Last week I shared my Tips for photographers working with clients, models and creative teams. This week I’m here to share more in depth Tips for our clients and models, that we have the joy and honor to photograph.
Sweetheart if you are planing to book a photo session or if you already did, but you still feel unclear about how to prepare, this article is for you my beautiful darling.
I prepared few of my favorite practical TIPs on how to prepare. Sooooo… breath, stay calm, take your agenda & start planing.
Start with: booking the photo session date, if you didn’t do it yet. Choose the location and the theme of your photo session.
When having your portrait taken, there are five areas where a little advanced preparation can make a huge difference. Neglect them, and an otherwise incredible picture could end up with distracting elements which take the focus away from where it should be, your beautiful eyes and smile.
Two weeks before your shoot (or sooner, if you’ve booked ahead) is time for planning. Decide on outfits, choose which beautification steps you will take, and schedule the appointments (even if they’re just with yourself). Remember, 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, and current beauty regimen, and go from there!
The five areas are:
Face, Hair, Hands, Skin, & Clothes.
Don’t Pick. A pimple is very easy to cover with makeup, but scabs, wounds and flaky patches are more tricky. As soon as possible, stop picking at your skin. If you’re like me and scratch and squeeze at every bump and flake on your face, it’s time to give it a rest. Do whatever it takes. Stop examining your face closer than 1 meter from a mirror. If you distractedly pick while you’re doing something else, try wearing gloves.
Exfoliate. 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 make your appointment for your facial at least a few days before your shoot. An at-home facial with a fresh green avocado masque is always a fun alternative. Throw in a 10 min meditation, or a delicious book and recharge your psyche. Repeat as necessary.
Wax Eyebrows. 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 Trim. Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference. Deep Condition, do it at home or at your salon.
Clean Your Wedding Ring. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste is a great day-to-day way to clean your bling, but most professional jewelers have sonic cleaners that will make really sparkle.
If it’s been a long time since your last pro cleaning, take the ring in right away. If there are any loose stones in your setting, they may get shaken loose, so it’s a good idea to allow a few days in case the goldsmith needs to re-set anything.
Him, Too. If you’re bringing your man to your shoot, make sure his nails are neat and his ring is clean. Bonus points if you can get him to wear the genie masque the night before.
Spray Tan. If you usually have a faux glow, get a spray tan a couple days before your shoot. But I have to say, as much as everybody seem to look great with a lovely tan, I love fair skin.
Bring at least one dark outfit or top. Black, Navy or Charcoal work best here.
For your light outfit, think angelic. It doesn’t have to be white, you could go with cream, nude, light pink.
This outfit is your chance to really show your personal style.If fun, funky whimsical is not your style, 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 uncovered sexy in a pretty pinup-style swimsuit. Beautiful lingerie is lovely and empowering.
Consider Necklines. 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.
Think Texture. Ltextures lend a rich, tactile element to your photos. Delicious.
Avoid Prints. 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.
Fit Your Form. Fitted clothing that shows your shape work best for photographs. Skip that billowy, blouse top, or anything with big loose 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.
Forget Shoes. Unless you have a special pair you’re dying to photograph, there’s really no need to worry about the shoes you’ll wear. Most images won’t show your feet at all, and if some do, bare feet will add an organic feel to your portraits.
Did you get your Cheat Sheet? Great! Now make a list, plan it all and start enjoying getting ready for your incredible photo session experience. And most of all, have fun!
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