Preparing for Makeup
Just as paint goes on better to a well prepared canvas, so it’s the same with makeup. With lifestyle, contemporary and fine art packages including complimentary makeup for one person, here are a few tips to ensure you will look amazing in your photos.
- The days leading up to your session are not the time to try things like chemical peels, skin needling and other invasive facial treatments. Such treatments leave your skin sensitive and there’s no predicting how your skin will react to them, or whether it will be fully healed in time for your session.
- If you’d like to do a skin mask, ensure you do so three days before your session so your skin has a chance to settle.
- Exfoliate! Makeup goes on and looks much better on skin that’s freshly exfoliated, ideally the day before your session. Don’t forget your lips either, especially if you plan on wearing darker or shimmer/metallic lipsticks. For a healthy glow, give yourself a full body exfoliation and follow it up with plenty of moisturiser.
- Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and to keep yourself well hydrated as well in the days leading up to your session.
- When it’s time for your session, ensure you arrive with clean, makeup free skin.
Preparing for your Session
Everyone wants to look good in a photo, and that’s especially true for portrait sessions. The following tips will ensure you not only look your best, but feel it too.
- Hair: Don’t do anything too drastic in the weeks leading up to your session date, just in case something goes wrong. Wash and style as you normally would or take the opportunity to get a blowout at the salon.
- Facial Hair: Guys, if you typically shave then ensure you’re clean shaven. If you sport a beard, mustache or goatee, then make sure it’s neatly trimmed and combed through.
- Nails: If you normally have your nails done professionally, then ensure you get yours done a few days before your session date. For the guys and those who prefer short, natural nails- be sure to give them a trim and scrub just before your session.
- Bloat: No-one wants to look like they’re carrying a food-baby so try to avoid heavy, salty meals in the hours prior to your session. Being bloated makes you feel uncomfortable and it shows in your photos.
After your Session
With your portrait session wrapped, your photos are then backed up and the selection process begins as I choose all of the best photos. From there I do the first stage of editing to perfect the overall stylised look of your photos; it’s at this point that you get the opportunity to select your photos from a private online gallery and purchase extras and prints if you so wish.
Once I have your selection, it’s time for more advanced editing to ensure you look your natural best; a process that takes between 7 and 10 days. Once your photos are fully processed, they are uploaded to your own private online gallery where they are accessible from any device with an internet connection for the next 12 months.