Preparing for your Portrait Session | Maine Portrait Photographer

You've booked your shoot, you've chosen the people you want to be photographed with and you've picked out your outfits. Now what? Should you get your hair cut? Dyed? What about your nails? Spray tan? ACK!

Here is a quick guide to preparing for your session!  

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First up - Hair and Nails!

I get asked a lot about whether you should get your hair cut and dyed or if you need a manicure. I always say, if it makes you feel confident then definitely go for it! There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman!

However, here are some tips about hitting up the salon before your session.

  • A trim is great, a whole new style is risky so don't try out something new right before your shoot.
  • Same thing with color. Don't try out a new color right before your session. If you don't love your new color, then you probably won't love the images with your new color.
  • Try and schedule your appointment one week before your shoot. That way there is time to fix anything that needs fixing and gives your hair a chance to settle into the trim or color. 
  • If you are getting a manicure then you can schedule your appointment right before your shoot. I usually suggest either a French Manicure or neutral color polish which will go with any outfit chosen. 
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To tan or not to tan. That is the question...and I get asked this question all of the time! While I don't really have a preference here, again if it makes you feel confident then go for it! Here are some do's and don'ts about tanning before your session -

  • If you are naturally pale, skip the spray tan. It will just be too much of a change and you might not like it. 
  • If you are naturally pale and really want a tan, then use a tanning bed or booth for a couple of weeks leading up to your session. Go slowly and allow your skin to rest in between tanning sessions. This will give you the most natural results on pale skin.
  • If you are naturally tan and really want to have a dark tan for your session then I highly suggest going to a professional tanning salon and getting a spray tan. Just make sure not to get your spray tan on the day of the shoot. It can transfer to your outfits.
Skin is a beautiful thing, wear it well! 

Skin is a beautiful thing, wear it well! 

One of the best things you can do before your session is take care of your skin. Most of my sessions include a professional makeup application and if your skin has been taken care of your makeup will come out incredible! Here are some tips for taking care of your skin before your shoot so you can GLOW!

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again, don't try something new before your shoot unless what you are using is causing a reaction or not working. Switching up your routine right before your shoot is a recipe for disaster. 
  • Commit to taking care of your skin really well in the two weeks leading up to your shoot. Make sure to cleanse your skin twice a day and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
  • If what you are using is not working or causing a reaction then it's time to switch up your routine. Make sure to give your skin plenty of time before your shoot to adjust to your new skin care line (like a month). I personally use Rodan and Fields and believe it is the best of the best and am happy to share it with everyone!

Hope this guide gave you some good ideas of what to do and not to do before your shoot. When in doubt though, just ask. I'm here to help make this the best photo session of your life!

<3 Kayte