When having your portrait taken, there are a few things to keep in mind that will make a world of difference during and after your session. If forgotten about, what seems like small things can be very distracting in your images which in turn can take focus away from whats most important -YOU!
The following is a checklist of the 5 most important points to focus on in helping you prepare in advance to look your absolute best - Are they a must? no.. and may not be for everyone. Read through & choose what is most important to you & fits your budget, lifestyle & beauty regimen. We have provided links to our Team of professionals to book your preferred appointments with Gifted Discounts when booking a session through Howieloo Photography LLC.
Crest sells white-strips that whiten in a week or less for a quick whiteness boost. I hear dentists can whiten teeth, too. Many even do it for free for new clients. If you’re due for a cleaning, you might consider going all out.
A pimple is very easy to cover with makeup, but scabs, wounds and flaky patches are more tricky. As soon as possible, stop picking at your skin. If you’re like me and scratch and squeeze at every bump and flake on your face, it’s time to pull out the big guns. Do whatever it takes. Stop examining your face closer than 2 feet from a mirror. If you distractedly pick while you’re doing something else, try wearing bandaids on your fingertips. Go for some with a really sassy print, like Barbie or Dora the Explorer
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
If you’re going to go all out into pamper 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
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. Otherwise, an eyebrow trim/touch up at home could be done a day or two before the shoot
If you have color treated hair, touching up your regrowth three days before your photoshoot is ideal. Strong suggestion: Do not make drastic changes before your session.
Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference.
Your salon can do a professional conditioning treatment, or you can use your favorite deep conditioner or protein pack at home.
Hair and makeup is the icing on the cupcake! These beauty treatments can give you a sense of confidence. If you are camera shy, getting your makeup done can make you feel more comfortable getting in front of the camera. Plus, take the stress out of worrying about fly aways and what foundation is the best match for your skin! Take a deep breath and let your Hair & Makeup artist do what they do best!
If you’re hard on your hands, book a manicure for the day before your shoot.
Chipped nails and bright colored nail paint can be very distracting
Clean Your Wedding Ring. Him, Too. If you’re bringing your man to your shoot, make sure his nails are neat and his ring is clean.
Why not relax & enjoy all out pampering to prepare for your special day? Depending on your styled session, those toesies might make an appearance in your images. Make sure they get some attention as well
If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days to heal before your shoot. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your legs and underarms, and if you’ll be wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, go for the bikini area as well.
Your portraits should be a reflection of you, just more polished. Choose outfits you love. Think of those special pieces you might not wear often because they’re impractical for day-to-day use, or the go-to blouse you always wear when you’re going somewhere nice.