4 Steps to Prepare For Your Photo Session

December 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


So you booked your photo shoot.  If you think that all you need to do is show up, then think again.  One can only go so far with post processing. The rest is on you.

It’s your responsibility to do what you can to look your best. So I’m going to make it easy for you and provide some of my favorite tips that will help you look your best on Shoot Day: 

  1. Talk to your photographer before the shoot:  Meet with your photographer either in person or via Skype ahead of time.  Discuss your photo shoot expectations and find out if this is a person with whom you would feel comfortable working with.  Photo sessions can be very personally revealing process which may make you feel vulnerable.  Being relax in front of the camera is an important factor for a successful shoot. If you aren’t comfortable chatting with a prospective photographer, keep looking for someone you are comfortable with.
 
      2.  Make sure your beauty shows:
  • Start taking supplements at least 4 weeks before your shoot. My faves are Vitamin C, Silica, MSM and a good food based B-Multivitamin.
  • Don’t just drink gallons of water by itself. Drink water with lemon.  It’s super alkaline which is just a fancy way of saying cleansing and tastes delicious.
  • Get some cardio in. Getting the blood flowing to the face is one of the best ways to get that glow. Thirty minutes a day is optimum!
  • Exfoliate 3 times a week.  One of my faves is Apple Cider Vinegar.  You will smell like a salad but if you do it before bedtime you will wakeup with soft, dewy, glowing skin. I promise you.
  • Moisturize your skin with a quality moisturizer.
  • If you have a skin break out, whatever you do don’t squeeze the pimples.  We will deal with these blemishes during post processing.
  • If you start to get a cold sore, then apply Blistex at the first and will likely stop it from developing.  If it does occur, purchase some Lemon Balm and apply every couple of hours, as well as increase your Vitamin C intake.
  • If you have grey roots, take care of them before the shoot.
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine the day before your shoot.
  • Get your beauty rest. Seriously! A good night’s sleep makes all the difference on all fronts of the process.
 
     3. Choose your outfit carefully: Your portraits should be a more polished reflection of you.
  • Choose outfits that 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 travelling some place nice.
  • For family shoots, think of color coordination. By this I mean choose colors that go good with each other.
  • Patterns and prints are distracting. We want people to look at you when they see your portrait, and even the most beautiful print will distract from that attention.
 
      4. Practice makes perfect:  Give a lot of thought to what image you want your picture(s) to convey.
          Then practice posing in front of a mirror. You might feel silly, but trust me, it definitely helps.

 


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