If you are in the modelling industry, it is virtually impossible for you to not hear the name Tyra Banks. This supermodel created the Top Model franchise, including Britain’s Next Top Model, which has launched many modelling careers across the globe for years.
The secret to Bank’s modelling success though? It’s how good she looks in every photoshoot. After all, she makes them all look so easy!
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But as a new model in the industry, you know that achieving this level of naturalness is anything but easy. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you get started. Below are three tips to help you look great in every photoshoot.
Choose an outfit that boosts your confidence
Unless the photographer asks you to wear a very specific outfit, take advantage of the fact that you have free rein over your clothes. Like, of course, your outfit needs to fit the photoshoot’s theme, but it’s also important to feel good when you put them on.
After all, if you look good, you feel good — boosting your inner confidence.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to choose an outfit that flatters your body type. The best dresses for petite women are those that define your waist and make your legs look longer, like wrap and belted dresses. You should also avoid vertically-patterned clothing, as horizontal stripes can make you look shorter.
On the other hand, if you have an hourglass shape, go for outfits that will accentuate your shape, like midi dresses, long tops, and structured blazers. Avoid wearing A-line dresses and pleated skirts because they hide your figure.
Just be sure to plan your outfit beforehand, so you still have time to see how it looks in photos.
Take the extra time to do your hair and makeup
Much like choosing an outfit, it also helps to put extra effort into your hair and make-up as well. For instance, if you’re tasked to pull a grungy look, you can ditch the mascara and apply some eye shadow. Or what if your photographer wants something a little sexy? You can try using a nude lip liner, which tends to present a more mature look.
As for your hair, one great tip is to use dry shampoo the night before your photoshoot. This will naturally add volume to your hair, allowing it to look great in whatever style you decide on.
Practise in front of a mirror
Before stepping into any photoshoot, it helps to just stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself. First, look for your best assets and see how you can highlight them in front of the camera. What’s the best thing about your face, for instance? Are your legs something you can flaunt? Do you have a photogenic angle?
Once you know what features to highlight, you can test different poses and start taking photos on your own. You can even try turning your body slightly away from the camera to add depth and appeal to your photos.
Practise posing on cue too, and remember to relax. If you’re nervous, it will definitely show.
For more tips, check out this article on modelling for amateurs.