Preparing for your photoshoot
When you see your photos, you want to look at them and think they are magazine cover worthy. 50% of the output depends on the preparation for the shoot beforehand. Below, I share some tips on how to achieve this.
Firstly, it is important that you prepare your body skin. Cleansing and mild exfoliation will give the skin a smoother and more radiant appearance. By removing dead skin cells on the surface you will allow light to reflect from the skin. Then, whether you have dry or oily skin, moisturising is very important to balance the skin too. Make this a routine at least one week prior to the shoot or even more, if you have the time. Depilation should be done few days before the shoot too so the skin has time to heal, should you have sensitive skin that is left with red spots.
Facial skin is very important too. Cleansing, exfoliation and moisturising masks are a great way to get the radiance on the face. When foundation is applied the skin will look smoother and the make up powder will last longer. Do not forget to shape or trim your eyebrows, it is critical part of the face to make a portrait close-up look good. There is no much need for a full facial makeup if your eyebrow are shaped properly. I would like to recommend a make-up artist Ieva with whom I have worked with for more than 6 years. Her website IEVAGENOVESI - you can find more of her work and advice from her as a professional beauty and make-up artist.
Prepare your hair a week in advance with trimming split ends, hair masks are a great way to add shine, gloss and volume to the hair. Should you need advice, Ieva is a good starting point for tips on doing hair. Her website IEVAGENOVESI is where you can find some photos of her work to get a better idea.
Drink Water Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, avoid salty foods and alcohol prior to your shoot so you’re not puffy and make sure to get a full night’s rest which is the most important.
HANDS AND FEET
Give you feet and hands some love, pamper them with creams and lotions. Manicures and Pedicures, done professionally, really add to the look for close up shots. All the details are very important and remember- your hands will be visible and possibly featured in most of your photos.
It is a great idea to have 4-5 sets of outfits with darker and brighter colours and one sexy outfit. It is possible, that not all will be used for the shoot, but it is better to have more on the day to choose from. You could always ask my opinion on what to choose and do check magazines to see what is trendy, it might inspire you with new ideas. Avoid clothes with prints and patterns as it will take away from you. It is important that the clothes are not too baggy nor too tight.
Photoshoot session venue depends on the pictures you would like to have. It can be a natural surrounding like the city, a park, the seaside or a forest or if you wish to have a boudoir session I always suggest to rent a hotel room or shoot at your own home. Everything depends on the idea and theme you wish to have. I am always happy to discuss ideas with you.