The Do's & Don'ts


Photo Session Do's & Don'ts

A lot of clients ask me what clothes to wear, what colors to wear, what props to bring, etc. However, there are a few more recommendations that you might not think of before your portrait session. So, I have compiled a short list of do's and don'ts for anyone planning their next photographic experience. 

1.) DON'T get a spray tan the day before your photo session. Spray tans are a wonderful way to give that pale winter skin a little bit of color. However, if you have never gotten a spray tan before you won't know how your skin will react. The last thing you want is to be an orange oompa-loompa or look like you have jaundice in the photos, or even worse...break out in a rash from head to toe! There are other factors for spray tanning as well…missing spots for instance or going too dark. Spray tanning is not for the do-it-yourself-er unless you have training or vast experience. Our recommendation if you truly feel the need to add some color? 

DO find a professional tanning salon or professional spray tanner that can get you in7-10 days before your portrait session. This will allow you time to adjust to the new color, and heal if a reaction should occur.

2.) DON'T color your hair the day before your photo session. Coloring your hair can have the same reaction as a spray tan. It can discolor your skin/scalp and make you look like your hair was painted on at the skin. You can also have allergic reactions that can be severe. The last thing you want is to have a nasty rash or hives all over your face and scalp the day of pictures. However, coloring your hair can be a WONDERFUL way to add a little pop of color to your portraits. Our recommendation if you feel the need for a touch up?

DO find a professional hair salon to color your hair. Allow a minimum of 3 days before your session to get the coloring done. This will allow for your scalp to rid it's self of the extra pigment, yet you will still have a fresh batch of colorful hair.

3.) DON'T try out new make-up the day of your photo session. Allergies, allergies, allergies! Speaking as someone with a TON of allergies, make-up can cause severe red, itchy, burning, watery eyes, as well as severe dry skin and rashes. Especially new make-up! While most professional photographers are quite adapt at using Photoshop to remove imperfections…we are not miracle workers. Swollen, watery, red eyes will look pretty bad. Red, scaly, dry rashes can be hard to cover up. It's possible your photographer won't be able to fix the “problem areas”. Our recommendation?

DO test your make-up out a minimum of 5 days before your photo session. This should allow you enough time to figure out how you want your make-up to look, and heal from any allergic reactions you could develop.

4.) DON'T eat foods that will make you (or your child if you are breastfeeding) gassy and bloated. Feeling bloated with excess gas is not going to make you feel good, and if you are a breastfeeding mom…what you eat, your baby eats. Many of our “uncomfortable” days are from the foods and beverages we eat and drink, and a cranky baby probably isn't what you would like for newborn/baby photos either. Our recommendation?

DO have Gas-ex, Beano, Mylacon, Gripe Water, etc. readily available the day of your photo session, and just be mindful of the foods that could cause you to feel...not so comfortable in your clothes.

5.) DON'T pull an all-nighter the day before your photo session. Easier said than done when you have kids, I know! Our recommendation?  

DO try to get plenty of sleep the night before. This will have you relaxed and happy for your session. 

6.) DON'T come to your session with a fever or vomiting! You would think this one is pretty self explanatory, right? If you are super sick…please don't share the germs. Our recommendation?

DO call to reschedule if you are sick. Your photographer will thank you! 

I hope all this information is very helpful for your next photo session. If you are ever in doubt of a do or don't....please feel free to just call and ask. We are always happy to help!

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