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Preparing for your photoshoot: beauty tips

February 6, 2018


So, you've found your dream photographer, booked a date that works for you and your portrait photographer, picked a location, outfit, now what's next?


The next steps will significantly differ depending on the type of the photo shoot you are going for.


There are many different kinds of photo portraits, and each one of them might require more or less intense preparation.


Couples or engagement outdoor photography session requirements will be vastly different from a sexy boudoir shoot.


In this article, we will focus on the common areas that require attention but are often left neglected.


Two to Three weeks before your photo shoot


  • Try on the dress you were planning to wear at the day of your photography session. If it feels a little too snug or the zipper doesn't go all the way up, it might be a good idea to do some more shopping and find an alternative. Or you might want to increase your physical activity or sit on a mild diet. We, at De Novo Photography, personally vote for option number one. After all, you want to feel happy on the day of your photoshoot and what can be a better mood booster than productive clothes and accessories shopping, right?


  • Break in your shoes, especially if you've bought new ones specifically for your big day or plan to wear old ones that you haven't worn in a while. Leather is prone to drying out and shrinking. This can be easily fixed by spraying your shoes with water and wearing them around the house for a couple of hours.


One week before photo shoot


  • Start eating as healthy as possible. This is especially important if you are prone to allergies or acne break-outs. Try to avoid artificially colored food as it often causes skin redness.


  • If you plan to do laser hair removal or waxing or any harsh facial procedures, do them in advance to allow your skin sufficient time to heal.


  • Try to avoid potentially traumatic physical exercises. That snowboard of yours can wait for a few weeks!


Three days before portrait photography session


  • Try to abstain from partying and get plenty of sleep instead.


  • Schedule an appointment with your hair stylist. Trim split ends, touch-up roots, freshen up highlights. You can even try extensions or go bold and finally try these mermaid locks! After all, they fade after the first wash, so let's capture them on digital file!


  • If spray tan is your thing, go for it! Don't forget to exfoliate your skin before this thoroughly!


  • Teeth whitening either at a dental office or home could be a great idea and will undoubtedly boost your confidence and help you smile genuinely and not feel restrained in front of the camera.


  • Dry clean / wash / dry / put on hangers clothes that you plan to wear on the day of your photoshoot. Might be a good idea to try everything on again, just in case.


  • Check the weather forecast and make necessary adjustments if your photography session is taking place outdoors.


  • Never hesitate to reach out to your photographer and ask for advice!


One day before creative portrait session


  • Relax! Take a hot bath with Epsom salts or aromatic bath bombs.


  • Listen to your favorite music and try to put yourself in a positive mindset. You are gorgeous, no matter what you wear, no matter how big or small you are, no matter how old, petite or tall. EVERY single woman is gorgeous in her unique way, and your photographer will be able to capture and emphasize it.


  • Here, at De Novo Photography, we believe that absolutely anyone can look awesome in their photos as long as they extrapolate this inner happiness and glow!


  • Drink plenty of water, but cut on liquids at least 2 hours before bedtime. Eat low-sodium and low-carb food. Don't eat heavy dinner. Try to avoid caffeine, tea, and taurine.


  • Don't stay up late. Sleep is crucial in looking good.


  • Fix your manicure. Remember, bare, healthy nails always win in contrast to chipped nail polish!


  • Apply moisturizer on your face and body. The best secret to that coveted glowing skin is, no, not Photoshop, but proper hydration!

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