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When you book your portrait session, it’s totally normal to begin to thinking about (read stressing over) your upcoming photoshoot. I usually hear the same usual worries: a few blemishes on the face that magically showed up the morning of the shoot, dark circles under her eyes from being too anxious to sleep the night before, having a MAJOR wardrobe malfunction and either worrying about having TOO much makeup caked on your face that you feel like Bozo the clown or not having enough makeup on and looking totally basic.
Making you feel comfortable is one of my main priorities as we both prepare for your session. After all, when you feel comfortable and confident, your true beauty radiates from within, ultimately giving you the portraits you dreamed about…ones both you and family will treasure for years to come.
Today I’m going to share with you the five areas where a little advanced prep goes a long way. So let’s get to it
2. YOUR CROWN
It’s said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. And like with any other crown, keeping your hair looking its best is necessary…especially before going in front of the lens. Doesn’t matter if your hair is long or short, naturally kinky or bright blue, here you definitely want to:
Deep Condition. Your salon can do a professional conditioning treatment, or if you’re like me and do a lot of your haircare at home, you can use your favorite deep conditioner or protein pack. Just wash it, deep condition. Wrap it in a white t-shirt, grab you a glass of your favorite adult beverage and tune in to your favorite reality show. Or read a book…or call up your girlfriend and have some good ol’ fashioned girl chat. Either way, when you’re good to your hair, it will be good to you. 🙂
3. YOUR SKIN AND NAILS
Avoid Prints. The truth is, as much as we love them, patterns and prints can be incredibly distracting. When you hang your portraits and people see them, I want them to see YOU…not your clothes. For example, check out the photo below. I bet one of the first things you noticed about it was her top. It’s a beautiful top, but she has great eyes..and a killer smile – but they aren’t the first thing your eye naturally goes to.
5.RELAX. RELAX. RELAX.
I know how anxious, nervous and excited you can fell when you have shoot coming up, especially if it’s the first time you’ve been photographed in a long time. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to get a good night’s sleep the night before your shoot. Don’t worry about how you’re going to look. Don’t worry about all the things you forgot to do. Silence your fears and quiet your doubts. This experience is all about you being your best and letting your genuine joy and confidence shine bright. So say a prayer and go to bed at a decent time. Showing up feeling refreshed, ready to have fun is half the battle.
These tips are here to help you think of ideas for preparing for your shoot, but are definitely not required, or even necessary for everybody. Just choose what fits in with your budget, lifestyle, current beauty regimen and go from there! I hope this really helps you look and feel your absolute best for your next shoot! Don’t be nervous…just relax. Trust me, you’re going to totally OWN IT.
Happy Planning! 🙂