Preparing for Your Portrait Shoot, Part 3: Skin and Nails

Every client who books a session with us gets a magazine-look Style Guide to preparing for their photoshoot. To make the information accessible to everyone (who doesn't like knowing how to look their best?),  we will be featuring this guide on our blog in a four-part series. If you would like to receive the whole Style Guide for free, sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar) and you will be emailed a copy as a gift! 

Below are some of our favorite tips to looking amazing in your photos. Feel free to follow - or skip - any and all that apply to you! 

WAX/SHAVE

Wax or shave your legs and underarms, particularly if you are bringing dresses to wear. Get your wax no less than two or three days before your shoot so your skin has enough time to heal and your legs are not a bumpy mess. You can shave up to the night before or morning of but do not forget to properly moisturize afterwards! If you are planning on wearing lingerie, do not forget to take care of your bikini area.  

GET A SPRAY TAN

This tip comes with a disclaimer: only get a spray tan (this includes at home tanning) if you normally do and if you have gotten a tan from your current salon or provider before. There is nothing worse to retouch than orange, streaky skin! Your natural skin color, no matter how fair it can get in the wintertime in Maine, will look great in photos - trust me! If you are particularly concerned, let me know, and I can do a few lighting and editing tricks to give you a more glowy complexion. 

AVOID THE SUN

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If you just came back from a tropical vacation, you might have tanlines or even a sunburn and there is not much you can do about it. However, if you have a choice on the matter, avoid getting a sunburn before your shoot! Also, keep an eye out on those pesky tanlines, especially if you are planning on wearing lingerie or dresses with open shoulders.  

GET A MANICURE

Make an appointment at the nail salon to get a manicure - and perhaps throw in a pedicure while you’re at it! While a pedicure is not essential, it will make you feel more polished and put together. Do not get your nails done more than a few days ahead of your photoshoot as they will either grow out (if they are acrylics), or chip. You can get any color nailpolish you wish but keeping it simple is usually best. Pink, nude, or clear nailpolish makes your hands look clean and polished, as do french tips. A simple, at-home version of a salon manicure includes removing old polish and shaping your nails. 

HYDRATION 

Your skin will thank you for some extra attention in the days leading up to your shoot. We recommend moisturizing your arms and legs after every shower or bath - you can also throw a good scrub in while you’re in the shower! (Tip: Sugar mixed with a bit of olive oil makes a great homemade scrub. Just be careful using it, as it can make the shower slippery.)

HANDS OFF

Try to leave your skin alone (no spot picking) if you can - sometimes a “gentle” squeeze can turn a small inflamed pore into a big, angry zit. I know that if you get a spot staring you in the face it is difficult to ignore it, but trust me, it is much easier to remove it in editing (it literally takes about two seconds) than try to smooth out and remove redness from one that you spent ten minutes picking. And trust me, we have all been there and nobody in our studio will judge you for the condition of your skin. It is easy to fix skin in a photograph but it is impossible to capture a genuine expression when a spot is all the client can think about. Relax, we have got you covered! 

MARKS & SCARS

Unlike acne or spots, scars and birthmarks canbe very personal. We try never to assume whether you want your scar or birthmark retouched completely, softened, or left alone so if we didn’t ask you about it and you have strong opinions, please speak up! Similarly, if you miss it after it’s been retouched or if you would like to soften it or remove it, let us know at your viewing. Open communication is key, and we want you to love your photos.

Preparing for Your Portrait Shoot, Part 2: Face

Every client who books a session with us gets a magazine-look Style Guide to preparing for their photoshoot. To make the information accessible to everyone (who doesn't like knowing how to look their best?),  we will be featuring this guide on our blog in a four-part series. If you would like to receive the whole Style Guide for free, sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar) and you will be emailed a copy as a gift! 

Below are some of our favorite tips to looking amazing in your photos. Feel free to follow - or skip - any and all that apply to you! 

 

GET A FACIAL

Whether you go to a salon or follow an at-home beauty routine, get a facial about a week before your photoshoot. If you have sensitive skin, do not try any aggressive treatments and stick to what you already know. Even after a salon facial, you can still do a mini refresh about two days before the shoot. Stick to a tried exfoliator and mask, you can even do a simple facial massage (YouTube has some great videos on this topic). 

WASH, EXFOLIATE, MOISTURIZE

Try to stick to a simple routine of cleansing, exfoliating (no more than twice a week), and moisturizing every day. Nothing looks better than clean, moisturized skin, and your foundation will go on much smoother if you get rid of dead skin cells and replenish moisture often. 

EAT WELL

If you can, stay away from greasy foods, foods high in simple carbohydrates, and foods with lots of sugar or salt three days before your photoshoot. Not only will you kick the bloat, your skin will love you! Lots of vitamins and water will give your skin a natural glow. (Do not skip a good breakfast and coffee - if you drink it - the morning of your photoshoot. You will need lots of energy and a caffeine withdrawal headache is not your friend). 

WHITEN YOUR TEETH

You can do an at-home whitening treatment to give your smile a little extra help. Coffee and tea, red wine, and cigarettes are some of the biggest offenders so if you do whiten your teeth, keep them in tip top shape by avoiding these before your shoot. You can also bring a toothbrush to our studio and freshen up before we start shooting if you like to keep your breath fresh (or wear braces). 

WAX OR TWEEZE BROWS

About a week before if you wax, or about three days if you tweeze, get your eyebrows shaped. Just as with getting a new haircut, try to avoid any major changes to your brow style. Do touch them up the night before the shoot (never the morning of, as you might get some redness from tweezing). 

SPECIAL NEEDS SKIN

If you have been blessed with sensitive skin or if you suffer from allergies to cosmetics, be gentle when getting any treatments done. You are also welcome to bring your own makeup to our studio if you are worried about an allergic reaction. While our artists keep all their tools and products clean and many makeup items are hypoallergenic, not all makeup is suited for hyper-sensitive skin. Please do let us know of any allergies, special needs, or requests before getting styled. Our artists are trained to ask you about your makeup preferences but feel free to speak up before, during, and after your makup application!

Preparing for Your Portrait Shoot, Part 1: Hair

Every client who books a session with us gets a magazine-look Style Guide to preparing for their photoshoot. To make the information accessible to everyone (who doesn't like knowing how to look their best?),  we will be featuring this guide on our blog in a four-part series. If you would like to receive the whole Style Guide for free, sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar) and you will be emailed a copy as a gift! 

Below are some of our favorite tips to looking amazing in your photos. Feel free to follow - or skip - any and all that apply to you! 

SEE YOUR HAIRSTYLIST

As soon as you confirm the date of your photoshoot, book an appointment with your hairstylist. The best time to get your roots touched up is about a week before your shoot; three days, if you hightlight your hair. Beautiful hair is one of the most important parts of your photos and while our stylist will make wonders with it, there is not much we can do if you have three inches of regrowth. Plus, you will feel much better! If you normally color your hair yourself, follow your usual routine a few days before your shoot. 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

While we understand the desire to change things up every once in a while, now is not the time for a drastic change! If you are planning on making a major change with your hair (such as going from blonde highlights to fiery red or chopping off more than a few inches), do it at least a few weeks to up to two months before your shoot. You want to feel like yourself in your photos, and two weeks might not be enough time for you hairstylist to tone back a color you are not so fond of after all. 

GET A TRIM

Regardless of whether you color your hair or not, get a good trim! Not only will you lose those unsightly dead ends, 
particularly shorter haircuts look great after a shapeup! If you are thinking about wearing your hair straight (if you have a short bob, for example) you should defi- nitely get a fresh cut the week before your appointment. 

WET OR DRY?

Thoroughly wash (two rounds of shampoo) and lightly condition your hair the night before. Let it airdry without any product unless you have bangs or a particularly difficut hair pattern (whorl or cowlick) in the bang area. In those circumstances, blowdry your hair the way you normally would. Our stylist will either curl your hair or wet your hair for a blowdry. If your hair is fairly short (chin-length or shorter), you can wash your hair the morning of your photoshoot and come with damp hair for a blowdry. 

YOUR DREAM STYLE

Before you arrive at your photoshoot, spend some time looking at our website and thinking about how you’d like to wear your hair. Our most popular style is definitely curls - both tighter, more glamourous curls, and beachy, relaxed ones - but our stylist can also straighten your hair, give you a bouncy blowdry, a vintage style, or an updo! For a less traditional style (such as fingerwaves or an elaborate updo), let us know ahead of time so we can leave more time for styling and assure that we have all the styling supplies needed. We want you to be absolutely, head-over-heels in love with your hair!

 

Bangor, Maine | Luxury Portrait Shoot: Tammie

I was so excited to photograph Tammie! She is a powerful, confident, and kind woman who brought such wonderful, calm energy into the studio. I did Tammie's makeup and our hair stylist Monique gave her a beautiful, relaxed curl. We photographed Tammie in a variety of outfits but in the end, she loved herself in blue the most! And why wouldn't she - it suits her beautiful freckles and her rich, red hair so well. We will be seeing more of her next month because she is coming back with her daughter for a Mother & Daughter photoshoot! 

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