So, I gave you guys some tips for things to consider when figuring out what to wear for pictures but I didn’t tell you all the things I do to prepare. About a week and a half ago I had head-shots done by the super talented Heidi & Heather Collective and as I was preparing for the pictures I started documenting everything I do the week leading up to them. I know some people will think this is a bit excessive but I figure if you’re paying for pictures why not put in a little extra work to make sure you’re putting your best self out there? The photographers are obviously going to do their best making sure your pictures look great but they can only do so much, you need to do your part!
Some of my things are super simple, like I make sure I wash my face every night before I go to bed. For some people this is already a ritual, for me, I often fall asleep with my make-up on. SO BAD, I know! But the week before pictures I make an extra effort to wash my face before bed and use my night cream. I exfoliate in the morning to ensure my face is bright, vibrant and smooth the day of pictures! I mean really, who wants dull and dry skin the day of pictures? Eww
The first thing I drink every morning is a glass of lemon water. The process of drinking water first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body! I’ve read that the water should be warm but I’ve used cold water and I’ve seen great results! To keep up with hydrating my body I drink a gallon of water a day. I do my best to lower my sodium and sugar intake and I absolutely do not drink the night before. The last thing I want is to look puffy, tired and worn out. Sugar, sodium and alcohol do all those things!
I ALWAYS get a spray tan before pictures, like no matter the season, even if it’s just the lightest level. I like my skin to have a nice glow. I usually do this 1-2 days before pictures. This past time I went to see Amie at Beautiful Skin by Mimi and got an airbrush tan. No joke, it looked real! The color was amazing, I didn’t look orange, everything was even and she was so professional! I highly recommend checking her out!
The night before- I make sure my outfit is prepped and ready to go! The last thing you want to worry about on the day of pictures is steaming your clothes! You’ll have enough things to take care of so why let that be one of them? And since I’ll be styling you and your family you definitely won’t be second guessing what you’re wearing! =)
The day of… Beyond the no brainers like washing my hair, making sure my nails are either completely painted (no chips) or no polish at all, I get my makeup done by a professional and not at the mall. I like to schedule this appointment with someone who can focus on only me and not go between customers. I schedule this appointment weeks in advance. For my past 4 photo sessions I’ve had the very talented, Faith with Faith Art Beauty and let me tell you, she is A-MAZE-ING! Like so talented. Her account is new to IG but she is far from new to the industry! She’s been doing makeup for YEARS.
Now, I know you’re thinking in your head “she’s putting way too much effort into these pictures” but honestly, I don’t think I am! The way I look at it is, I’m paying for professional pictures and the first thing I’m going to do is critic myself so why wouldn’t I try to put my best self out there?
I haven’t received my head-shots yet but I’ll update my blog once I have! That way you can see for yourself if the exfoliating, lemon water, spray tan, professional make-up was worth it!