Many of my clients are anxious before a photo shoot. The professional camera seems to be a merciless eye, and it feels as if the eyes of passers-by will only be on you…
Do you wonder what your hairstyle looks good? How do you pose? Where on the Riviera are the best shots?
These are natural anxieties that can easily be resolved with a few simple tips. The tips from this article are suitable for any kind of shoot: weddings, family gatherings, or just moody and atmospheric. I’ll tell you how to get the most out of a photo shoot, whatever the occasion.
The importance of accessories and details I mentioned above. They are often the catalyst for inspiration.
What could be the “It” detail? A bracelet and a bouquet of flowers, a perfume and a shawl, brightly printed socks and a brooch – anything that creates a special mood for you. It’s bound to come through in the photo.
Put on your favourite music, stand in front of a full-length mirror and go for it! Try different angles and poses (there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube) and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Of course, I’ll help you look your best during the photo shoot, but this rehearsal gives you confidence and inspiration.
Write down your best poses or take selfies so you don’t forget them.
The French Riviera boasts a wealth of stunning landscapes, vistas and architecture. To avoid getting lost in the variety, make a list of locations you’d like to take your picture in advance.
I organise photo shoots and photo tours virtually anywhere on the Côte d’Azur, be it Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Menton, Monaco or smaller towns. Every location has the potential for a unique story.
I will always suggest the best option, be it an idea for a shot, a location or an image. I’ll help you put ideas into action and think through logistics, all based on experience.
You don’t have to craft a fancy look! On the contrary, the more familiar and natural it is, the better you’ll feel in front of the camera. Styling doesn’t have to be complicated and your hair colour or cut doesn’t have to be drastically new. A touch-up at the roots and a trim at the ends will suffice. If you want to try an original makeup look, test it out beforehand with a makeup artist.
* With the prior approval of a specialist.
Getting plenty of rest, including a good night’s sleep, is a barrier against dark circles, red eyes and a bad mood.
Dry-clean, wash, iron, steam, wrap – the standard, but important, list.
This tip may seem trivial, but it will help you not to forget your chargers, accessories for the shoot, favorite lipstick or sunscreen at home or in your hotel room.
Both retain water in the body causing swelling, puffiness, tightness and a dull complexion. Don’t forget that caffeine is not only found in coffee, but also in tea, cocoa and many carbonated drinks.
Even sanscreen won’t guarantee an escape from sunburn, peeling or the marks from clothing that will be visible in the frame. The alternative is artificial sunscreens which can give your skin a golden hue. You’re better off applying these in a salon than on your own.
Even an innocent-looking cloth mask or face cream, which you haven’t used before, can cause an unpredictable skin reaction. Allergies, redness, comedones, dryness or excessive shine… To avoid getting it all on the eve of the shoot, postpone the experiments with new cosmetics for later.
Babies make great models. And to make sure they can perform to their full potential without any added stress, they need to be prepped for the photo shoot too:
Everything mentioned above is important, of course. But the secret to a successful photo shoot is to trust the photographer and avoid fear.
A photo shoot isn’t an exam; it’s a celebration and an adventure. Relax and enjoy the luxury of the Côte d’Azur: nothing embellishes a shot better than a genuine emotion.