Shoot Preparation Part One
Bernadette Hello Beautiful People!
This article will be the first in a series of posts to help you prepare for a photo shoot. The series will focus on every aspect of the shooting process from what to do before the shoot, after its completed and all points in between. I have dubbed it the #GetLightScribed Series!
Before the Shoot
To begin the series, let’s focus on what you need to do before you step foot in the studio.
Hair – Ladies, you’ll want to get your cut and/or styled a few weeks before shooting. That way, if anything goes wrong, there’s time to correct it – better safe than sorry, right? Additionally, if you will be shooting outside be sure to bring an ample supply of bobby pins, hair clips, headbands any other accessories to keep your hair cute, neat and tidy! Guys, same thing. Get a fresh cut a couple of days to a week before.
Makeup – While I’m sure you’re awesome at doing your own makeup I highly recommend using a makeup artist for your session. The reason for this is makeup for a photo shoot is applied differently than “everyday” makeup. A professional makeup artist is familiar with what will and won’t work for location and studio shoots and avoid the dreaded Oompa Loompa look!
Body and Facial Hair – In terms of postprocessing, at least for me, cleaning up stray hairs or overly hairy body parts is a nightmare! To easily combat this, guys should indulge in a fresh shave using a new razor with a good shaving cream and after-shave to avoid bumps and redness. Ladies, even if you have light facial hair, you’ll want to do a waxing prior to shooting as even the slightest amount of hair will show in your images. Finally, both guys and gals will want to clean up their eyebrows.
Your Smile – If you want to make sure your smile is as bright as your personality make sure you start any whitening treatment at least two weeks prior to shooting.
Rest – I can’t stress enough how important this is – for all parties involved! If you have a shoot on Saturday, don’t stay out all night Friday at the local disco (showing my age!). Get at least eight full hours of sleep if possible.
More to Come
I’ll likely create a shoot prep guide soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions – or suggestions for great tips going forward – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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MJ | YOUR Light Scribe
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