How to Prepare for Your Photo Session
When having your portrait taken, there are areas where a little advanced preparation can make a huge difference. If you neglect them, an otherwise perfect photo could end up with distracting elements.
Starting a least a week before your shoot, decide on outfits, choose which beautification steps you will take, and schedule the appointments (even if they’re just with yourself). Remember, these are tips for preparing for your shoot but definitely not required, or necessary for everybody. Just choose what fits your budget, lifestyle, and current beauty regimen, and go from there!
– Face –
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. It is best to exfoliate a couple of times before your appointment, but be sure to allow a few days between ‘treatments’, as well as a couple of days after the last one before your shoot.
Get a Facial. If you want to go into pampering mode, be sure to do your facial at least a week before your shoot. Since facials tend to cause redness, a week usually allows enough time to heal.
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.
I highly recommend treating yourself and get all these things done by an aesthetician. All you have to do is lay back and enjoy the truly relaxing experience.
I have a great person to recommend- Jenny Haugen at Vitality Skin Care. She’s the best. https://www.vitalityskin.org.
Tips to a Better Selfie
Let’s be honest, we all take selfies, and as good as we look-for some reason the picture quality just is not on our level. Here are a few tips to get your composition up to par with your awesome looks.
Make sure you are facing good lighting- the best is natural light coming in from a window! This will correctly light up your face and will help you avoid noise from lack of good light.
Hold your phone a little above your face. The angle from above is a lot more flattering than the angle from below.
Use your hair to your advantage. Sometimes a little hair in your face is a fun/playful look instead of just straight on.
Avoid a distracting background. The best selfies will have a clean and non-cluttered background, whether it’s against a plain wall or the sky. Move yourself until the background is not going to be a distraction.
Extra pictures don’t cost, so take a few while trying different lighting and angles until you get the image you really like. You don’t have to keep them all… or you can.
While photographing Karin, who is an aspiring model and actress, for her profile photos, I asked if I could take a few more shots of her. I wanted to photograph her in the style of my Fine Art Children’s sessions. Karin was excited and eager to comply.
We got some lovely photos of her. Karin, who is age 12, was unbelievably comfortable in front of the camera and easy to work with. Which I have to say, makes it doubly fun for me. This photo was one of her absolute favorites from the session, and actually, it was my favorite as well.
Showing the “Before and After” photos can be amazing to see the evolution from straight out of the camera to my finished vision. When I take a photo I am always seeing the vision of the finished photo instead of what the camera actually sees.
Besides all the planning, designing, choosing the lighting and posing in order to get good photos, next comes the vision I want to create in photoshop.
As you can see, I changed the color tones, did some skin retouching and added texture in the background to create a much more dynamic image.