A good photographer is, of course, the most important element. However, he or she is not a miracle worker. here are some tips on what *you* can do to make your photo shoot the best ever!
I’ve been the Lovings.com Adult Guide photographer for 12+ years, and had photographed hundreds of escorts, masseuses, exotic dancers and other adult entertainers of all ages, ethnicity, genders and walks of life. I hope my experience helps you have a shoot you’ll be proud of forever, and I appologize in advance if I’m stating the obvious – I learned the hard way that the obvious is not always so :-).
Please at the very least bring matching underwear – and no sprung-elastic granny panties either. Please! You’d be surprised by the number of people who show up for a $200 shoot with a ripped blue bra and white panties going up to their necks, and nothing else…
Seriously, come in wearing sexy stuff, and bring more. An hour shoot can fit about 3 changes, but not everything will “work”. Extra outfits mean you won’t have to settle for less than a perfect look. Lingerie is always nice, but you don’t have to limit yourself to it. Think of what fits your style – anything from a translucent scarf to the ripped jeans, or a full evening gown with a fur coat. Don’t be afraid to discuss ideas with your photographer, and tell him/her what your unique image is.
At one of my favorite shoots, a lady brought in three garbage bags full of fake autumn leaves, and she was photographed nude, rolling in the leaves. Beautiful photos!
Remember accessories – jewelry, belts, shoes, scarves. Shoes are the second most forgotten item, right after the hair brush.
Personal props are always great – your favorite velvet bedspread or a teddy bear, whips, that electrostim device your customers love (and fear) so much. Believe me, I don’t have one in my studio (and I gave away the one I had at home, sorry).
Yes, I do have clothing, lingerie, jewelry, shoes and such in my studio, but there are still good reasons for you to bring your own-
- Uniqueness. If you use my studio props, you’ll wear the same things a dozen others have worn. The idea is to make you stand out, not fade in.
- I don’t keep many panties around. Would you really want to wear the same pair that’s been cozy with dozens of other unnamed coochies before, no matter how well it’s washed? Ugh!
- If you have feet that are larger or smaller than average, the odds are I won’t have a pair of shoes for you – I do have a number of pairs in different sizes, but can’t hoard a whole shoe store.
Before your shoot, try to take some time to pamper yourself. Have your hair and nails done – most people remember that. The other important and often neglected part of you is your skin. NO Spray-On Tan!! By the time you get to the shoot, it’ll rub off your clothes into ugly splotches that’ll make your skin look dry and 20 years older; and it often photographs a fake orange color. Drink a lot of water, use plenty of lotion a couple of days before and on the day of the shoot. If you tan, don’t do it the same day nor the day before – it’ll dry out your skin really badly. Supple, soft skin with a healthy sheen subtly highlighting your curves will do wonders for the beauty of your shots.
Lipstick that’s too light will make your lips disappear, unless you use a lip liner too.
If you’re nervous, tense or tired, say so. There are many things we can do to make you more relaxed, and any good photographer can adjust to your particular health requirements and still get great shots.
Happy model equals great photos
Take the day of your shoot off if you can. Pamper yourself, go to a spa, get A LOT of sleep. If you’re in a good place, it’ll show and shine! Camera knows if you’re stressed out, tired, content or in love. It’s not something that can be easily “fixed” by the photographer. Not the time to have a screaming phone fight with your boyfriend, especially during the shoot (yes, it happened).
If something is making you uncomfortable or unhappy during the shoot, talk freely about it with your photographer. Her or his job is to make your shoot great, and that includes a positive state of your mind. It’s possible that he/she’s not aware that the certain poses, behavior or clothing make you uncomfortable – everyone has a different comfort level. It’s also possible that you’re simply not a good match. Don’t feel bad if you don’t “hit it off” with a photographer, even a famous one. It happens. Every photographer has a “look”, a style he or she shoots in. Move on and find the one that fits your style.
*Advanced tips –
Faking seductively half closed eyes and half open mouth looks great in person. In photos, this too often says “stoned or drunk” instead. Don’t relax your face too much, and raise your eyebrows a bit to look alert. A
good rule of thumb – for this look, your face should say that you’re remembering the moments before your last great orgasm. Just visualize this and you’ll be ok :-).
Always be straight but not stiff. Do some stretches, detect the muscles that are bunched up and try to relax them. Slouching is not sexy with no clothes on – it’ll make your breasts look less perky, and your middle thicker. It’s simple – stick out the parts of your body you want to look bigger, stretch or tighten the ones you want smaller.