Shoot Day

Some helpful tips to make the most out of your shoot.

Shoot Day

Congratulations! You’ve booked a shoot. What happens when you get here?

First of all, I’ll make you a nice cup of tea* and we’ll have a look through your outfits and chat about the day ahead. (*other beverages are also available). Then my hair & make-up artist will get to work making you look even more fabulous. This takes around an hour, depending on the length of your hair. I’ll be with you throughout, as the more used you are to me, the more relaxed you’ll be for the shoot.

Then it’s time to put on your first outfit and have your picture taken. Nervous? Don’t worry, I’ll give you all the guidance you need, and everyone takes a while to warm up, even full-time models, so there’s no rush or expectation. I start with nice, easy, natural poses that you don’t have to think too much about, and we work at your own pace till we have the shots we need.

I’ve listed a few dos and don’ts below to help the day go smoothly.

Be On Time

I work with natural light and hey, we’re in England with all its lovely weather, so it’s very important to turn up on time for your shoot. I would suggest leaving half an hour earlier than you think you need to, that way if you get delayed you’ll still get here on time without having to stress about it, which doesn’t help the photos. If you turn up early it’s no problem, I’ll make you a nice cup of tea and you can relax for a bit.

Allow Enough Time

My make-up artist takes the time to make you look amazing and I don’t believe in rushing a shoot, plus it’s nice to have a look through the photos after we finish, so please allow 4-5 hours in total. If you have to be somewhere else afterwards please let me know when you arrive.

What To Wear

As a rule, simple is normally better. Very bright colours, busy patterns and fussy shapes all take attention away from you, which is not a good plan. Classic, simple outfits that you see in photos all the time are used because they work.
  • It´s easier to make you look good in underwear/swimwear than clothes unless you have REALLY nice clothes, denim always works and it´s good to accessorise. Bring at least one pair of heels, as they make a big difference to your posture, even if they’re not in shot.
  • A strategically placed sheet can be suggestively sexy without showing any more of you than a dress would.
If you’re going to be posing in lingerie or less it’s better not to turn up in tight fitting clothing as it’ll leave marks which will show up on the photos.


I feel I need to mention this as several people have turned up with friends or relatives. This is a professional photoshoot & it’s not normal to bring friends to work. An essential part of what makes my photos successful is that we get to know each other a little which helps you relax in front of the camera, & this just doesn’t work with someone else there. You need to be 100% focussed on getting great photos – with another person there you always have a small part of your attention on them, in fact people often feel awkward posing in front of someone they know. The bottom line is the photos wouldn’t be as good, and for that reason alone I prefer not to have anyone else in the room. If you want to come early and bring someone to meet me and check you’re comfortable with me and the studio that’s fine, but I ask that they leave when we start make-up (my make-up artist also can’t work if you’re chatting to someone else). If you really want to share the experience with someone, please message & we can have a chat about it.

Fake Tan

DO NOT TURN UP COVERED IN FAKE TAN!! In close up, and under studio lights it ALWAYS looks streaky and takes hours to retouch out. It doesn’t suit the natural light I work with and most importantly fake tan comes off on the furniture so I cannot shoot you if you’re wearing it. A good quality professional tan is ok.

See you soon

Chanelle Hayes

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