How to prep your skin for a big occasion…
If you see ideas in magazines or online that really catch your attention, feel free to send them to me. How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight into who you are and your expectations. Never hesitate to share your ideas with the photographer.
A nice, soothing session using a grainy scrub (or gently rubbing your skin with a washcloth) on your face and body is an indulgent way to spend an evening. Plan to exfoliate a couple times before your appointment, but be sure to allow a few days between ‘treatments’, as well as a couple days after the last one before your shoot.
Get a Facial
If you’re going to go all out into pamper mode, be sure to do your facial at least a week before your shoot. Since facials tend to cause redness, a week usually allows enough time to heal.For those of us on a budget, an at-home facial with a gooey, florescent masque is always a fun alternative to a night on the town. Throw in a delicious book and recharge your psyche. Repeat as necessary.
If you decide to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded, be sure to schedule the appointment for at least a few days before your photo-shoot. Otherwise, an eyebrow trim/touch up at home could be done a day or two before the shoot.
Get a Manicure
While you’re at it, toss in the pedicure. If you’re hard on your manicures, book the mani/pedi for the day before your shoot.Minimalists can stick with neatly shaped, clear nails. Soft, neutral colors work well for fingertips. Toes can get away with any color. (Think about the outfits you’re bringing and be sure to choose a color that will compliment your choices.)
Wax or Shave. If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days to heal before your shoot. Shaving can be done the night before or the day of the shoot. Be sure to get your legs and underarms, and if you’ll be wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, go for the bikini area as well.
- All you intend to wear should be laid out, clean and ironed the night before. Wrinkle-free clothing will help make your image much more professional.
- Be sure all clothes are lint and hair free. I cannot stress this enough.
Bring 5-6 outfits
Your portraits should be a reflection of you, just more polished. Choose outfits you love. Think of those special pieces you might not wear often because they’re impractical for day-to-day use, or the go-to blouse you always wear when you’re going somewhere nice.
Bring at least one dark outfit or top. Black, Navy or Charcoal work best here.
For your light outfit, think angelic. Soft, gauzy, maybe even layered and sheer. It doesn't have to be white, you could go with cream, nude, light pink – whatever.
This outfit is your chance to really show your personal style. If you tend toward more conservative tastes, choose a different adjective. Instead of Funky, try Structured, Soft, Elegant, or Formal.
This one is entirely your call. You could skip sexy, and that’s up to you. But if you’d like to, you can be an understated sexy in a backless formal dress, or a more overt sexy in a pretty pinup-style swimsuit. Beautiful lingerie is lovely and empowering.
I love to be able to see your collar bone, so boat neck, scoop neck, square neck, deep V and off-the-shoulder are my favorite necklines. Whatever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the basic T-Shirt neckline. If you love turtlenecks, go for it! Feel free to bring whatever calls to you. Mixing up the necklines will add variety to your shots, so try not to bring all of one style.
Sumptuous textures lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Delicious.
Patterns and prints are distracting. We want people to look at you when they see your portrait, and even the most beautiful print will steal that attention. Check out the photo above for an example. I bet one of the first things you noticed about it was her dress. It's a great dress, but she has great eyes, too - and they aren't the first thing we see.
Fit Your Form
Fitted clothing that shows your shape work best for photographs. Skip that billowy, blouson top, or anything with dolman or batwing sleeves. While they might be flattering in person, they will not be slimming in camera. This applies to any body type. Choose outfits that will hug your curves, especially your waist, hips, arms, and chest.
Morning Of Checklist
- Bare face (wash and apply your usual moisturizer)
- Clean, dry hair (very short hair should leave it wet)
- Comfy outfit (to sit in while you’re being styled or walking to location)
- 5-6 fitted outfits to wear in photos
- Pretty nails (Neutral fingers, fun toes)
- Clean wedding ring and other jewelry
- Touched up brows and shaved areas
- For men, all facial hair should be groomed. If you wish to have a few 'rough' shots and then shave to include a few shots with a smoother look, please bring your shaving kit and mention this to the photographer before the shoot.
- Bring lotion or skin treatment that does not have sparkles or glitter in it.
Evening After. Heavy make-up is always hard to remove without irritating your skin! You can use Vaseline as an ultra-moisturizing eye make-up remover that’s especially great for the sensitive under eye area! To get a true clean feeling on your face, apply a face wash to a wash cloth and gently scrub in a circular motion. Key word: gently! Wrinkles not welcome (yet!).