Studio Photoshoot

This page is dedicated to ensuring a successful studio photoshoot. All my tips and tricks are consolidated below. Enjoy! I am here if you have questions.


Here are some great videos if you are new to posing. Those who watch these videos at least 3 times and practice for a week have great photoshoots!

  • My favorite video - this is a must watch
  • 60 poses in one minute (flow posing) , click here
  • Another fun video is here
  • Another fav is here
  • Another is here
  • Guys, click here. (Ignore the props portion though!)

A portrait of two models taken in Mesa, Arizona


  • Bring 4 outfits to your photoshoot. One outfit is formal, the other is causal (jeans). It's good to have backups in case something doesn't work, or if there is time left over!
  • Clothing should be age appropriate
  • Avoid neon's & fluorescents
  • Avoid clothing logos
  • Baggy clothing never photographs well. If it fits well, it shoots well.
  • When in doubt, ask!
A picture of 4 models in various poses taken in Mesa, Arizona


  • Please wear foundation and light makeup (natural lipstick, blush, if wearing eyelashes, make sure they are a natural-looking) 
  • Ladies wear and bring mascara.
  • Eyebrows should be in good shape (waxed or tweezed)
  • Nails MUST be natural, or nude color, NO COLORED NAILS! Must be average length, not extra long.
  • No face jewelry, no necklaces or bracelets, no big hoops, studs in-ears are ok (everything else is distracting).
  • Hair is clean and dry, with your product, straight or curled. Camera-ready!
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Drink lots of water the day of and before!
  • No last minute spray tans!

A headshot taken of a model in a white top in Mesa, Arizona

Shoot Duration

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled time
  • Make sure you see me when you arrive; don't wait in the lobby
  • Ready to shoot when the time starts (including hair, make-up, clothing, etc.)
A collection of model portraits taken in Mesa, AZ

Cell Phones

Leave them in your bag or better yet in the car (including parents). I need your 100% attention. When I have to compete with a parent or a friend with a cell phone it slows us down and breaks our rhythm and detracts from your time. Let's work together to focus our attention on you!  

A portrait of 4 models in various poses in Mesa, Arizona


This should be a fun experience. If you follow the tips above then you will have a great shoot!

  • Practice the posing videos
  • Arrive early
  • Bring 4 outfits to a 2 look shoot
A portrait of 4 models in different poses in Mesa, AZ
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