By Michele Smith
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The end goal for a fashion photo shoot is success – meaning happy photographer, model and client all rolled into one. While there are a multitude of factors that go into creating a successful photoshoot, there are certain things a model can do on their end to contribute to the success from their end. This is goes a little further that just showing up on time. The following are photoshoot and photo tips, as well as tips anyone can apply in the real world, for models and non-models alike.

An unknown tip models who are starting out tend to learn the hard way, is to not wear tight clothing to a photoshoot. Here is the deal: the photographer already knows your height, weight, size, etc. and you do not need to show any extra skin to get a job you already have. The general rule of thumb is that if skin is showing, do not wear it. This is not the time to wear your skinny jeans, because tight clothing anywhere will result indentations on your waistline.  The last thing you want to have happen is have a photoshoot go overtime, because the makeup artists were trying to airbrush off elastic impressions on your skin.

While your school days may be over, you still need to do your homework or in other words, research your photographer ahead of time. Unless you a rushing to a test shoot you heard about in the 11th hour, always ask your agent or find out on your own who the photographer is. Step 1 is to go to their website and check out their work. This is especially important so you know what to expect. For example, there may be risqué photos you may not be comfortable with. Knowledge is key here and you are respecting the photographer’s time. Also, make sure to read their bio. The photographer has taken the time to get to know you, so reciprocity is simply good manners.

It is pivotally important for any model to learn the importance of light. Obviously, this comes with practice for the aspiring model, but observing the photographer is an easy way to learn. First, if the photoshoot is taking place in a studio, pay attention to where the photographer is placing his/her lights. Second, if the photoshoot is outside, you simple have to locate where the sun is. The tips here are quite simple. A model should never place any object between the light and his/her face, as this will result in unfavorable shadows. Also, always avoid turning completely away from the light. If you are new to the industry or a seasoned model who just does not know, just ask the photographer. You will be making their lives easier by having to weed out less unusable photos, you will better understand your range of motion and poses; while showing initiative at the same time.