While some client know exactly what they want, others just want to be surprised and go with the flow. If you have styles in mind you don’t need to think of how to do the styling or the posing, we’ll take care of all that for you. Your photo shoot is your own personal and exciting experience and we want you to enjoy. You can be traditional, creative or a bold as you like, our goal is to create your style for you.
What’s your styles?
Fashion - Formal - Glamour - Modelling - Hollywood Glamour - Boudoir - Casual - Couples - Fitness - Lingerie - Urban - Fine Art Implied or Nude - Beachwear - Grunge - Dance - Themed - Maternity - Alternative and the list goes on.
Choosing Your Wardrobe
Try to pick at least 3 different styles. Block or solid colours are best, pattern prints or florals are ok.
To help you choose a variety of what to bring, think about what fashion you would wear to; a family picnic, a night on the town, a day at the races, going on a hot date, at the gym, at the beach and so on.
Think bohemian, chic, rocker, tomboy, sexy, grunge, casual or arty.
If this is a portfolio style shoot you need to show your versatility so it's important that you have a good variety of outfits.
If it’s a lingerie style shoot then anything from a men’s shirt, bra & panty set, lingerie or the outfit you were born in :-)
Think denim, blacks, whites, earthy or loud.
Mix it up: Jeans, Shorts, Skirts, Jacket, Crop Tops, Long Dresses, Mini Dresses, Bodysuits, Jumpsuits, Playsuits, Blouses, Singlets, Fitness Wear, Lingerie and bring your Swimwear
Something dark, something light, think texture, something fun/funky/whimsical, something sexy, consider necklines and something form fitting.
Make sure you have shoes to match all your outfits.
You can never bring to much clothing or accessories and often clients arrive with a full suitcase but if you have to travel light then bring at least 3 outfits. If you are not sure what style you want, just bring a good selection and Selwyn will take care of everything for you. You just relax and have fun.
Preparing for Your Photo Shoot
In the lead up to your shoot prepare your skin to be looking at its best. Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, exfoliate and regularly cleanse and moisturise your skin. Do not pick at pimples as it is very easy to cover them with makeup but scabs, wounds and flaky patches are trickier.
Make sure all grooming is done a week in advance if needed such as any necessary hair removal, tinting, facials and hair colour and cuts if needed. If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days for your skin to settle before your shoot. Shaving you can do the night before. If you usually have a faux glow, get a spray tan a couple of days before your shoot and don’t forget your hands, get a manicure.
On the day its best prior to your shoot to wear loose comfortable clothing so that no elastic or pressure marks are left against your skin.
How to do your own Hair & Makeup for a Photo Shoot
If you've decided to do your own makeup make sure you do a practice or trial run so that you are confident of the outcome. Under studio lighting features become a little washed so it is best to apply your make up a little bit heavier than how you want the end result to be.
On the day of your shoot prepare your skin for make-up application, by applying a primer to your skin, if you are prone to have oily skin a mattifying primer might suit your skin best as you don’t want to look oily under the lights. Otherwise use any primer to even skin tone and texture, and make your look last for longer. Then use a foundation that matches you skins tone and type. This is crucial, if your foundation doesn’t match your neck and décolletage area, your photos are not going to look good. Be sure to powder your foundation to set it for the shoot and to keep shine and oil at bay (unless, of course that is the look you are wanting to achieve).
Then apply a wash of colour or neutral tone to the eyelids. Create shape and depth by applying a stronger colour to the socket line. Make sure everything is blended well. Line the lash line on the top of the eye, you can use either pencil, gel or liquid liner, for a softer look, you can use a dark or black eyeshadow along the lash line with a fine brush. Line the lower lash line on the outer half with a pencil or with the eyeshadow and make sure the line is blended well. Apply your mascara to the top and bottom lash line, and apply you false lashes too if you have chosen to use them.
The studio is fitted with a professional make-up area and you are welcome to do your hair and make-up yourself at the studio or bring your own hair and make-up artist. Please let us know in advance if you wish to use our facilities.