Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Preparing For Your Fitness Shoot

With MABBA Novice coming up we have a lot of athletes booked with us that are doing their first professional photoshoot, so we will try and give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the shoot. Having professional photos taken when you are in shape is an awesome way to keep a record of your progress. Having a photo record really allows you to document your physique progress and it’s such a motivating and fun goal on its own.

Some things to think about before your photoshoots are; what is the theme you are looking for, what kind of outfits would you like to wear; are you shooting to submit to magazines, if so do the magazines have specific criteria. Is this photoshoot going to be used as a gift for your spouse or family? Are you looking for cute or sexy or fun type of shots, or little bit of all of those? Plan a little so you have some ideas, then discuss them with us. Get creative. Send us some links to images you like. Load some onto your phone and review them with us before we start shooting. We always pull inspiration from your suggestions and it helps to get our creative juices flowing in the direction you’d like the photoshoot to go.

Once you have your theme in mind you can begin to think of the details like your hair, makeup, tan, nails, accessories, outfits and overall colours. We work with makeup artists and hairstylists in case you don't want to look after those details yourself. Practice your facial expressions and poses in front of the mirror – it may sound strange but you will be happy you did. All of these details add to the success of your images (plus they are part of the fun!).

Depending on the length of the shoot, you may want to pack some food so you stay on top of your healthy eating. Avoid tight fitting clothing that may leave marks on your skin. We have weights in the studio so you can pump up before we actually start taking photographs.

Always bring more accessories and outfits then you expect to wear because you never know what might pop up and you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity. If you are doing your own makeup, or having it done before you arrive, bring your hair spray and your makeup bag for touchups.
We often ask you to sign a model release so that we can use the photographs for studio display, website and social media use, but this is totally optional and don't feel pressured into signing it. Most clients, however, are flattered and look forward to seeing their photos displayed. On the day of your shoot you are welcome to bring someone with you.

Lastly, have fun! If anything you will gain experience in front of the camera and end up with some fabulous shots of all your hard work that you can show your kids (or grand-kids)!