HOW TO PREPARE FOR A Fitness PHOTOSHOOT

A fitness photoshoot is an opportunity to show off your hard work. Just be yourself! You want the photos to reflect who you are and what you love doing.

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Communicate with your photographer.

Wearing the right outfit and makeup for a fitness photoshoot is very important, so make sure you are prepared. A good photographer will be able to direct you on how to pose, but it also helps if you have an idea of what you want ahead of time. I've shot quite a few fitness photoshoots in the past, and below are some tips that will help:

When communicating with your photographer, it's important that you are honest about what you want from the shoot. If there is anything specific that would help achieve these goals or make the shoot more effective (i.e., certain clothing or props), mention it beforehand so they can prepare accordingly.

THINK ABOUT THE RESULT YOU WANT

Before you start a photoshoot, think about what exactly you’re trying to achieve. Consider your lighting, angles, and backdrops. What do you want to show? What do you want to hide? What is your message?

If it’s a fitness shoot, then consider what type of look or feeling fits with that genre. Is it more important for the photos to be dramatic or whimsical? Do they need to be bright and airy, dark and moody or somewhere in between?

Locations

Studio B

Maximum Privacy and comfort

I have a dedicated shooting space in central Hamilton with nice natural light and studio lighting options. Comfortable rain or shine. A place to change. Music.

Nature

beautiful organic settings

If you are hardy and love the idea of doing your shoot in the forest, the beach, or near a waterfall, then nature shoots are the way to go. We might need to time it for when the public isn't about, like early morning, or travel to somewhere out of town.

A place

For something unique

You might be able to get access to a place with cool character. Maybe your house, hiring a theatre, or a cool bookabach that is your vibe.

Style

Light and bright

Dark and Moody

These photos are more dreamy and upbeat. They are great for smiles and happy vibes.

A lot of people like how darker photos feel. They are great for only showing what you want to be seen and tucking away everything else into shadow. Rather than showing exactly what something looks like, you are trying to show how it feels.

Bring a variety of clothing. You should have clothing that is comfortable and flattering, but also take into consideration what type of shoot you're doing. If you are doing a fitness photoshoot in your home gym, then it would be appropriate to wear workout gear—but if you're shooting on location in an urban setting, bringing stretchy yoga pants might not be the best idea!

Consider bringing more than one outfit in case the weather changes or something else unexpected happens during the day or evening before/after your photo shoot."

Make sure you're prepared for your photoshoot. Practice in front of a mirror, and try out different poses that will look good when photographed. When you're ready to take photos, make sure that you're confident and relaxed—this will help you look natural for the camera!

What should I wear?

It's important to feel comfortable in front of the camera

What tone do you want?

Putting it all together

So, what does this all mean? It means that you should be yourself. You're not going to look like a model, and that's okay. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in front of the camera. If you're having fun with it, chances are your viewers will too!

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Skin

Practice

Hair

Make sure your makeup is done to your liking (and not too heavy). A great photographer will be able to make light work of any imperfections or blemishes on your skin—but only if she knows what's there! So take care of them well before the shoot; don't wait until the last minute because then you might have missed something important like ingrown hairs around the eyebrows or little red spots from shaving too hard around knees or ankles…the list goes on!

Make sure your hair is clean and styled. Do whatever it takes to get those fly aways under control—you'll thank yourself later when they don't show up in photos.

Practice posing in front of a mirror beforehand so that when you get into position for real shots, it feels natural instead of awkward—even though it may seem silly at first 🙂

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What is the process

Can I bring a friend?

- We will talk through the flow of outfits etc when you arrive

- Have a few outfits

- Bring water and snacks

- Avoid strap marks by removing anything tight or with elastic an hour beforehand

- I have a heater but you may want to bring a loose warm layer or robe for between setups

There is something special I want...

I really hope you do. It makes total sense. Another option is to get hair and makeup done in the studio and pay extra to have them stay to assist or for touch-ups

Requests and themes are good, either let me know beforehand or on the day. Obviously there are limits eg no contact with me (I have been asked, dont be that person). If you are into bunny suits or something then no worries.

Homework

Have a look at the questions below. If you are not sure what you want then start collecting some images on a Pinterest board and share it with me so I can look for the patterns.

You will be awesome!

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Tone

wardrobe

Style

Location

How should I direct you during the shoot from soft and pretty through to more sweaty, how do you want to be seen or see yourself?

Do you own some nice things or know what you want to wear? Have you walked around the house in them feeling awesome!

Are you feeling darker, or lighter?

Where do you want to shoot this?