Get Ready Guide

Get Ready Guide for Models

How to get ready to be a model for your first art modeling photography shoot with Aaron Knight Studio.

If you’ve never worked with Aaron Knight Studio:

  • Make sure we know about tattoos, so we can have makeup ready.
  • Remove body hair in advance to minimize razor/wax burn.
  • Be ready to remove piercings for the shoot (small earrings are okay).


  • Wear eyeliner, it can be bold but don’t extend beyond the eye area.
  • Use mascara or false eyelashes.
  • Lips: clear gloss, pink, or match bare color. No red, bright, or dark colors. Don’t overdraw or line.
  • If you use eyeshadow, it should be gray or brown, not too heavy, and don’t extend beyond the eyelid.
  • Fingernails and toenails: light, not bright: pale pink, beige, French, buff, etc. are all great. Natural is fine.
  • Nails should be clean and not super long. No nail jewelry. No points/claws.
  • Eyebrows: Leave alone. Don’t darken. No eyebrow pencil unless otherwise discussed.

If you’ve never done nudes:

  • Wear loose clothes; nothing tight the day of. This avoids lines on your skin. Ideally, wear no socks, jeans, or elastic. You can bring these kinds of outfits to wear for the warm-up portion of your photo shoot.
  • Reduce tan lines and avoid sunburn in the days before your shoot. Use 30+ sunscreen and remember your shoulders and neckline.
  • It’s normal to be nervous your first time, so we start with clothed photos. The photographer has worked with hundreds of models and once you are in the studio it’s easier than most people think. Send your questions ahead of time so you know what to expect.

What to bring

  • A couple of nice outfits to warm up in
  • Basic makeup for touchups
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Body moisturizer
  • Black mascara, black or brown eyeliner

Also consider

  • A hydrating beverage
  • Snack of your choice
  • Robe or other coverup
  • Flip Flops (if modeling outdoors)

Beverages, snacks, and a robe are provided in the green room if you forget to bring your favorites. Some basic eye makeup if usually available if you forget yours.

If you have rescue medication (e.g. inhaler, epipen) make sure you bring it and that we know where it is. Before you arrive, please alert us to any severe allergies you have so we can clear snacks from the break room.

Working in the Charleston Studio, there will be basic styling tools such as a hairdryer, a curling iron, and makeup wipes in your private bathroom and the green room.