Fitness Shoot Prep

A few things to help you prepare for your upcoming photoshoot

You've worked hard, you love the way you look, and now it's time to capture your accomplishments! But, you may be asking yourself, what next? No worries, I'm here to help. No matter if you're a seasoned athlete, a casual competitor or fitness enthusiast, I've put together some tips that I'd like to share with you that can help you prepare for your upcoming fitness shoot. You may have other questions as well, and I'm always just a click or phone call away, give me a shout if you need anything or have any questions.


1. Relax. I know, easier said than done, but nerves are natural and nearly everyone has them. The more you can relax prior to the shoot, the better your expressions and form will be. Remember, your shoot with me is in the privacy of my home studio, away from gawkers and looky-loos at gyms. No one will be judging you, and I'll be guiding you with 1-on-1 direction. Think of long stretching sessions, yoga, and/or meditation many days prior to the shoot -- these things will help you relax, and give you a positive sense of well-being too.


2. Wax and/or Shave a couple days before the shoot to make sure your skin looks its best, and not irritated. Men, please do not plan on shaving your face at the shoot; instead, shave early that morning, or plan on going for that rugged stubble look.


3. Get plenty of rest. Sleep is important to minimize red eyes and eye baggage. Your shoot is also athletic in nature and you will need energy. Make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep many days prior to your shoot for best results.


4. No alcohol. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated and/or cranky. Avoid any chemically induced recreational activity many days prior to your shoot.


5. Tan with Caution. Even skin tone is far more important than tanning. I will add tanning in post-processing if need-be, so I can adjust skin color and tone. What is more difficult to work with are tan lines, or orange/fake tans, or tanning lotions rubbing off on your clothes. If you have tan lines (especially farmer-tan lines from short sleeved shirts on men, or women from bikini straps that may show), then I'd suggest working on getting an even tan many days prior to the shoot if possible.


6. Select your wardrobe early. Think of things that are tight fitting to help reveal your body and shape. Bring multiple outfits and colors if possible to choose from. Remember, it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Also, to avoid compression lines in your skin, it's often best to wear loose-fitting clothes to the shoot and change when you arrive.


7. Prep makeup before the shoot. Women: It's best to have your hair and makeup done right before the shoot, and bring some along for touch-ups just in case.


8. Study my portfolio and other photos you've seen that speak to you, and feel free to share with me prior to the shoot. Look at the expressions, and feel free to practice many days before the shoot by looking in the mirror. One easy trick is to look in a mirror, then close your eyes, try the expression, then open your eyes. It will get your mind accustomed to fire that expression at will.


9. Do not workout the day of the shoot, wait to workout after. A fitness photo shoot can be taxing, and it's best to have 100% energy. If you need to get pumped for any of the shots, I provide bands and weights that you can use prior to a take. This is also compensated for in post processing.


10. Avoid injury including things that can make for minor cuts and bruises. Wait until after your shoot to play rough with your pet or spar in the ring.


11. Eat light the day of. Don't starve yourself or dehydrate. You will need energy for your shoot. You don't want a bloated belly however, so make sure you keep your meals small the day of the shoot. Feel free to put on the feedbag once we're done. Also, it's a good idea to bring a protein bar or snack along as well to avoid any blood sugar/crash issues.


12. Plan on arriving early. I'm located in a guard-gated community and you will be on the list the day of your shoot. There are sometimes lines at the guard gates, and of course there is almost always traffic in SoCal. If you arrive earlier than your scheduled shoot, no worries, I love the company! And who knows, you may even get a glimpse of my elusive cat Roxy.


13. Contact me at any time if you have any questions. I'm always just a click or phone call away.