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When your picture is taken, there are five areas where a little advanced preparation can make a big difference. Ignore them, and otherwise an accurate picture may end up with distracting elements that divert attention to where it should be. (* Ahem * Your beautiful eyes, definitely.) There are five areas: face, hair, hands, skin, and clothes. The week before your shoot (or before, if you have booked ahead) is the time to plan. Decide on the outfits, what beautification steps you will take, and schedule appointments (even if they are with yourself). Remember, these tips are here to help you think of ideas for preparing for your shoot, but are definitely or not necessary for everyone. Just choose what fits with your budget, lifestyle and current beauty, and go from there!

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FACE

White teeth. Crest sells white-strips that turn white in a week or less. I heard dentists can also whiten teeth. Many also offer it to new customers for free. If you are due for cleaning, you may consider going outside. Do not pick up. A pimple is much easier to cover with makeup, but scabs, bruises and scaly patches are more difficult. Stop picking on your skin as soon as possible. If you like me and scratch and tuck every bit and crack on your face, it's time to take out the big guns. do whatever it takes. Stop examining your face close to 2 feet from the mirror. If you get distracted while doing something else, try wearing bendids on your fingers. Go for something with a really sassy print like Barbie or Dora the Explorer. To leave. Using a granular scrub (or gently rubbing your skin with a washcloth) is a great way to spend a good soothing session evening on your face and body. Plan to exfoliate a couple of times before your appointment, but be sure to allow a few days between treatments, plus the last one to two days before your shoot. Get a facial done. If you are going into Pamper mode, make sure to have your facial done at least one week before your shoot. Since facials cause redness, a week usually gives enough time to heal. For those of us on a budget, with a gooey face on a cheeky face, the Florescent Musk is always a fun alternative to a night on the town. Throw in a tasty book and recharge your psyche. Repeat as necessary. Wax eyebrows. If you decide to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded, then schedule an appointment for at least a few days before your photoshoot. Otherwise, an eyebrow trim / touch up at home can be done a day or two before the shoot.

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HAIR

Touch your roots. If you dye your hair, touch your regrowth three days before your photoshoot is ideal. Take my advice: this is not a time for drastic changes. believe me. Get a trim. Neat, healthy hair is young and vibrant. If it has been a while since your last haircut, a subtle trim can still make a world of difference. Deep state. Your salon can do a professional conditioning treatment, or you can use your favorite deep conditioner or protein pack at home. Toss it with the gooey face masque. Wrap your head, turban-style. Wear harem pants and show off a genie while you're marinating. Or read a book. Your call

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HANDS

Get a Manicure. While you're at it, toss in a pedicure. If you are working hard on your manicure, book a gem / peri for the day before your shoot. Minimalists can stick neatly, with clear nails. Soft, neutral colors work well for fingers. Toes can be overcome by any color. (Think about the outfits you are bringing and make sure to choose a color that compliments your choice.) Clean your wedding ring. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste is a great day to clean your bling, but most professional jewelers have sonic cleaners that make it as luxurious as the day it is born. Many will also clean their ring for free. Especially if you return it to the jeweler you bought it from. If it has been a long time since your last pro-cleaning, move the ring immediately. If there are any loose stones in your setting, they may be loose, so it is a good idea to allow the goldsmith to re-set anything for a few days. If it is convenient, clean it a day before your shoot. Or you can go the night before with the old toothbrush method. Or even stop wearing it between cleaning and shoot. Just don't leave it at home! him too. If you are bringing your man to your shoot, make sure his nails are clean and his ring is clean. Bonus points if you can get him to wear a genie's masque.

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SKIN

Wax or beard. If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days to heal before your shoot. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your feet and underarms, and if you're wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, go for the bikini area as well. spray tan. If you usually have a faux shine, get a spray tan a few days before your shoot. Honestly, though, I love fair skin. If I had my way, you would have left the tanning salon and embraced your inner peel. Remember that, while Photoshop can hide a multitude of sins, you'll love knowing that your photos have captured your most ideal self. At the end of the day, there are some things that no amount of preparation can change, (and you might not want). Some examples are birth marks or scars. Some people think that these signs are part of who we are, while others want to "photoshop" them. Which is correct? whatever you want. This is your face, your body, your pictures.

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CLOTHES

Get 5-6 outfits. Your pictures should have your reflection, just be more polished. Choose outfits that you like. Think of special pieces that you may not wear often because they are impractical for day-to-day use, or the blouse you always wear when you are going somewhere good. Something dark. Bring at least one dark outfit or top. Black, navy or charcoal work best here. Something lighter. For your light outfits, think angelic. Soft, garish, perhaps layered and sheer as well. It doesn't have to be white, you can go with cream, nude, light pink - whatever. Something funny / funky / eccentric. This dress is really a chance to show your personal style. If you turn to more conservative tastes, choose a different adjective. Instead of funky, try structured, soft, elegant or formal. Something sexy this is completely your call. You can skip sexy, and it's up to you. But if you want, you can be sensibly sexy in a backless formal dress, or more sexy in a beautiful Pinup-style swimsuit. Beautiful lingerie is cute and forceful. Consider necklines. I like being able to see your collar bone, so Boat Neck, Scoop Neck, Square Neck, Deep V and Off-Shoulder are my favorite necklines. Whichever you choose, try to make it more interesting than the original T-shirt neckline. If you love turtles, go for it! Whatever you feel free to call. Adding necklines will diversify your shots, so try not to bring them all in one style. Think texture. The stunning texture gives a rich, tactile element to your photos. Delicious Avoid print. Patterns and prints are distracting. We want you to draw attention when people see your picture. See the photo above for an example. I bet the first thing you noticed about it was her dress. It is a fabulous outfit, but she also has big eyes - and they are not the first thing we see. Fit your form. Fitted clothes that show your shape work best for photographs. Leave that billy, bluson top, or doleman or anything with batting sleeves. While they would be flattering in person, they would not appear in camera. This applies to any body type. Choose outfits that hug your curves, especially your waist, hips, arms and chest. Forget the shoes. As long as you don't have a special pair you're photographing, there's no need to worry about the shoes you're wearing. Most images do not show your feet at all, and if some do, bare feet will add an organic feeling to your pictures.