10 ways to help you look GREAT on your session day

Getting ready for your session can seem a little overwhelming with all of the things you need to do. Figuring out what to wear, trying to figure out how to look your best, etc. I am here to give you some tips that you can do to make sure you look great for your photos. I am giving you my top 10 pieces of advice to give you some direction.

1. Drink Water 

This may sound a little silly, but drinking water helps not only with bloating, but it helps your skin look wonderful. "When your blood gets thick and water-deficient from organs pulling water from it, the blood in turn pulls water from skin cells, according to Dr. Richard Besser, the chief health and medical editor at ABC News. This causes your skin to look dry and your eyes to look darker and sunken. Over time, the condition can age you faster. When your skin is dry, it’s less resilient and elastic, making it prone to wrinkling. If you’re not feeling thirsty, however, it probably hasn’t gotten to the point of dehydration that affects your skin, says Besser." (From Livstrong.com)

2. Trial for makeup and hair

You want to make sure you are happy with your hair and makeup before your session even begins. There is nothing like getting anxiety on the day of your session because you can't get your hair and makeup right.

3. Try on the clothes

You want to make sure your trying on your clothes to see how they fit you and if you are comfortable in them. Don't wear something you are uncomfortable in; you will be able to see that in your photos. Make sure they are clean though before you wear them.

4. Don't pick

A pimple is very easy to cover with makeup, but scabs, wounds and flaky patches are more tricky. As soon as possible, stop picking at your skin. If you’re like me and scratch and squeeze at every bump and flake on your face, it’s time to pull out the big guns. Do whatever it takes. Stop examining your face closer than 2 feet from a mirror. If you distractedly pick while you’re doing something else, try wearing Band-Aids on your fingertips.

5. Exfoliate

A nice, soothing session using a grainy scrub (or gently rubbing your skin with a washcloth) on your face and body is an indulgent way to spend an evening. Plan to exfoliate a couple times before your appointment, but be sure to allow a few days between ‘treatments’, as well as a couple days after the last one before your shoot.

6. Waxing & facial hair

If you have an appointment for a wax, you’ll want to have that done at least two days prior to your Senior session.  You’d be amazed at what the camera sees!  Guys, don’t forget to shave the morning of your session [unless you want that hair!].  

7. Touch up your roots & get a trim

If you dye your hair, touching up your regrowth three days before your photo shoot is ideal. Take my advice: this is not the time for drastic changes. Trust me. Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference.

8. Get a manicure

While you’re at it, toss in the pedicure. If you’re hard on your manicures, book the mani/pedi for the day before your shoot. Minimalists can stick with neatly shaped, clear nails. Soft, neutral colors work well for fingertips. Toes can get away with any color. (Think about the outfits you’re bringing and be sure to choose a color that will compliment your choices.)

9. Clean your wedding ring

Using a toothbrush and toothpaste is a great day-to-day way to clean your bling, but most professional jewelers have sonic cleaners that make it sparkle like the day it was born. Many will even clean your ring for free. Especially if you return to the jeweler you bought it from. If it’s been a long time since your last pro cleaning, take the ring in right away. If there are any loose stones in your setting, they may get shaken loose, so it’s a good idea to allow a few days in case the goldsmith needs to re-set anything. If it’s convenient, have it cleaned again the day before your shoot. Or you could go with the old toothbrush method the night before. Or even stop wearing it between the cleaning and the shoot. Just don’t leave it at home! (If you’re bringing your man to your shoot, make sure his nails are neat and his ring is clean. Bonus points if you can get him to wear the genie masque.)

(Many of these tips you can find from Teri Klinger Photography & Emily London Portraits)

10. Practice in the mirror

If you are someone who is nervous, just practice smiling in the mirror. It will help you know what you are going to look like on the day of your session. Honestly, it helps you realize if you need to use more effort in your smile or not.