- 06 May 2021
Healthy and Even Skin:
It may take some time to cleanse the skin in post-production. Clean, even healthy skin can really make the difference in time spent in Photoshop. Models can do many things for better skin.
It starts with at least eight hours of sleep at night. Not getting enough sleep can lead to unhealthy and poorly looking skin (fine lines, wrinkles, scarred skin, etc.). And I'm not even talking about whether a model goes out and drinks alcohol the night before the shoot. If so, you can be sure that when she comes to your studio she will have some red spots on her face.
If we talk about red spots then there can be a problem of acne. Ask your model if they have acne problems. Many younger models use creams that will dry out the skin which will cause a makeup artist to miss out on using (harsh) brushes.
While asking the model to stop using these products would probably be complicated, you would give them a May say to use twice a week leading to a good moisturizer shoot. Ask the model to use a peeling cream/shower gel to clean and clean the skin one to two days prior to peeling.
If you live in a sunny location or if it's summertime, don't forget to ask your model to be careful when tanning. Those awful tanning lines can be cumbersome to correct in post, especially when shooting lingerie or swimwear.
One last thing that can take time in post-production is uneven skin with wrinkles. To reduce these issues, ask your makeup artist to use skin smoothness. This does not make the model's skin completely smooth, but it will reduce inequality.
Dry lips are probably the most annoying problem to fix in the post! Sometimes you just can't do anything to make it better. If you live in a cold place, I'm sure you have a model with cracked lips.
Ask your model to apply balm regularly to avoid dry and cracked lips - and smoke as little as possible.
Never-Ending Body Hair War:
I know, people are saying that body hair is trendy now. However, I have yet to see beauty or fashion editorial with a young beautiful female model with facial hair!
Remind your model that hair removal will be great because it will save you a lot of time in post-production. Also, specify that it should not be done before the shoot on day or night as the skin may still be red. This has to be done at least 2 days in advance.
Eyebrows should also be waxed (or "reshaped") one to two days before the shoot. It is not as troublesome as body hair to remove in post. However, the time you are spending in Photoshop may be a better expense to work on another project.
Healthy-looking eyes are important, especially in beauty. If a model has poor eyes, your shoot is very poor. I have models coming to Tippy, and in that case, there is nothing you can do but cancel the shoot.
With alcohol, the eyes become brighter and the blood vessels become more prominent. Too much of the same thing happens when a model lacks sleep.
I already mentioned it when talking about skin, but sleep is really important. A model needs to be healthy to be in great condition. It will also help reduce under-eye bags.
If you are going to do a close-up shoot for makeup, be sure to ask the models to remove their contact lenses before the makeup artist starts working. They are quite easy to remove post-production, but again, it would lose time that could have been easily fixed during shooting.
No Need for Fancy Clothing:
Now you might be wondering what clothes a model has to do to get ready for a photo shoot. Have you ever shot lingerie or boudoir with a model that came with tight socks and very thin pants?.
If you have, then you know what I'm talking about.
Otherwise, lets say that tight clothes leave amazing scars on the model's skin. So do not forget to ask the model to shoot you with loose clothing to avoid those marks. Wearing bigger clothes will also make it easier to change the model after makeup.
Find the Right Way to Inform your Models:
It seems like a lot to ask your models, isn't it? Frankly, I do not tell every model everything unless it is for a commercial/editorial project. I will usually give some tips and directions for the things I face the most (without eyebrows, dry lips, and skin).
Then if the model comes to my studio with some other aforementioned "problems", I'll explain to her what she should do to be better prepared for her next photoshoot.
Some will not care, while others will be grateful for advice. As photographers, a healthy and well-groomed model can change the outcome of our work, especially when a lot of skin is visible.
When modeling about some of these problems, be gentle, though. I had angered the models when I told them they could wax their feet to come in for a lingerie/swimmer session. I've seen photographers in their model releases, others have been talking about it. I am writing on my blog and sending links to models before the shoot etc.
You can call the models one to two weeks before the session and speak with them. The most important thing is for the model to explain the reason behind your suggestions/instructions. They may not know that body hair will be so visible on the camera or that dry skin can cause makeup problems.
Communication is the key to success on a shoot. However, communication has to be started before the day of the shooting. Talking with the model about these five points shows that you are a true professional who knows his craft and wants the best of them.
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