Behind the Scenes on a Modelling Shoot

There’s nothing more exciting than taking part in your first ever modelling shoot but it is worth having an idea of what to expect before you go.

Models Direct asks its models to take their own snaps and to report back on their experiences so those who are attending an assignment for the very first time can find out more.

Read some of these, have a look at photos and videos that have been posted on our socials and remember we are always happy to answer any questions you have before heading off.

In the meantime, here is a little glimpse behind the scenes:

Your arrival

Before heading off to your photo or film shoot, you will have been given all the details of where to go, when to arrive and what to bring with you. When you arrive, you may well be met but if not then report to the head of production, the director or whoever is in charge of the shoot. They are then likely to run through the day’s events with you; explaining what will take place and when you will be required.

On set

Photo and film shoots do vary from project to project. Some bookings may simply involve one photographer, while for others there may be a whole team of people, each with a different role. For some assignments, you may well be sent to wardrobe, hair and makeup. These professionals will show you what you will be wearing, help you to dress and make any necessary adjustments. They will also ensure your hair and makeup achieve the look required for the shoot. On every set, there will either be a stills photographer or film camera person. There may also be people dealing with sound, lighting, set design and props. The director is likely to oversee everything. All of these people are there to help you and guide you through the day. They understand you may not have done this before and will be happy to answer your questions.

Other people

It is highly likely other people will be milling about the set and the location too. There may be runners, who are there to assist everyone and make sure you have everything you need. If any children are involved, then their chaperones will be there. If animals are being used in the commercial or advertising campaign, then their professional handlers will also be around. There will be somewhere to sit and relax when you are not called upon and you may well meet other models in these places. We always advise our models to take a book or magazine, bottle of water and snacks with them, but you may find there is catering on your shoot. Remember to let them know if you have any special dietary requirements and don’t be afraid to grab a drink or something to eat from them. Modelling can be hard work – and you will need to keep your energy up!