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Fitness Modeling Photoshoot Guide

Updated on November 26, 2013
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Abby Campbell is a Holistic Health Practitioner and President of 911 Body ResQ, an online store providing organic and non-GMO, supplements.

About the Author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)

"I have been working out really hard over the past year where I actually feel comfortable putting on a bikini and not feeling self-conscious about it. In fact, I plan to do my first fitness photoshoot soon! I'm so excited, but I don't know where to start. Are there any tips that can help me?"

What girl doesn't dream of being a model whether it's for the runway, catalog, or fitness magazines? Even some guys have the same dreams! Whether you are currently a professional fitness model or just dream to be one, you can have fun getting ready for your photoshoot with a few simple tips. All you need to bring to the table is the result of your hard earned work which is your tight, trim, and lean physique. Oh, yeah! Feeling good about yourself doesn't hurt either. Confidence is a great accessory when it comes to the camera. Use the following fitness modeling photoshoot guide for the couple of weeks prior to your shoot to help you get ready.

Fitness Modeling Photoshoot Guide
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Some Things You May Need for Your Fitness Modeling Photoshoot

You may need a few sports outfits, as well as bikinis, to bring with you. Try to make sure you bring plain apparel with you, preferably with no or little logos.

  • Clean sneakers
  • Clean socks
  • Plain sports bras
  • White tank top
  • Sport shorts
  • Fitted jeans
  • Bikinis / Bathing Suits
  • Lotion
  • Brush and comb
  • Hair accessories
  • Hairspray
  • Makeup
  • Props

Tip #1: Get Organized and Be On Time

Whether you've been contacted by a publication or just want to celebrate your new beautiful and buff physique by booking your own photoshoot, save the date. Write the date on your calendar so you don't forget, and make sure you are on time.

If you are working with a publication, you may even want to be 15 to 30 minutes early. You definitely don't want to be late because that can ruin your chances for future photoshoots with that publication. It could even give you a bad reputation in the modeling community, and you don't want to lose opportunities.

Even if you booked your own photoshoot because you want to have some awesome photos of yourself, don't be late for your appointment. Your photographer has a job to do and may have other clients scheduled around your time. Besides, you don't want him to cancel your shoot because your late.

Before heading out to your photoshoot, make sure you are organized by having everything you need to bring with you. You may even want to get a list from your photographer a week or two out from your shoot.

Tip #2: Make Sure Your Body Is In Peak Condition

You want to make sure your body is in tip-top shape for your photoshoot, especially if you are working for a publication. It's all part of being professional and sends the message that you are taking the day seriously.

Having nice and full muscles is important, so it would be a good idea to skip cardio the night before as it can lean you out too much. Who wants to show off flattened muscles? Instead, take the opportunity to do a moderate weight training session, especially for your arms and shoulders as they'll provide you with great looking pictures.

Being photoshoot ready year round is key to making it as a fitness model. Therefore, your nutrition regimen must be in check, especially around the time of a photoshoot. Stay clean by tightening the reigns. Consume high protein meals and drink lots of water. Stay away from sugar and alcohol as you approach your big day. Finish out the last night before your shoot with a good meal.

Rest is also very important. Though you may be excited the day before your shoot, you will need to go to bed early and get a good night's rest. Who wants bags beneath their eyes, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep. This way, you will look fresh and be alert.

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Tip #3: Waxing and Tanning

If you have unwanted hair that you don't want showing in your pictures, you will need to get rid of it. Razor bumps will show in pictures, so you may want to skip shaving. Instead, use wax. If you're not use to doing it yourself, you can have it done at your local salon. Call ahead of time to make your appointment. You may want to do this a few days ahead of your photoshoot as you don't want to have any redness or irritation.

You also want to give your complexion a healthy glow, which also helps your muscles "pop" in photos. Therefore, self-tanning cream and moisturizer can be used to get that glow. If you have fair skin, you may want to begin a week ahead of time. Others may only need one application the night before the shoot. To get an even glow, you may want to exfoliate before self-tanning.

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As you near the photoshoot, it's normal to get cold feet. It's an exciting event, and a bit of anxiety may set in as you near your big day. Just remember to have fun! You deserve it after all your hard work of getting to this point. Stay excited, but calm your nerves with a stroll out in nature or a hot bubble bath. Read to get your mind off the jitters, at least until you fall asleep. Then ENJOY your big day!

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About the author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For the past 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 19 year cancer survivor.


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    • Abby Campbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Abby Campbell 

      3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thank you, Joe. I appreciate your comment. :)

    • joedolphin88 profile image


      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Great advice and a great hub. This was very informative and well written. Could use some advice from someone with such great writing ability.

    • Abby Campbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Abby Campbell 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thank you, Linda.

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      4 years ago from Louisiana

      Wow, good advice. I hope it all goes really well for you.


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