Everything except the kitchen sink and even that can sometimes make a great prop!

Things to take to a photo shoot

Your clothing

If you are shooting with me, you will have already provided a detail list of styles and colors at least 1 week prior to the shoot.

What you need to have in your modeling bag can vary from one shoot to the next. If you are working with a makeup artist or hair stylist, you generally won’t need to carry hair or makeup products, however it is a good plan to carry them just in case.

For a detailed list of what should be included in your makeup kit – Click Here.

The following is a detailed list of everything else that you might need to bring to a photo shoot.


Headband, rubber bands, bobby pins

Brushes, combs

Hair appliances (curling iron, rollers, straighteners)


Skin cleanser and moisturizer (Arrive bare-faced for shoots with makeup artists)

Makeup kit

Body makeup

Cotton balls and cotton swabs


Body lotion for dry skin

Clear or nude nail polish, clippers, nail file, polish remover


Shoes in neutral colors (dress and flats – black is a must)

Different colors of sandal foot nylons (Black, nude, tan and include toe-less if you can find a pair)

Black, white and flesh toned undies (one should be a thong)

Assortment of bras (black, white, nude, and strapless)

Plain black and white socks


Safety pins, small sewing kit, clothes pins, clear nail polish (for runs)

Light dressing robe

Scarf or makeup mask to prevent makeup transfer

Dress shields or clear, non-scented deodorant

Emergency items (Tylenol, antacid, tampons, razor, bandages, etc)

Music, books or magazines for downtime

Bring your portfolio and/or any recent photographs that you have had taken.

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