In order to be a model, you have to look like a model. Your skin should be glowing so it is vital that you include fruits and vegetables as part of your diet and drink plenty of water. The last thing you want is to turn up at your booking with bad skin. If you haven’t got a routine, think about starting one.

This should include;

  • Facial wash

  • Toner

  • Exfoliating

  • Moisturising



It is important that you attend the job with a clean, bare face and freshly washed hair. Shave or wax at least 3 days before the shoot. This will allow time for any skin irritations to soothe and not show up in photos. Nails should be painted nude, clear or a French manicure unless told otherwise.

Hygiene is also a key factor, so look clean and smell fresh. People get very close and personal so you want to smell your best. Chewing gum isn't permitted, it is best if you have a mint or use mouthwash instead.

Be professional and polite, at all times and treat everyone with respect. You never know whom they may know or what type of recommendation they'll give you. Here are a few tips on how to be professional:

  • Be on time! – The process of organising a photo shoot is very time consuming and also rather expensive, so every minute you're late, the more money it costs them. People talk so you don't want to give them something negative to talk about. If for any reason you're going to be late, please give at least an hour notice. If you're unable to attend, please give at least 72hrs notice.

  • Build relationships – Whether it is with the hairstylist, photographer, makeup artist, etc, its beneficial to build relationships. By listening to instructions, being polite and helping the work of others look great, you'll have a good chance of working with team members again.

  • Be organised – Don’t forget to bring your model’s bag (as discussed in the next section “What’s In Your Bag”) with all the correct essentials. Always think ahead when you have been booked. It is important that you remember to do the following:

  • Wash your hair

  • Shave

  • Get your nails done.

Please consider carrying a diary along with you so you can schedule these beauty treatments, future bookings or preparations that need to be done beforehand like travel.

  • Shoots can last for hours, so always have items to keep you busy and comfortable. You don’t want your negative emotions to show in the pictures so always try to be enthusiastic.

  • Always thank the team! Take your Z-card and write a thank you message to those involved so that they remember you for future bookings.

You need to be unique and creative. Don’t be like anyone else but yourself. The artistic team want to see some creativity and a range of emotions. You need to be able to adapt to your surroundings and work with the resources available. Stand out from other models so that you can be noticed.



Take food and drink with you just in case the shoot is not catered. Just remember not to eat, drink or smoke whilst in the clothes you are modelling in otherwise you will be held responsible for any damages. Try and avoid sitting down too much in clothing that can easily crease such as satin or linen. This will take time to be ironed and will unpresentable in photos. 

I hope this helped!


It is important for your client to believe that you are the best person for the job. Therefore you must believe that too!