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Be prepared for your photo shoot and follow a few of these tips:

Make yourself beautiful

A photo shoot is all about you. Taking care of yourself is something that starts long before the photo shoot. Doing things like removing your hair from your armpits and bikini line, trimming your nails, and looking after your teeth are extremely important preparations prior to the photo shoot that can’t be ignored.

Shaving can cause irritation, so be sure to leave plenty of time between the photo shoot and shaving. This will allow for any skin irritation to disappear in the sensitive areas. 2 or 3 days before should suffice.

Make sure your nails look natural. Manicured, well groomed, short, and no color are the preferred style for most photo shoots. It is also important that your toe nails are well manicured, especially if your bare feet have any chance of being photographed.

White teeth are very important. Make sure all your teeth are white when you smile, and if they are not colored evenly consider getting them whitened. A great smile is one of the key aspects in almost all photo shoots.

3 days before your shoot

Get instructions from the place your photos will be taken. Where they are, how to get there, and any special instructions they might have for you. Be sure you find out if there will be a makeup artist present. Never just show up expecting anything. If there is no makeup artist, then do your makeup before you go. Check out Covergirl for great advice.

Eat the right foods. Avoiding the fattening good food is very important. No alcohol, very little salt, and no sugar are important. All of these items will change the way you look at very short notice. There is also a danger of staining your teeth before the shoot. Remember white teeth are key in any photo shoot.

Pack early. Having everything ready to go will make you feel, and look less frazzled on the day of the photo shoot.

If you’re having problems with your nails that may not be fixable by the time of the photo shoot, you should consider temporary press on nails.

Make sure you start getting good sleep a few days before. Being well rested and very awake will make your eyes look better and avoid puffy unattractive eye circles.

The Actual day of the photo shoot

It is a good idea to call the photographer and let him know you are on your way. This will give them a chance to tell you the best time to arrive. You do not want to arrive too early, but being on time is very important. You should have discussed the best arrival time with your photographer earlier. In many cases, photographers have narrow windows to get you photographed. Make very sure you understand where, and when you are supposed to be ready for your shoot.

You should always call your photographer if you are going to be late. There is a chance the photographer will want to reschedule.

Eat breakfast!   A light breakfast for energy is very important. Not eating may make you grouchy, and feel sick. You need that fuel in your body to be that exceptional model you know you are.

Non-teeth staining snacks and water are good ideas to bring along with you. Sometimes photo shoots can be long. Refueling may be important to keep your energy up throughout the day.

Don’t wear sunglasses. You are going to be under some bright lights. If you come in wearing sunglasses, it may take too long for your eyes to adjust.