One of my favorite ways to motivate myself is to book a photoshoot. I’ve done one before or after every show and am so happy to have those photos to look back on. Having professional photos taken when you are getting into shape (or are in great shape) really allows you to document your physique progress and keep a record of your improvements. Plus, it’s such a motivating, amazingly fun goal on its own. Long before I was competing I was using photoshoots as motivation.
If you are competing, photoshoots are also a great way to try out your stage prep and find something that works for you. For example, some people like to reduce sodium, water intake, or “carb load” before getting onstage. These different techniques produce different results for different people and really should be tested beforehand so you know how your body will respond. Your shoot will also give you a chance to practice your stage makeup and hair. Makeup for photoshoots is not quite as heavy at stage makeup, but almost!Read more: Photoshoot Fundamentals