What to pack for a photo shoot
Now that you’ve got a photo shoot booked, let’s get you ready for it! Getting ready for a photo shoot may seem overwhelming… organization is the key! Being organized will keep you calm and cool. Speaking from experience there are certain things that are a must regardless of the type shoot. The first thing you will need is a nice spacious bag, my personal favorite is the rac n roll. It’s a large duffel bag style suitcase that has plenty of pockets with telescopic side rods for hanging your clothes to help prevent wrinkles. It’s literally a dressing room on wheels.
At this point you have probably thought about the looks you want to capture. If not, you could hit your local book stores and browse through the latest copies of teen mags to get the ideas popping. You could also check out Pinterest boards or ask your photographer if he or she has any thoughts.
This is my checklist… it is by no means written in stone, you do you!Let’s move on to clothing. Options are a good thing always bring more than you will need. Stray away from crazy patterns and large logos. Coordinate but don’t be matchy matchy, layers are always good.
1. Little black dress (LBD)
Your LBD should be a staple piece; it doesn’t necessarily have to be black, just keep it simple. Try knit or polyester to prevent wrinkles. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.
Choose your favorite jeans, shorts, and/or capris, the ones you feel most comfortable wearing. Make sure they fit you perfectly.
Assorted colors and styles of tanks and shirts are a must. American Apparel is the perfect place to purchase these items they have any style or color you could imagine.
Coordinated flesh colored or nude bra and panty sets are best. There’s nothing worse than seeing colored bras and panties through your clothing in your beautiful photos. I suggest you bring a robe and flip flops to wear in between changes.
High heels in black and tan are the way to go. You can’t go wrong with neutral colors. Casual flats and sandals are another good choice for shoes. It’s best to have a variety to choose from, just in case the photographer has a different idea.
6. Hair/Hair accessories
Be sure your locks are clean, styled, and ready to shoot. An assortment of hair accessories such as, a brush, comb, straightener, curling iron, styling products, and hair ties will serve you well. Headbands, head pieces, and hats are a big hit for a fashionista these days.
7. Make up
Even if your shoot involves a makeup artist you will need a complete make up kit with a mirror. Be sure to have several different shades of lipstick. Don’t forget your bronzer; you will be under bright lights with a very precise camera!
Your photos will benefit greatly when you incorporate super fly accessories. The bigger the better in my opinion, but this is something that has to be your choice. It’s a personal preference. Just remember, it’s a camera and if it’s too small you won’t be able to see tiny accessories. But, I also suggest keeping simple. You don’t want to overdo it. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings are at the top of my list. Amarilo and Freepeople are my jam.
Now that we have the ground work done here are a few additional items. Body butter for smooth and glowing skin is a good idea. Sunscreen, insect repellant, and eye drops are smart items to pack, especially for an outdoor shoot. Pack lots of snacks and water to keep your energy levels up, and my personal fav is a playlist for some tunes while you work. If you want to look good packing properly is a must! Most importantly, bring a good attitude, as it reads through the camera. Best of luck with your shoots…. I look forward to seeing your fabulous pics. Tag me on Insta… I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT! @laceyjadeevans