I don’t know about you, but I find photoshoots a bit daunting. Get naked in front of a strange man? Sure, no problem. Get naked in front of a camera? Yeah, I’m not so keen.
But, over the years (after many fails, bad photos and wasted $$), I’ve gotten better at shoots. The key to a good photoshoot is proper preparation.
Obviously, you’re going to need someone to take your photos.
Before you book a photographer, make sure you discuss any privacy concerns with them, and carefully read over their contract (if they have one). You want to make sure you have the rights to your photos, especially if you don’t show your face.
You’ll notice that lots of escorts use the same photographers – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes everyone uses the same few photographers because the photos WORK.
However, I think it’s also worth thinking outside the box. Maybe there is an awesome non-escort photographer in your area that will take unique photos that will make you stand out from the crowd.
The trick is to be unique enough to stand out, while also still appealing to the male gaze (*insert eye roll here*). I’ve had cool artsy photos taken for escorting before – they were beautiful and shadowy and moody. The shoot looked like it could be in a fashion magazine. I love the photos, and so did all my girlfriends. Unfortunately, the photos were terrible for work, because they looked like they could be in a fashion magazine. The photos were gorgeous, but they didn’t appeal to my ideal client. I know it’s tempting to play out fantasies of being a model, but make sure you keep your business objectives in mind.
Once you’ve booked your photographer, take some time to think about what you would like to portray in your photoshoot. You should think beyond just outfits and location – instead, think about what you want your ideal client to think and feel when they see your photos. Make sure you discuss this with your photographer – a good photographer will ensure you have the right location and outfits to capture your vision.
The style of your shoot will impact what you wear. Make sure you have a range of outfits, in case some don’t work with the location on the day. And give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect pieces – I’ve had WAY too many shoots where I’ve ended up with some crappy lingerie from a department store because I left it too late to find my dream outfit.
If you show your face, you might like to get your makeup professionally done for your shoot. Even if you don’t wear heavy makeup in real life, your face can look washed out in photos if you don’t have much makeup on. I don’t show my face, but I like to get my hair professionally done for shoots so I look polished.
If there is any other beauty maintenance you like to do (e.g., teeth whitening, eyebrow waxing, hair colour, manicure, pedicure, spray tan, etc.), make sure you book these appointments for a few days before your shoot. This will give you plenty of time to fix anything up if it goes awry.
DO NOT leave it until the last minute to pack everything for your shoot. Pack the evening before so that you can ensure you don’t forget anything.
On the day of your shoot, wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tight clothing will make indentations on your skin, which doesn’t look great if you’re shooting nude or in lingerie.
DO NOT skip breakfast. Your weight is your weight – you’re not going to lose weight between breakfast and the time of your shoot. If you’re hungry, you’ll feel cranky and your photos will turn out worse. Just eat the food.
RELAX. You’ve put the work in to make sure you have the best photos possible. If you’re nervous about posing and haven’t done a shoot before, TELL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. If they are good at their job, they will reassure you and make you feel comfortable. Follow your photographer’s directions and your photos should turn out great.
Photo by Unsplash.
Disclaimer: I cannot, and do not, speak for all sex workers. I speak from my experience of working in a legal brothel and as an independent escort in Australia. Where possible I try to be inclusive. However, I can’t relay every experience of sex work – especially if I haven’t experienced it myself. This blog is for entertainment purposes only.