PREPARATION FOR PHOTOSHOOT
· HAIR - If you are getting your hair cut for the shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case you are not happy with it. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
· HAIR ACCESSORIES - Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands, hats, or any other favorite accessory.
· GLASSES - If your glasses are not non-glare, and you still want to wear glasses for the shoot, then you could possibly have the lenses removed from the frame beforehand or ask your eye doctor if you could borrow a similar frame just for the shoot. Lens glare detracts from your eyes, and there isn't much that can be done for it in post processing.
· RED EYES - Use over the counter eye drops that will reduce the appearance of red veins in the whites of your eyes, for instance, Visine.
· LIPS - Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your lips look their best. Bring lipstick or lip gloss to reapply during shoot.
· BLEMISHES -It is important that you do not cake on a lot of make-up to try and hide blemishes-It's almost easier in Photoshop to remove pimples than it is to clean up overdone makeup.
· MAKE-UP - A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your features. Make sure the make-up matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body.
· FACIAL HAIR - Men, be freshly shaved, and use a moisturizing after shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee, nose hair, and eyebrows, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. If you are going for that grunge look, then disregard everything I just said. Women: Even if you have some light facial hair, particularly around your lip or chin, indulge in a waxing several days before the shoot, in order that if any redness occurs, it has time to disappear.
· MOISTURIZER - Especially for women: Dry skin can really detract from a great shoot. Start a moisturizing routine about a week in advance of your shoot if you don't already. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, or anywhere your skin will be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs of course if you are wearing shorts, skirt or dress.
· NAILS - A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won't distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. This might be a good time to indulge in a manicure. Just make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles.
· UNDERGARMENTS - Bra straps that show are not attractive. Be sure to bring several bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep the straps well hidden.
· SUN BURNS AND TAN LINES - If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least one week beforehand and don't get burned. Be mindful of tan lines due to clothing, sunglasses, hats, etc.
· IRONING - Iron any necessary clothing the night before and hang the clothes for the shoot. If you are wearing something that easily wrinkles, plan on changing at the shoot.
· SHOES - Women: Depending on the formality of the shoot, you can't go wrong in heels or wedges. Men: Make sure they are clean. Brightly colored tennis shoes could be distracting, unless they are part of your look.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF SHOOTS:
NEWBORNS and BABIES
· Use a washcloth to clean away flaky skin and crusty eyes.
· Trim fingernails and toenails.
· Book your shoot around your newborn's feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap, If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed him/her until you are at the shoot.
· The best wardrobe for a newborn is none at all! I have plenty of accessories and props: hats, blankets, wood bowl, antique scale, fake fur, etc. Please feel free to bring any special props or clothing you would like to see included.
· If your baby takes a pacifier, please make sure you remember to bring it and if your baby is bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.
· Clean, clean, clean. Clean nails, hair, eyes, nose, teeth, and feet (sandals = black feet). The cleaner the child, the less work I have to do in post production! :)
· Avoid colorful drinks or lolly pops within 24 hours of your shoot. Don't let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
· Make sure they are well rested and fed before the shoot.
· Make sure there are no temporary tattoos or stamps left anywhere on their body, as they will detract from your child's natural beauty.
· Make sure your child is not wearing any brightly colored nail polish or polish that is wearing off.
· Bring several changes of clothing. Solid colors or muted patterns are preferable. No loud patterns and colors or graphic Tees. This type of clothing distracts from their beautiful faces, which is the focus of the shoot. For girls, you can't go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans, a polo or a button-up shirt, or a Tee shirt with a button up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings: the children should not be matchy-matchy. You can't go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to their sweet faces and adorable expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else pick a color that compliments your child's eyes.
· And most of all, assure them that they are going to have a great time!
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:
· The biggest tips for seniors are to have an even tan and don't get sunburned, clean and freshly paint nails, moisturize and scrub away dry skin. Please refer to above section: GENERAL ADVISE, for preparing yourself for the shoot.
· Bring a variety of outfits. Cap and gown, casual, stylish, dressy...
· Bring props that recall your high school years-band instrument, sports gear, car, letter, jacket, sunglasses... Your senior photo should be unique to your life and personality. Most of all represent your style, whatever that may be.
WHAT TO WEAR AT YOUR SHOOT
The best advise I can give regarding clothing, is to wear something you are most comfortable in, simple in design and speaks of your personality. Also the colors and patterns you choose should be plain and simple. You don't want your clothing to be the focus of the photo. Remember, dark colors minimize and slenderize and light colors draw attention. If you are plus size, you will want to avoid turtle necks, stripes or patterns, and bare arms. Also important is to wear clothing that truly fits, not over sized, we don't want to hide, we want to create shape (in women).
In family or group photos it is always good to match each other's style. Decide if you want this to be a casual, everyday life shoot, or a formal, dressy, special occasion type shoot, then have everyone dress accordingly. For visual help with wardrobe and posing ideas please visit my Pinterest page.