It’s completely natural to feel a little nervous before your photoshoot. Most of us don’t experience it very often, so the butterflies in your stomach are understandable. I have some recommendations for you though to ease your nerves and feel more confident – before facing the camera. And what would make you feel more confident and glamorous than a little lovely pampering?
Anything that makes you feel fabulous is worth investing in!
Exfoliate. For beautiful, glowing skin 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. Plan to exfoliate a couple times before your appointment, but be sure to allow a few days between ‘treatments’, as well as a couple days after the last one before your shoot.
Get a facial. I don’t think I need to explain this one… Any time I feel like a little grey mouse and decide to treat myself, a good facial makes me feel like I’m worth a million dollars. I love the smells, the gentle massage… and of course the fact that my beautician is using more different kinds of product on my face than I ever owned.
On a budget? An at-home facial with a gooey green mask is always a fun alternative. Grab a book (and maybe some wine) and have a cosy night in. Repeat as necessary.
As any make-up artist or beautician (and also science!) will tell you, the eyebrows are the most important feature of your face so they are high on the priority list to get groomed. If you decide to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded, be sure to schedule the appointment for at least a few days before your photoshoot.
Get a trim. Neat, healthy hair makes you look younger and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last cut, even the slightest trim can make a huge difference.
Touch up your roots. If you colour your hair, touching up your roots a couple of days before the photoshoot is ideal (unfortunately dark roots are very obvious in photos!).
Condition. Ask your salon for a professional deep conditioning treatment. Or use your favourite one at home (your face is covered with the green goo already anyway ;))
Get a manicure. And maybe even a pedicure. If you’re a minimalist, you can just have neatly shaped, clear nails, otherwise soft, pastel colours work the best. You might be able to get away with a classic red, though on a photo the colour red might be too distracting.
Clean your wedding ring. This may sound weird but little details do count and can make or break a photo. Using toothpaste and an old toothbrush makes wonders to make it sparkle.
Wax or shave. If you go with waxing, give yourself a couple of days before the shoot so your skin can heal. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your legs and underarm, and for your boudoir shoot go for the bikini area as well.
Spray tan. If you usually have a fake tan, schedule it for a couple of days before your session. Honestly though? I think your natural skin colour is great and I love fair skin.
Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise. Dry and flaky skin does not look good on the images.
- bare face (wash and apply moisturiser)
- clean, dry hair
- pretty nails
- neat brows
And now you’re ready for your photo session!