Pre-Photo Tips

Are you Ready for your photo shoot?

Achieving Professional Photos that look amazing from top to bottom is my passion, but I need your help because it includes having good outfits, locations, backgrounds, lighting, makeup, angles, styling, and many more details than just taking a regular snap picture.

Professional Hair & Make-Up – I highly recommend a professional hair & make-up artist for your photo shoot. The difference between a non-professional makeup and a professional one is like having your everyday look in a photo, and looking like a celebrity or a professional model in your photos. Doing your own makeup can get you by day to day, but not for professional digital photos with strobe lights that show every detail of your face. A Pro Makeup Artist uses the right colors and a combination of make-up pigments that glow in a smooth flattering way when a bright strobe light shines on your face. If you are not used to having professional makeup and photos, you might see your make-up as being too heavy or dark. Resist the urge to mess with your face- it will not look that in the final professional photographs.

Natural Makeup Look – To achieve the beautiful natural make-up look like the ones you see in magazines, and in all professional sites, you will always need a professional makeup artist. There is no such thing as having a little make-up and achieving a natural look on your own. A natural makeup look involves more advanced steps which include applying the right makeup that conceals your blemishes and dark spots, contouring and sculpturing your facial features, and thinning out your face as well as warming up your skin tone in the spots needed. Then, a highlighter is added on your cheekbones which bring them out and gives a subtle glow to the face. Eyebrows are filled in and defining as well as the lips while making sure the t-zone stays matte for a glowing finish.

Manicure + Pedicure – I always show your hands and often your feet in photos. Beautiful well-manicured hands are a very feminine feature that needs to also be on point for your shoot. Please have your nails recently done in light and or solid colors. They are the most flattering and can be used for different themes and outfits of your photo shoot. While French manicure may look beautiful is overly done and has been popular with the masses since the 1980’s. 

Wax or shaving – Have your hair from underarm, bikini area, legs waxed or shaved one day before of the photo shoot. 

Hairstyle - It's important to coordinate your hairstyle with the outfit you choose. If you are wearing a long-sleeved cocktail dress, opt for a sleek ponytail. For a relaxed, sexy look, go for loose curls, half-up in bobby pins. 

No Crash Diets! Eat healthy foods with good carbs and protein plus fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water several days before your shoot and on the day of your shoot. Do not try to lose a few quick pounds right before your shoot. Many times I have clients come to their photo shoot without eating. Food is fuel and you will need the energy to hold the poses and the right attitude in order to be comfortable and look good in your photos. I can edit your body but I cannot edit your expression or lack of energy because you are starving or tired. Remember a photo-shoot is not a 2-minute weight-in. This is at least a 2-hour physical activity. 

No Self-Tanners! – Self-tanners look terrible in digital photos. They leave an orange tone on your skin that looks un-human and it is very difficult to edit. Besides, your skin will look plastically because the self- tanning cream covers the natural skin glow. Self-tanning cream and rubs off on your clothes, and anything you touch or lay on –it ‘s a mess. It’s better to look pale and human than orange. Go tanning a week before 3-4 times at the beach or tanning spa to achieve a natural tan color, but don’t over do it and show up with red skin or face! I rather you do nothing than risk a sunburn. The only option is for a professional spray tan  but you must follow the steps and preparations to have good results for a photo-shoot. 

Don't Try Something for the First Time On the Day of the Shoot - It's tempting to be extra excited and try something new like new contacts, new shoes ( if you are going to be walking or standing a lot)clothes you have not tried on to confirm the fit, or shave the day of the shoot.  Your shoot needs to be planned and so to avoid surprises.

Beach Photo-Shoot – Always bring a towel or 2 (to dry, cover, and for personal use). Sandals (to walk on the), sunscreen lotion, water. –Did I say pedicure? - Be ready for the Miami heat! Plus, you need to have been well rested. Shooting in the sun is much harder than inside.  There is the sun, the heat, the wind, the sand, and other distractions, and if you are tired your eyes will water and it will be impossible to hold a pleasant expression.  The key is to be well rested.

Right Swimsuit – Choose a swimsuit that lays flat on your body. No extra fabric showing, please! It needs to be right for your body type. The colors and prints need to enhance your natural skin color. Go for solid colors that look sophisticated. Keep in mind that the focus is on you and not your bikini (unless this is a bikini catalog shoot). Tops need to have good support if you need a natural lift.

Sexy Beach Shoot -If you are planning for a sexy photo shoot for a Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated style, I always recommend choosing Brazilian cut swimsuits. This is not the time to wear something conservative, traditional or something you would wear with your family. Choose a sexy, classy, elegant bikini. The best brands carry the best quality; they are stylish and have the cut that is not wide. No full bottom bottoms please. Unless you are very lean, don’t opt for a string bikini. String bikinis tend to press in some body parts during the shoot and the strings get lost and they do not look complimentary.

Best Clothes and Accessories – Plan your photo shoot ahead. Ask me about the clothes colors. Some colors are not flattering for photo shoots like darks are better for slimming down. Stripes, in general, are a no-no for photos. If you choose the ever-slimming black ensemble, add a pop of color to your look with a bright, bold accessory. Color always lights up a photograph and adds great depth. Statement necklaces  fabulous deco earrings, or a chunky cocktail ring is great ways to introduce color with jewelry. 

Skin Hydration – Just add baby gel or oil in the right places. To hydrate the skin for the photo shoot use baby oil on body parts like …and drink lots of water always and get proper rest. Do not party the night before your shoot. Remember NO SELF TANNING creams or lotion.

Strike a pose – Chin up! This is a tip that works great for many of my clients. When getting your photo taken, never raise your chin too high or too low. Leave a gap between your arms and your body so that your curves are not lost and your body’s curves are shown. But, don’t worry I will be patience and pose you. I will see through the lens and find your best poses. 

Breath through your mouth - People tend to hold a lot of tension in their mouth when they are nervous in front of the camera. If you find that your mouth looks tense in photos or you want a more natural smile, breathe through your mouth. Instead of a tight smile or trying to close your lips completely, slightly open your mouth and remember to breathe through it and smile! It will look so much more natural and relaxed, rather than a forced smile or tense smirk. 

Be positive! Stare directly into the lens and say to yourself, "I'm beautiful, Elegant, and happy." It sounds silly, but trust me, your eyes will light up when you say positive things to yourself. If you say negative things like "I hate taking photos," it will show! Your photo shoot is special. Never again will you be how you are today. These photo moments will be with you for a lifetime. This is your time to shine and be your very best from head to toe. Ready? Let’s make your shoot the best an amazing shoot. ♥