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Tips for packing your wardrobe for a photo shoot

Joyce and Will, two of our new and as yet unseen models, are heading off to test shoots this week, and Ben, Kaitlin, Elektra, Salem and Sydney will also be spending time in front of the camera. That means it’s a good time to share some advice on packing wardrobe for a shoot.

While paid shoots will generally have wardrobe to spare, models will usually need to pack their own wardrobe for test shoots. And sometimes, even on paid shoots, models will be asked to bring “supplemental items” (as was the case with Tyler last week). Whatever it is that you need to bring along, the bottom line is this – if you want to make sure you look your best, packing properly is essential.


The most important thing to remember is to never toss all of your clothes, shoes and accessories into a backpack (male models are usually more prone to this than female models). Doing this is likely to mean wrinkled clothes and difficulty in finding what you need. And there’s no guarantee that there’ll be a steamer available to get rid of the wrinkles.

So, here are some items that are worth investing in:

1. A Hanging Garment Bag – you can keep your clothes on a hanger, which decreases the chances of them getting wrinkled. Make sure to write your name on your garment bags as well so that it is easily recognizable.

2. Tote Bag - These come in a variety of sizes and are ideal for transporting small wardrobe options that you don’t mind getting wrinkled, like swimsuits. They’re also great for housing your accessories/jewelry and change of underwear.

3. Small Rolling Suitcase – great for transporting shoes! A rolling suitcase that is small enough to hold several pairs of shoes is great when heading to and from locations – and it avoids putting your shoes into contact with your clothing, which could result in stains.

4. Regular Luggage Suitcase – better than a backpack, but not by much: you still need to fold your clothes, which means getting wrinkles. But if this is all you have available in the meantime, it will help keep your clothes in one place and stop them from getting dirty or mixed up with other people’s things.

Source: Modeling 101 – A Model’s Diary