It’s the perfect alignment with my style philosophy. One of the reasons I share my daily outfits – and encourage you to share yours with my Style it Project and seasonal Style File projects – is that a lot of women just aren’t visible in the media.
As a 40+ inbetweenie average height woman, I just don’t get to see women who represent me in advertising.
Smaller more independent brands are leading the charge … and a few bigger brands are on board too. Target’s summer swimsuit campaign, for example. Models with rolls, wrinkles, wobbly bits. You know, standard everyday gorgeous women.
I don’t want to see anti-ageing skincare and makeup shown on flawless young skin. Of course their skin is luminous and flawless!
Remember when Trenery launched? A brand designed for 40+ Country Road consumers used smaller sized models much younger than the 40+ target market. What the?
Kimba Likes and Seeing Me Project is a match made in body positive heaven!
I’m sharing some tips and tricks that I picked up from my day as a (pretend) model.
what I learnt from a photoshoot | hair & makeup artist
- shiny shimmery makeup can make you look sweaty in photographs
- MUAs really do use the iconic Maybelline Great Lash. Who knew?
- Individual lashes look better than strip lashes, which can make your eyelids droopy and heavy, creating shadows
- volume, volume, volume when it comes to hair. Bigger is better.
- allergy eye drops make your eyes whiter and sparkle
- suck your cheeks in to find the sweet spot for a little bronzer underneath the cheekbones
- Chanel to Colour Theory – the best product isn’t necessarily the most expensive
what I learnt from a photoshoot | stylist
- bulldog clips make clothes fit properly
- a nude smooth bra is an essential (shame I left mine at home and someone had to go and buy me one)
- prep a table of props for quick and easy outfit changes
- organise outfits on racks and provide sizing options
- furniture placement can take longer than styling the outfit!
what I learnt from a photoshoot | photographer
- a professional photographic studio is basically a giant light box, with a white space with moveable white walls and giant white light screens
- test shots are a very good idea – I’ve incorporated this into my quick daily #ootd shots
- you need to know your left and rights in order to follow directions
- you may also need to be a contortionist – shoulders this way, knees like that, eyes here, chin here, now look natural
- photographers and their assistants have a giant screen set up for the photos to instantly appear as they’re taken. They will know when they have the shot – and when they need to keep working.
- check out the photographs when there’s a shooting pause – it will help you work out what looked good and what, well, looked a bit crap
- relax and enjoy because it will come across in the photos
- be prepared to move – a lot. Sometimes the same movement again and again … and again
what I learnt from a photoshoot | model
- to get the perfect pout, pretend you’re a cow with no lips. Say “oo” instead of “moo”
- for a natural looking smile, say “haaaay” like you’re a horse. Who knew?
what I learnt from a photoshoot | my tips
this isn’t something I’m going to do every week, let’s face it! However, I did really enjoy my day as a model at a brand photoshoot. I am always interested in how things work, and learning about the process. I also love filing away knowledge for the future.
Here’s a few things that I learnt from a photoshoot as a model. I’ll be referring to these if I have the opportunity to do this again. They might help you one day too!
- make sure you take your freshly washed nude T shirt bra – don’t leave it hanging on the front door. Strategically placed so I wouldn’t forget it, of course.
- exfoliate the night before and apply a cloth facial mask
- get a good night’s sleep
- stay hydrated
- personal grooming – brow shape, freshly shaved legs
- a simple nude manicure will look nice but won’t distract
- pack a mini mani kit – if you chip one nail, you’ll have the right colour to touch it up and won’t need to redo them all
- nice white teeth – I used my at home whitening kit for a couple of days
- turn up with clean bare skin, and clean hair
- go with the flow – it is out of your comfort zone but the professionals know what they’re doing
- don’t forget to eat and drink water – a dizzy hangry model is not a good model!
- make sure you enjoy it
Have you done a photoshoot? A personal branding shoot, or a family portrait session? Got any model tips you’d care to s