When you’re getting your portrait shot there are some key areas where you should pay special attention. If you don’t it could lead to a photo that doesn’t show you off as best as it should. Never neglect your face, hair, hands and skin.
- Clean and White Teeth
For the whitest teeth possible consider white-strips. They brighten up your teeth in a week and are a great quick fix. You can also go for a dentist teeth whitening appointment, so book yourself in for a cleaning and go all out!
- Avoid Picking
It’s super easy to co ver up a pimple but it’s tougher to cover up a scab or flaky patch of skin. So don’t pick at your skin. Stop looking at your face too closely in a mirror if you have to. That way you can still do your makeup but you won’t notice anything that you’ll be tempted to pick at. An extreme measure you can take is to bandaid your fingertips so you can’t pick at anything.
Set up some exfoliating sessions a few weeks in advance or sit at home with a grainy scrub. Just leave a few days between your appointments and don’t do one too close to your shoot to give your skin time to recover.
If you’re going to properly pamper yourself then have a facial done at least a week before the photoshoot. Some of them can cause redness so the delay is to give your skin time to recover. You can also do a facial at home so take some time away from the world with your favorite book and a face masque.
If you’ve got dyed hair you should touch up yor roots three days before the shoot. Never re-dye your hair completely before a shoot. Don’t change your look at all.
Having neat and healthy hair makes you look young and vibrant. Consider getting a little bit of a trim if it’s been a while since your last haircut.
You can have your salon give you a professional deep conditioning treatment or you can do it at home. Put it on when you put on your facial masque and wrap your hair up in a towel, then find a fun way to pass the time.
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- Get a Manicure
When you’re booking a manicure why not get a pedicure? Get it done the day before the shoot if you’re hard on manicures. Or go minimalist and just keep your nails neat and clear. If you’re polishing your nails then stick to soft neutral colors for your fingertips. You can use any color on your toes as long as it matches the colors of your outfit.
- Wax or Shave
If you’re going for a wax then have it done a few days ahead of time to recover. You can shave as late as the night before. Don’t forget about the legs, underarms and (if you need it).
- Spray Tan
If you use a spray tan then have it done a few days before the shoot but fair skin is a better choice. It’s easy to make you look tanner but it’s impossible to make someone look pale. Some people also look better pale.
Also keep in mind that there are some things that can’t be changed by preparation. It’s almost impossible to cover birthmarks and scars. Whether you feel they are a part of who you are or you want them covered with Photoshop is up to you.
Checklist For The Day
- Have a bare face by washing and applying moisturiser
- Clean and dry your hair and leave it wet if it’s short
- Ensure you have full photography backing to produce the best lighting, bespoke plastic can be found from cutmyplastic.co.uk
- Wear a comfy outfit for being styled in
- Take 5 or 6 fitted outfits to be photographed in
- Have pretty nails and clean your wedding ring
- Touch up your eyebrows