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5 Tips on how to create timeless modeling photos that get you noticed

Updated: Apr 21

The old saying “less is more” comes to mind when I think about this topic. Overdoing it for a photoshoot can sometimes backfire. In the same breath, you can also do the right things in the wrong way.

Let’s jump straight into some tips dos and don’ts that will give you the edge, and help you stand out from all the other fish in the sea;

Makeup makes a difference

If makeup is not your thing, I highly recommend a professional makeup artist. These guys are pros at enhancing your facial features and making you look red carpet ready. If your modeling portfolio or business headshot, gives the impression of someone who is polished and takes pride in their appearance, you’ll be sure to turn more heads.

If you are opting to do your own makeup, rather play it safe. Lean toward something that’s a little more natural. Browns, beiges and soft monotone shades generally work well for everyone’s eyes. Also stay away from makeup trends, if orange is the new black it may not work for everyone.

When it comes to studio photography, the bright lights tend to drown out your facial features, so you DO need to apply more makeup than you usually would. The lights also tend to magnify every pore on your face, so for ladies foundation is an absolute must. If you’re booking a makeup artist be sure to bring your own foundation just in case and arrive an hojur early to ensure there's enough time to get you looking fabulous.

Pro tip: Pick your best feature and enhance that. Doing a heavy smokey eye coupled with a bright red lip generally wreaks of overkill - so apply with caution or rather pick one.

Hair do’s and do not's

This might seem like a no brainer – but you’ll be surprised at just how many people I‘ve had rock up to my studio with unbrushed hair - really? Think of your hair (or whatever is on your head) as the icing on the cake. It’s pointless spending all this time booking your photoshoot, deciding what you’re going to wear, doing your makeup and … your hair looks like it’s been caught in a fan.

I know right, we all tend to have bad hair days when we need it to corporate the most. Don’t despair, there are loads of quick fixes using a scarf or a hairband that will have you looking fab in 5 minutes flat. Here are just some of my favourite ideas, when my hair feels like picking a fight with me for no good reason, and at the wrong moment.

Timeless trends

You don’t want to look back in 5 years time and think “ what the … fridge cake was I thinking”. Remember fads like thick eyebrows may be rocking on Cara Delevine, but a complete fail when implemented incorrectly. Instead, create looks that will be relevant for a long time to come.


Vs Reality:

Something classic

We all know how important it is to look confident when you’re in front of the camera posing for your headshot or modeling portfolio, but your appearance plays a massive role in getting the most out of your photoshoot.

Although wearing trendy clothing is fun and often looks great, there is a time and place for them. Unless you’re hired for a fashion shoot, it’s probably better to steer clear from them. Too much trims and frills distract the viewer from your face (which is the most important part of the photo – it’s the thing you are selling so make sure that’s where the attention is directed). You don’t want to leave your viewer wondering “could she paint that outfit on any tighter or are man skirts a thing”.

Take a bit of time (if you haven’t already) to figure out what your assets and flaws are. In other words, what you love and dislike most about your body. There are loads of ways you can enhance assets like your butt, arms, boobs, waistline, neck , and legs by wearing certain cuts of clothing. This will not only benefit you for your photoshoot, but for years to come in your daily life.

That being said, if you are a white shirt and pants kinda person, incorporating some accessories, jackets or scarfs go a long way in showing off your personality.

Packing your outfit options

Your chosen package will generally give you an indication as to how many outfits we’re shooting, but it doesn’t hurt to bring second option just in case we need to swap out some pieces. If you are shooting only one outfit this is especially important.

BONUS TIP: Posing makes perfect

Put of being in front of the camera means looking comfortable in your skin (even if you don't feel it). I like to say "fake it till you make it", and with enough practice nobody will know the difference. My advise is to find a few modeling poses you feel comfortable with and practice them till it doesn't feel awkward.

For more posing inspiration and indeas check out my studio photography page

That being said, I can’t wait to meet you and create some awesome pictures together!

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