How to prepare yourself for a studio photo shooting
One of the most important aspects of a photo shooting is to be relaxed.
Do never compare the upcoming shooting with the one back in elementary school when you had "picture day". A photo shooting with me will be nothing like that, the atmosphere and should be completely relaxed.

Be Well-Rested
Again, I know you will be excited and geared up the night before the model shoot but be sure to get plenty of rest. Go to bed early even if you don't feel you can sleep. The rest will do you good and you'll be more refreshed the day of the photo session.

Wardrobe
Bring several clothing, not only those you use to come to the studio.
In the list below try to realize which are those that you mostly look good with but the most important: make sure you feel comfortable with! Don't bring clothing you haven't been wearing yet or you feel uncomfortable with!
  • Casual - blue jeans, sports & knit tops, button up tops, shorts, cutoff blue jeans, etc.
  • Business Suit - just if you want a different look
  • Sports (exercise, uniforms, shorts, etc.) - If you plan to do some sports modeling
  • Swim wear - needs to be a bikini or one piece that really flatters you
  • Any props like hats, neckties, scarfs, jackets, etc.
  • Socks in different colors including black and white
Accessories
Along with each outfit, try to bring accessories which will accent or match the outfit but keep it simple.
For example: necklaces, earrings, bracelets.
For the watch please not that you normally wouldn't wear a watch unless you are doing a photo where you will be looking at the time.
Rings: I know you love your rings but they can be distracting so do not wear them unless they really add to the picture.

Hair
When coming to the photo shoot, I would suggest leaving the hair fairly natural with very little (if any) hairspray so that you can work with it after you arrive.

Avoid new makeup
No matter what the temptation, stay away from new makeup and skin care products just before a photo shoot. You could be in for a big, unwanted surprise by having a reaction to these new experiments. Just stay with what you know works for you.

Makeup and facial
Even if your shoot involves a makeup artist, you still may want to pack the following:
  • Your complete makeup kit along with a mirror
  • A moisturizer
  • Cottonballs and swabs
  • Lip balm
  • Vaseline
  • A good skin cleanser
  • Several different shades of lip color (be sure to bring some solid colors)
Nails
Remember that a nice manicure will really enhance your model photos, especially images where your hand is near your face in close-ups so pay particular attention to your nails.

Eating & Exercise habits
If the shooting is for fashion purposes you might be excited about the shooting and you'll want to be in the best shape for your session and this is actually important but don't exagerate! Diet and exercise should be done on a consistant basis and not on a binge just because you have a photo shoot this weekend. If you are following an exercise and diet program, just continue as you normally would up until and on the day of the shoot.

Overcome shyness
When it comes to working in front of the camera, things can get a little scary if you don't know how to overcome shyness.
Staying in front of the camera is for some models somehow like standing in front of a crowd. If you suffer by timidness remember all the time that your best friend at this moment is your photographer. The photos will be well estimated and balanced by both of us before a selection.
Pose in front of a mirror and pretend someone is taking a photo of you. Adjust your face, smile, posture, etc. until you feel you look good. Remember the pose and practice regularly. This way you will learn how you look when you're posing and you'll be confident that the photo is going to be as good as you were in the mirror.
Get your own camera out of the drawer and try taking photos of yourself and experiment with your smile and the way you look.