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  • Writer's pictureRodrigo Montiel

10 Tips for Preparing a Person for a Photoshoot: Boosting Confidence and Achieving Desired Results



As a professional photographer, it's important to make your subject feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Whether you're shooting a portrait, fashion, or commercial photoshoot, these tips will help you prepare your subject for a successful photoshoot.


Communicate with the person beforehand to discuss their desired look and any specific ideas they may have for the photoshoot. Discussing whether they prefer a more serious or candid look for a portrait, or the style of clothing they feel most comfortable wearing for a fashion photoshoot.



Provide them with a general idea of what to expect during the shoot, such as the location, wardrobe, and overall style of the photos. For instance, letting them know to bring appropriate footwear and clothing if you'll be shooting at a beach, or the theme and style of the shoot if it's a commercial photoshoot.


Encourage them to practice good hygiene and grooming leading up to the photoshoot. This includes things like getting a haircut, shaving, and practicing good skincare. Suggesting they get a facial or go for a professional makeup session for a portrait shoot.



Suggest they get enough sleep, eat well and stay hydrated on the day of the shoot. This will help them feel energized and refreshed, which will show in the photos. Advising them to take a nap before the shoot and drink plenty of water for a portrait shoot.


Remind them to bring any necessary items, such as wardrobe or makeup, to the shoot. Such as reminding them to bring multiple outfits and accessories for a fashion photoshoot.



Give them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have before the photoshoot to help them feel more comfortable and prepared. Letting them know that you're open to any questions they may have about the shoot for a portrait.


Provide them with examples of similar photoshoots you have done in the past and let them see the final results. This will help them understand your style and what to expect from the shoot.


Encourage them to practice different poses and expressions in front of a mirror before the shoot. This will help them feel more confident and relaxed during the actual shoot.


Provide them with inspiration and examples of poses, expressions and attitudes that can be useful for the photoshoot.


Build trust and a good rapport with the person before the shoot. Talk with them, make them feel at ease and assure them that you will guide them throughout the process. Such as taking the time to get to know them and make them feel comfortable before starting the shoot for a portrait.


By following these tips, both the photographer and the subject will feel more prepared and confident heading into the photoshoot. This will lead to a more relaxed atmosphere, resulting in natural-looking poses, and better overall results.

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