Pre Shoot Tips & Tricks

So I decided to create a small blog post in order to highlight some of the key areas that should have special attention paid to before you go to your photo shoot.

You really wouldn’t want to compromise your opportunity by arriving to a photo shoot without some foresight into what will be required and how to prepare for an event like this.

Prior to arriving at your photoshoot you should firstly research the photographer to get some insight into the style and type of work they portray. Having some understanding of this will make things a lot easier when working together on the day of the shoot. 

Understand exactly what you want to achieve and the types of images you are expecting to come from the shoot. Please don’t turn up hoping that the photographer will be able to do all the footwork for you. If unsure, grab some pictures from magazines, google images etc Bring them on the day and show the photographer the ideas you have in mind. Some direction is better than none!

So without further adieu lets discuss some tips on how to get the most out of your photoshoot!

Model: Lauren Bradshaw shot by Illuminatus Photography

Model: Lauren Bradshaw shot by Illuminatus Photography

Practice poses

Most people are unaware of the amount of work involved or pressure the photographer is under whilst shooting. If he/she has to spend a great deal of time trying to direct you into a new pose every shot, then the shoot and final result will suffer greatly. There are plenty of videos on youtube available to learn from, so please put some practice in before hand to make the shoot flows nicely on the day. Aim to have a new pose for every shot the photographer takes!

Turn up on time

This is really quite simple, but you maybe surprised by the amount of clients/models that turn up late. To avoid creating an atmosphere or losing time on your shoot, turn up at least 10-15 mins before hand so you can prep and be ready to go.

Dress code

Make sure the day before the shoot all required items of clothing are clean and ironed, ready to go. There is no need to add time to post processing by having to force the photo editor to iron out creases or clean up dirty marks. Personally my biggest gripe, especially within the fitness industry, is dirty trainers. A brand new outfit or perfectly chiselled physique can easily be ruined by a old/dirty pare of footwear, please don’t do it!

Hair, make-up and oils

Clean, healthy and shiny hair is going to look the best on the day of your shoot. Please make sure you have your hair styled and ready to go prior to the shoot to avoid losing out on shoot time. Bring hair products and a comb if necessary to quickly restyle for a different look in between locations/set ups etc Having the ability to change your hair style would be a great advantage on the day, so have a hairband/bobble at the ready so you can fix it up or down quickly.

Make up, like hair, needs to be ready to go prior to the shoot. Please note that if the make up creates a shine this could create an oily/shiny look on the skin which is very difficult to iron out in the post processing stages. If you have a clear powder to put over the top of your finished look then please bring it and apply just before you step in front of the lens. 

Oils, for fitness shoots need to be used with caution. Just like the make up creating an shiny look, things like baby oil will also look this way causing an issue within the post processing of the images. If you feel oil is necessary, I suggest from personal experience using grapeseed oil, it’s far less glossy but helps just as much to add some depth to those shredded muscles!

Quick note: Please do not wear excessive amounts of jewellery/make up/accessories on the day, keep it simple and as natural as possible!

Finally relax and get some sleep

Don’t worry or make yourself anxious about the shoot the night before. Eat a light healthy meal and drink plenty of water. Dehydrating yourself the night before will only make your body hold onto water and make you look soft. Get a good nights rest so you look nice and lively the next day.

Diligence and professionalism will be rewarded in the modelling business. Always assume that your photographer is working on your behalf to provide you with as much exposure as possible as their success is also reliant on your success. Portfolios will increase the likelihood of you securing assignments and thus increasing your modelling bio.

Have fun, stay relaxed, enjoy the experience and smile!

Model: Lauren Bradshaw shot by Illuminatus Photography

Model: Lauren Bradshaw shot by Illuminatus Photography



Tinasha & Jaymin's Wedding Day

Firstly I would like to congratulate the beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day. It was a fantastic wedding and I throughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

If you are unfamiliar with Hindu weddings, I am going to do my best to explain what went on at Tinasha and Jaymin's wedding day.

Swagatam & Madhuperk -  WelcomingGroom & his family

The Barat, the singing and dancing procession of the groom and his family, reaches the wedding venue. The bride’s family welcomes them with Aarati and sweets, as a symbol of happiness and good tidings to come.  

Shri Ganesh Prayers & Poonyahvachanam

After all are seated, the ceremony starts with prayers to Lord Ganesh to bless this occasion and make the marriage ceremony free of obstacles. 


VadhuAagman – Arrival of the Bride

The bride is brought to the mandap typically by her maternal uncle, along with bridesmaids, and grooms’ men. 

Mangalashtakam &  Sankalpa - Mutual Approval

After the Mangalmantrasare recited, Bride and Groom garland each other, indicating their mutual approval to proceed with the ceremony. The Pandit explains them the objectives of the Vivaah Samskar and then they propose to marry each other and enter the Grahasthashrama as a married couple. 

Kannyadaan- Giving Away theBride

In the Brahma Vivaah, the highest form of Hindu marriage, Bride’s parents, “give away” the Bride as one of the noblest acts they will perform in their lifetime. Bride and Groom then commit to remain faithful to each other, while pursuing Dharma, Artha and Kama. Bride’s mother pours holy water on bride’s father’s palms, which flows into Groom’s and then into Bride’s palms, symbolizing the continuity of life, repaying the debt to their forefathers and the passing of the family heritage to the next generation. 

Akshatropanam  &  Panigrahanam (Hastmelap) - Expectationsfrom Married Life

The Bride and the Groom communicate their expectations of married life and show their consent by showering rice on each other. The bride requests his support for a healthy and prosperous family life. The groom requests for her support in pursuing Dharma and for her cooperation in his various endeavors for a successful life. They accept each other’s hands with blessings of Heavenly Gods with a promise to stay together for the rest of their lives, symbolically tying each other’s wrists with sacred thread which is called Sutrabandhanam.

Mangalsutrabandhanam  – Marriage Commitment to Each Other

Groom adorns Bride’s neck with the Mangalsutra, a necklace symbolizing good luck, love and friendship. The groom applies kumkum on the bride’s forehead, now as a Soubhagyavati. The bride applies chandan tilak on the groom’s forehead, now as a Grahastha. With the wedding ring exchange, they commit to support each other, in good times and bad times, in happiness and sorrow, with unending love. They are joined together in a marriage knot by the Groom’s sister or mother, as a symbol of their permanent bond 

VivaahHoma  –  Worshipping the Sacred Fire

Vivaah Homa is the start of the Grahasthashrama for the couple. The couple lights the Agni, the holy fire that symbolizes light, power and knowledge, and acts as a witness to the ceremony. The bride and groom repeat the sacred pledge of marriage and request Agni to be the messenger for their prayers to various Gods, for Santati (children), Sampatti (wealth & prosperity) and Deergharogya (long& healthy lives).

Saptapadi  – Taking the Marriage Vows with Seven Steps

The couple takes seven steps together to reiterate their aspirations of their married life.

With the first step, we will provide for and support each other.

With the second step, we will develop mental, physical & spiritual strength.

With the third step, we will share the worldly possessions.

With the fourth step, we will acquire knowledge, happiness and peace.

With the fifth step, we will raise strong and virtuous children.

With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons.

With the seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other.

Ashirvad – Blessings

We all offer our blessings to the couple for long and happy lives together. After being declared as Husband and Wife, Groom and Bride bow to all invited guests and leave the mandap as a newly married couple as the guests shower them with flower petals.

Cutting of the cake. Sharing is caring Jaymin!

The first dance.

The family dance.

Family is everything - Children are our gifts from God.

Vidaai - The ending of the marriage

Vidaai In Indian Marriage amidst all fun and entertainment, marriage is one of the most emotional moments in Hindu marriage. This is a post wedding ritual, and marks the end of the marriage ceremony. It's a very emotional episode for everyone, when the bride seeks leave from her parents, family members, friends and relatives and goes to her husband's home to start a new life. It is a new beginning for her, as she bids farewell to her parents and goes to build a new life with her husband and his family. 

Just when the bride and the groom sit in the car and its starts, the bride's brothers and cousins push the car from behind, signifying that they have given her a push ahead to start a new life with her husband. Money is thrown on the road to discard evil. 

Such a beautiful love story. Again congratulations to Tina & Jay on their wedding day. Many thanks to Alpesh Rabadia for the support!

The beautiful bride, Tinasha.