Model Bootcamp: Swim Season


It may be freezing outside but Jan-Feb. is Swimsuit and pool photoshoot season.  

I have spent the last week shooting at a pool and my next 4 shoots are all swimwear related.

To be honest I always feel a little guilty as I stand there in my full length parka and scarf watching the models shake and shiver on set, trying to keep it together and look warm for the shot….ahhh the glamorous life of a model.

You have seen a “How to Be Swimsuit Ready” post from me in the past but after a week of watching a few models fumble with being properly prepared I decided to give it an update!

A swimsuit refresher course!

Come Swimsuit ready.  What does it mean?

This stuff seems basic to some but there are tons of others out there that come to set with at least one of these categories NOT taken care of!

  • Your bikini area must be properly maintained (waxed, shaved, depilatoried, trimmed etc) Both Ladies and Gents!  Come on please!  I have watched retouchers squirm as they zoomed in trying to clone out stray pubic hairs hanging out of swimsuits! I have handed out razor after razor on set sending girls to the bathroom to “trim up”.  I should seriously buy some stock in Gillette!  This needs to be done BEFORE you come to set!
  • Ladies make sure your legs and armpits are shaved..again gross!
  •  Gents, make sure your chest and back are properly “Manscaped”.
  • NO TAN LINES! Fashion involves swimwear of all different shapes and cuts so having tans lines can be a problem! Guys especially watch out for sock tan lines!

When asked to bring swimwear to set please bring a variety of swimwear that doesn’t have logosGuys you are the biggest offenders of this!  DO NOT BRING trunks that say “Quicksilver” or “Hurley” across them, you know we CANNOT shoot logos on ads and commercials.  And while we are at it:  FYI gentlemen, basketball shorts ARE NOT SWIMWEAR!  DO NOT BRING THESE TO A SWIMWEAR SHOOT and try to pass them off as your swim trunks!

Make sure the swimwear you bring is well maintained.  DO NOT bring the ones you have been surfing or wake-boarding in for the past 3 summers.  They should look new and clean. (Hand-washing your swimwear will give it a longer life).  You should have separate swimwear that you use for shoots than the ones you use on a daily basis.

Ladies. Unless you are asked to, DO NOT BRING THONG SWIMWEAR to a shoot! I know, I know,  you want to look sexy but trust me regular bikinis are sexy enough…bring a variety of classy and upscale sexy swimwear.

Ladies you should always,always,always have  nude G String underwear AND Panty Liners in your model bag.  It should have string like sides and back (not lace, not thick, no bows or jewels) and should be smooth.  I am partial to the Cosabella “Talco G String”. It lays perfectly under clothing and with swimweaR


Wear the nude G-STRING underwear underneath the swimsuit.

NEVER EVER EVER put on a swimsuit you are given by the Stylist with NOTHING under it!  These swimsuits are usually samples worn by multiple models all around the world!  They can be a huge Petri dish of disgusting.  If the swimsuit has open sides then use a panty liner instead of the G String.  Also by using a G String or panty liner there will be nothing “Left behind” for the stylist to deal with- if you know what I mean! Yep… it happens.

There are a couple extra things that you can bring with you that will make your day more pleasant.

Bring a robe!  The first thing you should do when arriving to a swimwear shoot is to take off all clothing that will leave any lines or indentations on your body (socks, bras, jeans, etc) and put on a robe.  This will help your body look smoother and toned on camera.  Do this BEFORE you head into makeup so the lines that are there have time to subside.  The robe will also come in handy when you have to take a long uncomfortable walk to set in a bikini with tons of patrons at that location staring at you.

Bring some flip flops, slippers or loose Ugg boots to wear to and from set.  Usually you cannot walk in the shoes for the shoot, not to mention it gives your feet a break from heels.

Stock up on Hot Hands Hand Warmers.  You can keep these ion your Robe pockets to keep your robe and hands warm and toasty!


Being beautiful is only part of being a model.  There is a long list of rules, etiquette, and equipment you need to be successful!  Follow my tips, keep your model bag stocked, your attitude sunny and you’ll be booking swimwear shoots like crazy!

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