4 Tips to Prepare for Your First Commercial Print Photoshoot

August 8, 2019

Commercial print is one of the areas of modeling that many teen models want to be successful. This is because this segment of the industry does not have any strict requirements in terms of height, size, and even age. As such, newcomers who are not tall or are not considered as having the “editorial” look can find their break in this field.

Additionally, this aspect of the modeling industry is continuously looking for talent to grace magazine covers and pages of traditional and digital publications that advertise brands and products. Because of this, newbie models have a higher chance of landing jobs.

Finally, since commercial ads can be seen by millions of people around the world (including talent or modeling agents and brand owners), models have better opportunities to be discovered and hired by more clients.

Because of the less stringent requirements, more job opportunities, and exposure, teenagers who want to make it in the world of teen modeling can get a leg up once they land their first commercial print photoshoot.

Nailing Your First Commercial Print Job

Doing your best during your first print photoshoot assignment is crucial if you want to land more jobs and become an established commercial model.

Preparing well for a photoshoot is essential to nail your first job. You can do this by following the tips below:

Tweak your diet

If you are fond of munching on junk, unhealthy food, change your diet at least a week before your photoshoot. This means opting for healthier meals, snacks, and beverages.

Start by drinking more water every day. Aim for eight to ten glasses daily to have healthy, hydrated, better-looking skin, hair, lips, and eyes.

In the days leading up to the photoshoot, eat fresh, whole foods. Your diet should be made up mainly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean protein.

Remember to cut down on salt and high-sodium products such as chips, instant noodles, and pretzels as well at least three days prior to the photoshoot since these foods increase water retention and bloating.

Take care of the pre-shoot details

Looking your best on the day of the photoshoot will make you feel more confident and to better, impressive pictures. Because of this, it is vital that you follow the right beauty and skincare regimen and tips before your first modeling gig.

These include:

  • Waxing or shaving. If you will shave your legs and underarms, do this the night before the shoot. However, if you plan to get a wax, do so two to three days before to avoid visible irritation. Don’t forget to shave or reshape your eyebrows and remove any facial hair as well.
  • Take care of your skin. Ensure you have glowing, healthy-looking skin by exfoliating frequently. Additionally, use masks and schedule a facial a week before the shoot. Lastly, avoid using products that dry or irritate your skin.
  • Get your nails done. Visit the nail spa or salon and get a manicure and pedicure a day or two before the shoot. Opt for a French manicure or neutral shade such as nude or pink. Visit Polish Pops to get nail polish wraps and your nail care essentials.
  • Take care of your hair. Make sure your hair is at its best on the day of the shoot as well. This means deeply conditioning your hair and touching up your roots if you previously dyed your tresses. Consider getting a quick trim as well since this will make your tresses look healthy and neat.

Practice your poses

Boost your confidence and your chances of getting the best photos faster by rehearsing your poses before the day of the shoot.

Search for popular poses online or in magazines to see and study what other models have been doing. Practice them in front of a mirror and choose the ones that highlight your best angles and looks. However, make sure you are comfortable doing these poses.

While practicing, experiment with different facial expressions to convey various moods and emotions as well. This will help you come prepared to follow the directions of the photographer or client during the shoot.

Get plenty of rest

Lastly, get at least eight hours of sleep per night on the days leading up to the shoot. Make sure you especially do this the night before your first commercial modeling stint.

By getting plenty of sleep every night, you will have better-looking skin.; your eyes won’t look tired as well.

Additionally, since you are well-rested, you will be less anxious and nervous about the shoot. Instead, you will be more positive, upbeat, and ready to follow directions. As a result, you will have no difficulty impressing the photographer, talent agent, or brand representative.

With great-looking skin, bright eyes, and your fantastic attitude, your first commercial photoshoot will be a success.

As a parting tip, make sure your confidence shines throughout the photoshoot.

Following the tips above will give you a headstart. Additionally, channel all the nervousness you are feeling into excitement so that your amazing personality and talent will shine through in your photos.


Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties, and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.

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