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Your shoot is in a few weeks. I got a few more tips for you to plan ahead.


  • Go shopping

  • Move your body

  • Skin care

  • Dental care


Get Shopping. Begin planning your outfits, placing any online orders. Make sure you have everything you need to complete each outfit. Here is a list of my favourite great menswear stores in Basel. Check out Pelikamo, Capaul, Marc O’POLO, John Tweed, COS for some new pieces in your wardrobe. You will look put together and more handsome than usual.

Check out my pinterest board for some more inspiration.

Start Stretching & Workout. Try to stretch for 20 minutes each day before your shoot. Especially your neck, back. Do some form of exercise, something that you enjoy will help you de-stress. You will sure look and feel your best on your photo shoot.

Begin a Skincare Regimen. Wash your face nightly, exfoliate your face. We have transition to this great line of organic, sustainable nasties free skin care Ringana from Austria.

Visit the Dentist. Book an appointment. Get a regular cleaning and whiten your teeth can always boost your confidence. If you want an English speaking dentist, Garry Bonsall is your man.

Please keep in mind that these tips are just guidelines 
These are not hard and fast rules, as there are always exceptions to rules. Have fun!



You just booked and confirmed the session! Your portrait session is coming up in about 4 weeks. Let’s get ready for your photoshoot!


  • Book appointments

  • Workout

  • Eat well

  • Get inspire

  • Write keywords about yourself

I like you to really pay attention to yourself and give yourself a “star treatments” the coming weeks, because you, my dear, are the star of your photoshoot, and out of all people, you deserve all the care and love towards yourself. 

Book Appointments. Book your hair/waxing appointment at least one week before shoot.

Workout. We all know how important is fitness. Workout 2-3 times a week will help with your overall well-being, de-stress from your day. If you are looking for a Personal Trainer to get you in form in 4 weeks, I highly recommend Ilias Lampri. He is not only a personal trainer, fitness model, he is also a certified nutritionist. So he really knows his stuff.

Eat Well & Hydration. Healthy eating & hydration is essential to looking good and feeling good.

Get Inspire. Go through my gallery and Pinterest board and pin you fav image. Take screenshoots of the images you like. And share them with me. I can see what you like most in terms of poses, styling & background. We don’t copy but get inspire to work toward that direction. No two shoots are the same. You will always get something unique and custom made for you and your brand.

Write Keywords. What are you personality characteristics & strengths, how about your favourite features? Write down keywords in a journal on who you are today, who you want to present to your audience with your new portraits.

If you can then share some of those insights with me, I’ll be better able to capture you.

I am driven, determine, I don’t give up easily, I mean business, I am a humorous, friendly guy who loves adventures. I love my work. I am sporty and strong....

Thank you for reading this all the way to the end. I promise to keep other other tips short and sweet. I am so super excited to photograph you! Are you?

That’s it for now, you can follow these tips and do them in the coming weeks.
I will be sending you a couple more reminders & tips. Please let me know if you need help anyway. Remember to have fun with this.

Please keep in mind that these tips are just guidelines 
These are not hard and fast rules, as there are always exceptions to rules.



Men Portrait by Carmen Wong Fisch


  • 3+ Outfits in dark & light in neutral, solid color
    Pressed & clean, hang in garment bag, not folded

  • From waist up, don’t worry too much about pants or shoes, one set is fine

  • Bring along any props if they reflect your brand
    Hat, jewellery, musical instrument

  • Glasses if you normally wear them

A professional portrait or headshot’s job is to get you noticed and standout. You should look like yourself, my job is to bring out the best version of yourself. 

What you bring to your shoot is very important. Here are some ideas to help prepare for your shoot. Always try on the outfits if you are unsure and be sure take a snap of each and send them to me a few days before the shoot.

3 OUTFITS Bring at least 3 different looks. Something dark, something light. Some ideas include: suit with or without tie, sports jacket and dress shirt, something casual such as a polo or button-down shirt & khakis or jeans. Your outfits should reflects your brand & position. All your clothing should be clean and pressed.

NEUTRAL IS BEST Neutral solid colors or muted patterns, layers and clean lines work best and are flattering for most body types for professional portraits and head shots. Avoid anything with big logos (unless you are branding), bright colors, narrow pin striping, or tiny patterns such as checks/dots/ribbing.

FROM WASIT UP Headshots are usually taken from about the waist up, or chest up, so you don’t need to worry much about what kind of pants or shoes you wear. Something which goes with your top will be fine. They should fit right and you feel confident in them. 

GLASSES please bring them if you like to have that look or you usually wear them.

PROPS If you have a favorite hat, musical instrument, necklace, leather jacket, etc. that tells your story and shows more of your personality then by all means bring them. You can choose which to use throughout the shoot. They'll be great tools to try different looks without completely changing your wardrobe.

Please keep in mind that these tips are just guidelines 
These are not hard and fast rules, as there are always exceptions to rules.


men prep guide carmenwongfisch photography


  • Any hair cut/color should be done 5-6 days before shoot

  • Wax & Tweeze should be done at least 24 hr before shoot

  • Shave & trim

  • Manicure

  • No fake tan or sunburn please

  • Moisturize your lips 2-3 days in a row

You gentlemen may be wondering what could I possibly need to do to prepare for a photo shoot? After all, I don't wear makeup or need to do much to my hair except perhaps a quick combing in the morning - and picking out something to wear is easy, right?

Well, there are a few things I recommend that you could do to ensure your shoot will be a success.

HAIR CUT - be sure to do this at least 7 days prior to the shoot to allow a fresh cut to settle. If it's a new style this will give you some time to get used to it - although, any drastic hair style changes are not recommended right before a photo shoot.

WAX & TWEEZE Take care of any waxing or tweezing at least 24 hours before to the shoot to be sure there is no residual redness or puffiness that will appear in your photos. Trim any unwanted hair on your face/nose/brows as well.

SHAVE & TRIM Do your normal grooming for facial hair. Be sure to moisturize well after shaving too.

MANICURE See this 5 minutes manicure for every men. This should be done 2 days before shoot.

NO FAKE TAN PLEASE No spray tans please! It doesn’t look natural in photos no matter how well it's applied, or how good the product you use. Also, don't lay out in the sun or tanning bed for hours right before a shoot. It is very damaging to your skin, especially if you get burn, there is no return. I can easily give you a light matte bronzing powder or do that on photoshop to give you a “tan” look than risking you having a painful sunburn.

LIPS To ensure your lips photograph nicely, (so they're smooth, not flaky or chapped), generously apply lip balm at least 2-3 days in a row before the shoot.

Please keep in mind that these tips are just guidelines 
These are not hard and fast rules, as there are always exceptions to rules.