Permission to Pose…Getting Started Part 3

Last week I met up with photographer and friend, to discuss a concept shoot that have been in the works for awhile. While talking over coffee one of the topics that came up was creating the story one wishes to portray with their pictures. This will be part three of a three part series that offers some key steps to cultivating your pinup image for a shoot!

In part two we got much more detailed in our storyboarding. We etched out the details for the aesthetics of the shoot, key aspects for the each scene, and overall what it is we want to see from the shoot. In part three we will be exploring the fashion side to the shoot. Whether colorfully clothed in lavish lingerie, or angelically nude, you are the highlight of the shoot! HOW/ WHAT YOU LOOK (LIKE) IN YOUR SHOOT IS IMPORTANT!! From your hair, down to your shoes it all ties into the story you are portraying. 

Again, this is part of the storyboarding process, this is research, before going out and buying whatever it is you think you need, really think about what each style will add to you and your shoot. For this I create three sections in my binder labeled hair, makeup, and clothes for my shoot. Then there are subsections within those categories one can choose to add or take away.

Here is an example of what this might look like:

Fashion: This is a section for where you put the different looks you think you’d like to do for your shoot. I recommend coming up with 10-15 different looks to put into this section. Since all we are doing is using this as a springboard, go crazy collaging! For this I will create a color aesthetic board; these are for the colors you’d like to see throughout your shoot, and in the clothing. A collage of different styles, and accessories, then just a basic one that includes all aspects. A great site for this is Polyvore app.  Here are some things to think about when researching possible looks for your shoot:

  • Color- color plays an important role in all aspects of your shoot. What you wear will give off different meanings. Creating a color scheme for the scenes in your shoots, as well as with what you might want to wear will be crucial. For example if I am planning a scene I want to be heavy and dark, I might choose to wear something that isn’t a bright color.
  • Style- style of clothing brings a lot to a scene. Whether you decide to pose fully clothed or in lingerie, just like with colors, different fabrics and shapes present a totally different feel to a shoot. Latex and lace give two very different personas. Just as a corset or a babydoll will skew your shoot in totally different directions. Give yourself time to research these different aspects, familiarize yourself with different styles of lingerie, different period pieces, you never know where you might pull inspiration from. And if you are doing a true pinup photoshoot knowing what was worn then is key!
  • Accessories- These are the finishing touches to an outfit. Think about what shoes you want be wear, do you want high heels? No shoes? What about jewelry? Thigh highs are fun because they can take different outfits and make them look totally new! What about hats and fascinators? If I feel like it I’ll create a collage of my different accessory sections, but often times I just lump it together.
  • *Nudes- If you decide that you want to do a scene where you are nude, some things to think about are: are you partially or fully nude? Do you want to wear accessories? Are there areas you wish to hide with posing? This is an area to think about long before you start storyboarding.

Makeup: Makeup enhances the overall look. There is a big difference in everyday makeup vs makeup that you will be doing for a photoshoot. Everything is bigger, more saturated, and finessed. With this in mind it can be very difficult to change the set features such as eye makeup, and the foundation base. therefore finding a look that can be transitioned for your different outfits is important. Go back to the concept of your shoot, the scenes you created for yourself, and the overall feel of the shoot; and then think about:

  • Your eye color and shape- eyes are the window to the soul during a photoshoot. Eye makeup can make or break a photo. Looking at your eye color and shape can really help determine the best coloring for eye makeup.
  • Style of makeup- Do you want a smokey eye or a natural look? Crazy colors, or just absolutely haute couture where the entire look is over the top? There are so many styles of makeup to pick from research, research, research. My friend Taylor has a blog, where she does different makeup tutorials. Check her out on instagram and youtube @tayloredoeswhatever or
  • Lipstick- Lipstick is one of the few things that doesn’t require you to redo your entire makeup look each time you want to change it. Look into different colors to see what might work with your theme and scenes!

Hair: Just like with makeup, your hairstyle for the shoot isn’t something the is easy to constantly change once it is done. My hairstylist Chloe has been there with me through many different hair evolutions, if you’d like to learn more about coloring, and hair styling check out her out on instagram @painted_luxelocks. Here are some things to think about when designing your shoot:

  • Hair Color and Cut- It’s costly expense but if you want to dye your hair for your shoot, go for it! Just think about the color what color will look best against your skin tone, what will work best with the shoot. Same goes for cut, thinking about what will look best to enhance your features.
  • Styling- Do you want your hair up or down? Curled or Straight? In a simple french twist or elaborate victory rolls? It is much more difficult to go from an updo to having your hair down, but it is easier to put your hair up from being down depending on how simple the style you’re doing is!
  • Wigs and Extension- If you don’t want to deal with having your styled, wigs are a great way to go. Just remember to think about the quality of the wigs, as well as the cost. Same goes with extensions; they are a great way to add length but it can be costly to purchase quality extensions that don’t look fake.

Remember at this point all you are doing is getting an idea for what it is you might like, or think might work for your shoots concepts. All three of these articles in this series are to help you storyboard your concept, so that you have a good idea of what you are looking for when you start look/speaking for/ to photographers. Going through the process ideas will evolve. Be open to what may come. Below will be some resources that I find helpful when I am storyboarding.



  1. Pinterest- great for getting pictures for collaging
  2. This is a great site to learn about color theory. Click on the color section and there will be a color tutorial:
  3. For makeup tutorials check out TaylorDoesWhatever, and Taylor’s Instagram@Taylordoeswhatever:
  4. To learn more about hair coloring look into Chloe’s Instagram: @painted_luxelocks
  5. Ployvore can help you find and create looks of all kinds.

*A Note on Nudes: Knowing if you will be posing nude ahead of researching photographers is critical. This can affect many aspects of your shoot. You may not be able to work with a certain photographer because they don’t shoot nudes.

This is an end result off one picture from one scene! All the hard work and thought that went into storyboarding for my Vintage Glamour shoot. It’s worth the work!

Photo Credit: Alias Josie Photography Model Credit: Lara Torres



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