUN!  Remember whether you are in front of  the camera for a High Fashion Modeling shoot or a casual Day at the park - These are moments that are being captured in time = memories Lets make them Instantly  GLAMOROUS ONES! 

ASK US When in doubt ask your photographer! We’d be happy to help you.

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