Z Photog Studio | What to bring to your glamour photography shoot.

What to bring to your glamour photography shoot.

September 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

What to bring and how to prep for your glamour photography session 101:

This is the first thing everyone asks when they book a shoot and what seems to be the biggest source of stress is how to prepare for the day.  Below is a list of everything you'll need and some illustrations can also be found on my Pinterest page here: http://pinterest.com/zphotog/photo-shoot-what-to-bring/

These are the things you need to know, think about, or shop for prior to your shoot.  The more options you bring, the better your shots will look.  If in doubt, bring more not less.  I will select looks that I think will look great against the settings we have the day of your shoot.


Hair: Hats, flowers, cool/hippy headbands, clips for updos, bobby pins.  We’re going for an amped up, dramatic version of you so plan for big hair and curls.   Hairspray, smoothing creams or oils, any products you might use to tame your hair.

Dresses:  Evening gowns- especially ones with flowy/breeze catching bottoms that can be twirled, party dresses, solid colors preferred.  Bring many choices here and I will select the best for the environment, backdrops, etc.  If you’re shooting with friends or relatives color coordination can make for a great shot.  Please discuss in advance with the photographer what color palette you are thinking of.  They don't all need to be the same color, but in the same color family will look more pleasing.  

Tops:  Err on the side of form fitting- loose tops can add bulk in photographs (Photoshop can lose bulk with form fitting tops),  one shoulder, tank tops, collarless and solid colors are best.  If you have body art you would like to showcase, plan to bring a top to show it off.  Depending on the season we tend to dress in all sleeves or all strapless, be sure to bring a variety of outfits that make your images season-less.  We have a/c or heat on in the studio! 

Pants: I typically shoot from the waist up unless in formal wear so any pants you feel comfortable in are fine.

Shoes:  Ditto above.  Shoes are not normally shown unless you are in a longer dress.  Flip flops are fine!  If you have a rockin’ pair that go with a great dress though, by all means bring them along.

Jewelry/Accessories:   Big or chunky necklaces make good face framers.  Also, belts, scarves, bracelets, and earrings will all add to an outfit so bring options.

Undergarments:   Strapless bras are a must for tanks, one or off shoulder outfits, etc.  As you move through poses inevitably the straps will show so please prepare for this.  Also be sure to bring one that won’t show through the outfit such as black with white.

Props:   If you play an instrument, a sport, ride horses, or have other unique talents or special loves please bring those up to the photographer in advance so we might incorporate them into your shoot.

Make-Up:  We utilize a licensed makeup artist for your shoot.  Even if you don't normally wear makeup, understand that delivering images to you that show you at your best require at least a minimal amount of makeup to highlight your features.  It's much like if you were going on television, makeup creates definition to make your features pop.  Here is a guide that my makeup artist will use to gauge the level of makeup you would like:

You can also look at this Pinterest board for ideas of what you might like to try: http://www.pinterest.com/zphotog/glamour-photography-inspiration/

Glasses:   If you normally wear glasses and can remove them and still see for your shoot you’ll want to do that at least 30 minutes before so you don’t have impressions on your nose.  If you have contact lenses, they are a better option so your eyes can be center stage!

Additional:  Costumes, masks, headdresses, etc. can all make for great shots so feel free to bring anything unique that you have.

*Hydrate, drink lots of water it makes your skin look great! And sleep, it does the same.

*Come to your shoot with a fresh, clean (makeup free) face and hair a day dirty if your hair is hard to hold a style. 

*No need to wear the clothes you’ll shoot in, we’ll pick out what will look good on camera after you arrive if we haven't already met to cull through your closet!  Feel free to take phone pics of special outfits and text or email them to the photographer in advance.

*Be sure to shave armpits, tweeze stray eyebrow hairs, and do any other personal maintenance you wish not to have show up in your images.

*Don't try any new cosmetic or hair products or use self tanner within a week to two of your session.  You don't want to have orange hands or a rash for your big day!

We're excited to see you, pick out fabulous looks, and provide you images you'll love.  Be sure to plan a night out afterwards, you will be all dolled up with hair, makeup, and your finest outfits, be sure to make the most of it! 


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