We all know clothes are extremely important for photoshoots. The colors bring out your natural glow while the cuts accentuate your natural figure. But what about accessories? How do you even go about throwing together hats or necklaces or scarves? Worry no longer. This is your guide to the awesome world of photoshoot accessorizing.
Hats, headbands, scarves, and anything else that sits on your top are considered an extension of your wardrobe more so that an actual accessory. Because of this, they are added in as a way to make your shots more fun or flirty, giving you props to mess around with as you find the look you’re trying to capture. They also run the risk of distorting your face, so be cautious.
Jewelry is the heart and soul of the accessories. Earrings, rings, bracelets, broaches—the list goes on, and all have the potential to add something truly unique to your shot. At its core, jewelry is there to act as the finishing touch to the outfit. Each piece is there on purpose to make everything appear as put together as possible. If you have favorites, dress for those, but don’t be afraid to bring other outfits and other jewelry just to see what a different look can evoke.
Everything else, including handbags and sunglasses, fall under this umbrella. While certainly not the most important, they nevertheless bring to your pictures a flair for fashion that the other pieces can’t. Similar to the head, though, these accouterments probably aren’t going to add sophistication more than they’re going to add a sense of fun and adventure. After all, who brings sunglasses to anything more formal than an outdoor event?
While it is enough to simply show up to a shoot and let photographers do their thing, never underestimate the advantage you give yourself when you understand just what their job requires.
When it comes to lights, theories run deep. Textbooks about explaining light and its usage have been around for hundreds of years, and this isn’t even including color theory. You don’t need to be a master lighter, but let’s go over the basics just so you know why the general layout is usually the way it is.
Typically there will be three types of lighting you encounter. Front lighting, though flat looking, helps bring out natural details by hiding shadows. Side lights add in the depth by creating shadows. Back lights hit the subject from behind to create a glow and add depth. Sometimes you’ll be faced with all and sometimes none based on the goals of the shoot.
Much like lighting, the desired product greatly influences the tools of the trade. Photographers typically have one type of camera and a ton of different add-ons they switch between. Sometimes there’s a flash, other times they need five different lenses. While it may seem confusing, know that along with the light, they are testing out the canvas that will give them the perfect results.
Physically, most photographers are extremely active. You know how angles are important for selfies? This concept is no different for photographers. Angles greatly affect what is seen and how it is perceived. As far as their cameras go, the best thing you can hope to see is a photographer that experiments with lens length and distance from the subject. An 85mm versus a 200mm can make or break the natural beauty of a shot.
Before you walk the runway, you need to work the audition room with nothing but your confidence and an outfit that tells the judges everything they need to know about your potential.
Ready and Researched
Before donning your audition attire, know what look is even required of you. Each call is different. Some demand designer while others are much more general. Will they want a swimsuit? Are they hoping for winter wear? Read through the guidelines carefully before putting together your ensemble.
Safe and Simple
You are a blank slate the judges are imagining in their product. The more you can do to create a canvas of your body, the better your audition will go. Men, find fitted, plain t-shirts and fitted jeans or khakis. Women, fitted t-shirts and tank tops are ideally paired with fitted jeans. Your hair should be plain but well-coiffed and any visual noise should be muted.
An audition is not a night on the town. Again, it is a blank slate, but you certainly don’t want to arrive without any makeup whatsoever. Opt for natural looking colors and shading. Bring out your features without the cat eyes. What if they want your mole or your freckles? They certainly won’t see those features if they’re covered by thick layers of foundation.
Shoes you’ll want to bring a few of. Ideally, begin with the flats but always come prepared with heels of different lengths. While flats play to your natural gait, heels truly show off your poise and grace when balancing. Just like the clothes and makeup before this, shoot for nudes or blacks. The focus is on your face, not your feet (unless otherwise stated in the audition requirements).
There are a lot of different heel types out there. For the aspiring model, being told a find a heel for the runway is far more daunting than learning how to do makeup and hair. Instead of burrowing into the books, play to these fast and loose rules regarding what shoes work best for you until you find your signature sole.
We’ve all worn heavy shoes before. Sure, they fit like a dream and hug your feet like a pillow, but after twenty minutes your legs are burned out from having to lift so much extra weight. Now imagine how poorly this would translate on a runway. During a show, you’re supposed to glide elegantly with total control. For this reason alone your search needs to start with light heels.
Find a Fit
Now that weight is out of the way, it’s time to buckle down and search and search and search until you find the right fit. Nothing short of perfection will do here. Your heels should be an extension of your legs, and that’s not going to happen mentally if you feel your foot slip every time you take a step. Size up and size down until that hug happens.
Showing off confidence on stage is far easier if the ground you’re walking on is solid. Platforms do not provide this. They rob you of your foundation because of the curvature of the bottom of the shoe. Don’t worry about your height. Worry about your strut. Jumping off of this, 4 foot heels are generally recommended as the ideal to aim for.
Name the Name
As you go out on your search, keep these heel types in mind:
Ever wanted to be the trendsetter? Ever wanted to walk into a room and immediately be met with looks of people who immediately make a note to find your fashion? Don’t wait any longer. Style yourself to the latest and greatest trends without blowing the bank or your closet space.
Learn Your Fashion Basics
Fashions change every season but that doesn’t mean you have to revamp your wardrobe when the temperature fluctuates. When it comes to couture, there are a lot of things that remain the same across the years. Study fashion shows. Identify what the big ticket styles are. Pick one realistic color, pick one realistic wardrobe piece, and pick one realistic pattern from this. Ignore the rest. Metallic plaid is not going to last but checker patterns will.
As you get used to dressing for the latest trends, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. They don’t have to be expensive if you shop at secondhand stores. Your first goal is to set up a shopping schedule. Go with a budget and go once a month. Get used to constantly updating your wardrobe so that you stay trendy. After all, trends are the exact opposite of stagnation, and if you don’t actively change out your clothes, you are actively not trendy.
Decide and Discard
Here is the most important rule for any trendy closet—buy a piece, toss a piece. It’s that simple. We all have shirts that don’t fit us quite right that sit in the back of the closet collecting dust. Why would you hold on to that after scoring a brilliant blouse perfect for this spring? The correct answer is you don’t. Do this right, and you’ll soon become the envy of others.
Healthy hands aren’t hard to achieve if you know how to properly care for your nails.
Clean and Dry
Bacteria flourishes in moist environments. This is why you always want to make sure your nails are kept as dry as possible for as long as possible. If you regularly do the dishes, be sure to invest in a nice pair of cotton-lined gloves to avoid weakening and cracking your nails.
Protect the Nail
Though strong, nails are actually prone to quite a few things that can weaken their ability to protect your fingertips. Hangnails, when pulled, not only introduce the potential of infection to your finger but could damage tissue. The cuticle, so often pushed back when nails are painted, should never be disturbed. It acts as a protective shield along the bottom of the nail and can’t do its job if it’s continually displaced. Harsh nail care products, such as nail polish removers with acetone, break down natural oils on the fingernails, making them brittle and hard, irritating the skin around the nails.
Believe it or not, the building materials pulled from your body to craft your fingernails are directly derived from the food you eat. The better you eat, the healthier your nails will be. At the top of this list is biotin, a B-complex vitamin that is found in dairy, salmon, and sweet potato. Magnesium is another heavy hitter and is found widely across a variety of nuts and beans. Finally, keratin, the structural protein that makes up your nails, is increased better and faster when you eat enough protein. Meat, of course, is the biggest source, but if you’re aiming to avoid animals, dairy, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains also provide this essential macronutrient.
You’ve memorized your monologue. You’ve studied the play you’re auditioning for. You’ve nailed your headshot and resume. Now for the final piece of the puzzle—your outfit.
Capture the Character
Assuming the audition is for a specific play rather than an all call, you will have one role you’re aiming to nab. Dress for that role in as far as seems natural. Plays can go stylized in a direction you may not know about but a basic character description can give you a gentle nudge in the correct direction. Does the character wear a specific color? Do they opt for pants instead of skirts? Is their hair short or long? Dress to that idea and let it carry you through your audition.
Come Comfortable and Confident
Make sure that what you show up in is comfortable. There very well could be physical work and you’ll need to be able to move should they give you that direction. You’ll also want this outfit to reek of confidence. Your performance can only be enhanced if you believe you are fully dressed your best. They say clothes make the man, but, really, clothes make the mind—and it shows.
Don’t Forget Foot Focus
Shoes are just as important as your choice of outfit. Be honest with yourself from the get-go. If you can’t move in heels, don’t wear heels. Shoes that throw you off balance or cause you to stomp around will only draw attention away from your performance. All of the directors’ eyes should be on your face, not your feet. Should you get the part and the character wears heels, you’ll have months to practice, but the judges don’t need to know that just yet.
Runways capture the imagination when thinking of modeling, but walking, turning, and walking back is hardly the extent of what it means to model. In fact, one of the most prolific avenues is actually one of the faster branches to break into—commercial print. Run by companies and their need to show off products, audience appeal means a much more diverse spread of opportunities for you.
The First Look
Your headshot here is more important than anywhere else. Since this is how you are first seen, it is absolutely crucial you spend the time and money necessary to create a good one. The strongest contenders immediately connect your face with those looking at your profile. Avoid artsy shots with blur or extreme angles. Sell your face and you’re that much closer to landing a job.
Know the Market
Research companies. Research their products. Research the audience. Agents who work in this field can all agree that a knowledgeable aspiring print model is far more successful than those going in blind. Being honest about the company and what they’re selling means you can accurately assess your own traits to honestly determine if you truly fit the mold they want to fill. In short, don’t waste time.
Unlike runway models, commercial print requires a bit more control over expression. In fact, many successful models in this line of work are actually, in part, trained in both acting and modeling. Modeling makes sense. After all, you need to know how to pose. Acting, however, may seem a little too distant, but it’s not. How many advertisements have models in a scene exhibiting one clear emotion in a single photograph? The easier it is for you to achieve that flexibility, the more valuable you become.
Every year hair products get better and 2019 is no different.
Arguably the coolest addition to any haircare ritual is gloss. Designed to add a shine to colored hair that only seems to happen after a visit to the salon, hairstylist Kristin Ess continues releasing her Signature Gloss blends so that color can remain full and shiny regardless of when the next touch up is.
From face masks to body scrubs, charcoal is the latest in beauty products that seems to be safe to use almost everywhere. Dry scalps have long been detested and Drybar On the Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub is just what the stylist ordered. Not only does it keep the scalp healthy, but it also washes away residue from the products you use daily.
This shampoo comes with a price tag. At $28 per container, the Living Proof Detox Shampoo is hardly a casual purchase, but it is a must-have item if your hair needs a full cleaning. It is a full on purge of pollution, product, and water residue that will leave your hair feeling healthier than it ever has.
Losing the Limp
We all know about oils and how those help with shine, but what about those of us that simply want bounce? Virtue Texturizing Spray is the newest contender on the field. Used during the Golden Globes, its lightweight mist is no pushover when it comes to long-lasting hold.
Blonde is Better
While John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Miracle Masque is hardly the only product using lemon this year to strengthen hair both before and after coloring, it’s definitely on the top of many lists. This is because of its focus on lemon oil and the oil’s natural ability to repair hair health safely and naturally.
As with every change of season, so come the exciting new styles and celebrations of fashion with it. Be the first one ready to celebrate spring with these exciting nail designs.
Truly a fashion born from the love of a bygone era, CD nails are a fashion that may not last longer than this spring, so enjoy them while you can. The secret is in the gloss, making the reflection shine like when a light is held to the back of a CD.
Certainly a trend but a trend that’s actually been taking off over the last few years, many makeup and nail artists have latched on to the mystic beauty of galaxy-inspired designs. Because this style requires a true artist’s eye due to its intricacy, don’t be afraid to pay a bit more to guarantee you walk out with a look that will catch positive attention.
Metallic nails have truly found a permanent place in the general fashion line up. Appearing at most fashion shows nowadays, the only big decision to make for the season involves trying out the newly released brands and picking your favorite.
If you like changing your nails up often, this season is your season to shine. Matched nails and clothing prints are the biggest statement you can invest in this year.
Hearkening back to the general designs of the 80s, squiggles, and scribbles, broad lines of color without any pattern, are ideal when you wear a lot of accessories. It’s an addition to the planned chaos that actually ties everything together in a very respectable way. Currently, the best way is to choose one color and squiggle that over a clear bottom coat.