You don’t have your photograph taken every day, and much less often without many clothes on…
So here are 10 things that you can do to get ready before your photography session, both for the night before and the day itself.
1) Think ahead about hair removal perhaps and also about all the things that could leave your skin with blemishes (have a facial maybe) at least a few days in advance. You know your skin, try and make sure therefore that it won’t be sensitive on the day of the shoot. For example I do not suggest you get your eyebrows wax the day of the session!
2) If it’s summer, avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun during the days before your shoot. The tan-lines from swim wear tends to show up when you’re in your underwear.
Don’t worry about it if on the day you happen to find one of those annoying little spots, we have all the necessary make-up to make it disappear (For Full Sessions), and of course, there’s always Photoshop (Mostly for Mini Sessions).
3) If you need to give your hair a quick trim, make sure you do it at least a week and a half before the big day. If your hairdresser accidentally messes up a little bit, you have to give it time to grow back.
*A useful tip for those who use a professional hair and make-up stylist: wash your hair the night before the shoot, but do not use shampoo or conditioner. Wash your face in morning as always and simply add your moisturizing cream. (Please follow this guideline if you are having a full session)
4) It’s important to moisten both the lips and the skin. Cracked lips are difficult to retouch, so make sure that all the odds are in your favor. Try and begin preparing your lips a few days before the session. Especially in the winter.
WHAT TO WEAR
5) Get together a few outfits (or rather under-outfits). Have fun picking out the best clothes and the best accessories… and be sure to try on the whole outfit you choose before the session. Often a necklace which can be very beautiful proves too weighty with a certain type of lingerie. I do recommend you have a necklace or two you would like to incorporate.
For those on tighter budgets, the famous “white shirt” with a pair of pretty panties can work very well in making up an outfit. At the time of the session, I will be there to advise you as well. Remember a ladies fitted button down is more flattering than a man’s.
2 or 3 outfits should be enough for a boudoir session, 1 or 2 dresses can also be used to add a little “flirty-ness”.
I suggest you have at least two pretty underwear sets, a button down blouse, 1-2 necklaces, 1-2 pairs of heels and anything “extra” you’d like to incorporate such as a favorite sports theme… Your honey’s favorite jersey is often a Valentine favorite… Let your imagination pick a few props!
So pick out the outfits that you don’t get to wear every day, the ones you’d pick out for a big occasion, unless of course you’ve decided to go with the theme of casual jeans and a tshirt... If the plan is to make an album it is fun to start with images that are flattering, but don’t hint at where we are going! Start slow with jeans and a tshirt, end with a surprise image! Intrigue is key!
6) Make sure that you’ve taken care of both your fingernails and your toenails. Because yes, we run the risk of seeing them in each photo!
THE DAY BEFORE
7) The night before your session, drink plenty of water and sleep early. Avoid drinking alcohol which will inevitably give you puffy eyes. Above all, relax; it’s gonna be a lot of fun.
THE DAY OF THE SESSION
8) On the day itself, try to be ready a little early, it would a shame to start the session all stressed because you were worried you’d be late. Of course, it can be equally boring to have to wait 2 hours, dressed in your undies and unable to answer the door!
9) Don’t wear tight bras or panties. You’ll risk having visible stretch-marks on your skin which can take time before they disappear.
10) Have a few little snacks, but don’t eat a big meal just before your session. You’ll risk feeling bloated. If you don’t eat enough however, you might not have enough energy.