CLIENT CHEAT SHEET
Here is just some general advice for your photo shoot to help you Take Your Best Shot!
Bloating – Ladies, avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated will sap your confidence and comfort in front of the camera.
Breakouts – Start using African Black Bar Soap for a week in advance of your shoot to help reduce and limit pimples and blemishes. Equally important, don’t cake on a lot of make-up to try and hide blemishes. It’s almost always easier to Photoshop away pimples than to clean up overdone make-up. For fever blisters, avoid getting them in the first place, then use Abreva if one pops up anyways.
Clothes – I mention this one again later because it is that important. Nothing can mess up a shoot more than a mismatched outfit, couple, or group. As the photographer I can fix blemishes, balance the composition of a photo with a 6 foot tall man and a 3 year old, and hopefully help a family to look like they love each other (if only for a split second). Something that can only be fixed by turning a photo black and white is mismatched clothes. Since chances are that’s not what you are looking for if you want to wear something like red, white, and blue plaid, have the other person (or people) dress in complementing colors rather than trying to match you exactly. This way you clashing with the crowd or soon to be spouse won’t be an issue. An extra note is that guys should bring a change of undershirts as well.
Deodorant –Making sure you wear your deodorant is one that’s probably more important for the guys and even a double layer if you need to. On a hot day you might even want to bring an extra shirt. Underarm sweat is just not a good look.
Empty Your Pockets – This one is self-explanatory, but if you keep anything in your pockets it will show up in your pictures.
Facial hair – Men, be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up your beard, sideburns, moustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. Ladies, even if you have some light facial hair (particularly around your lip or chin), indulge in a waxing in advance of your shoot – even barely-there light facial hair will be noticeable in your photos. Men and women both, pluck and clean up those eyebrows.
Glasses – If people wouldn’t recognize you without your glasses, you want to wear them in your shoot. However, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos. You can have your lenses removed from your frames for your shoot (don’t worry it’s what Hollywood does to avoid glare in movies). Ask your eye doctor to loan you a similar pair of frames, or you can also visit an inexpensive company online like Zenni Optical, Wal-mart, or a Thrift Shop and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.
Hair Accessories – If you’re shoot is heading outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.
Hair Cuts – Girls, if you are getting a haircut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong (you just never know). For guys, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
Ironing – If you iron, iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot – just change at the location.
Lips – You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your smoochers look their best.
Make-up – A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. But make sure you know what you’re doing, and make sure it matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body.
Moisturizer – Dry skin can really detract from a great photo shoot. Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. When you get out of the shower, dry off until lightly damp, and slather on moisturizer. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt. PRO TIP: For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use a sugar scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with about a quarter cup of olive oil, or just until it looks like wet sand. Scrub your face with it anywhere you have flaky skin, wash it off, then wash with soap to remove the oil. The sugar paste shouldn’t be oily, just wet enough to moisten the sugar. Also, be sure on your face to use a facial moisturizer, not a thick body moisturizer, or you could break out.
Multiple Outfits – I always suggest bringing two outfits at the minimum. One outfit should be something that is more neutral. Khakis, jeans, or a nice pair of slacks can all be matched well with a white button down. The other outfit(s) should be something that fits your personality and vision for your shoot. Make sure your outfit matches your fiance or group as well though! You don’t want to show up and be the only one who thought plaid was a neutral outfit choice (it’s not).
Nails – A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure, but if you can’t go to the salon, make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles.
Red eyes & Allergies – Visine is your friend. If your enemy is pollen then try to stay out of the elements as much as possible before the shoot. Take all precautions like wearing your glasses instead of your contacts during the first part of the day.
Shoes – Ladies, you can’t go wrong in heels or wedges. Men, clean’em up! Dress shoes are best, but as with most things, let your momma or your wife decide.
Sun burns and tan lines – If your shoot is booked for Saturday, don’t go to the beach on Friday. If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, etc.
Teeth – If you want to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your shoot.
Undergarments – Bra straps won’t do anything to help your outfit look its best. Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap- adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep those straps well-hidden.
Thanks for this list in part goes to PartTimePhoto.com.