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Updated: Feb 22, 2023

Are you gettin ready for your big photo op?! Boudoir, bridals, engagement photos, headshots, family photos etc ...and the list goes on. No matter the "why" for the images, now is not the time to be experimental with your appearance and/or with new skincare and facial treatments. It's of the utmost importance that YOU look and feel your best on a day that's all about you.

Alright-alright-alright, the DO's and the DONT's for your skin, hair, and clothing prep!



  • Don't be experimental with new skincare like moisturizers and serums. This also includes high end beauty treatments like botox, injections, peels, and cosmetic tattoos. We are all walking bodies of chemistry and everyone reacts differently. Don't risk it!

  • Self tanner is a no-go! The streaks, the blend or lack there of, will show up on camera!

  • Consider your time in the sun and whether or not tan lines will be a bother for you. Some people love their tan lines. If you don't like tan lines, proceed to the pool/beach with caution!

  • No SPF sunscreen applied the day of pics. The sun protection creates flashback from the camera lighting.

  • Fingernail colors should be neutral and/or based on your outfit selections and freshly painted. The chips and peeling will show and it's not pretty!


  • Stay hydrated with a healthy diet and get yourself great rest leading up to the day. In general take great care of yourself! Your mind, body, and spirit need it and deserve it!

  • Wax 5-7 days prior to your event date. If your skin has a negative reaction you've got time to heal!

  • Come ready with fresh, clean, exfoliated skin the morning of your photoshoot. Don't forget those lips! Lips need love too.

  • Moisturize that skin! Again, no SPF and no new moisturizing products.



  • Don't experiment with your hair style, hair color, or hairstylist. As you know even with the best stylist, YOU may not like how it turns out. This could put a damper on your spirit and it will show in the photos!

  • Don't let your hair airdry for styling.

  • No heavy products like oil in your hair. The artist will have all the necessary products and tools.

  • AVOID flat ironing your hair to improve the life of your hairstyle.


  • Blow dry your hair for style prep and do it on the day of or next day. You know your hair better than anyone and know when it's on its best behavior ;)

  • Feel free to use volumizing products when blow drying. Avoid oils and other products that will weigh the hair down. Volume is our friend ladies! Need some blowout tips check out my Great Hair Don't Care blog post.



  • Don't wear tight fitting clothing to your shoot. You want to wear loose fit clothes to prevent skin indentations and potentially ruining hair and makeup when it's time to change.

  • Don't wait until the last minute to shop and style yourself.

  • Don't choose items you wouldn't feel like yourself in!

  • Don't avoid sharing your photoshoot inspiration with your photog and hair and makeup artist. Help us help you bring your vision to life!

  • Don't get your hopes up on large, flashy jewelry especially earrings. They usually don't hang correctly and definitely will snag your intimates like lace, panty hose, etc. That doesn't mean - it's out of the question. Just know there are limitations to larger, dangly jewelry!


  • Wear loose comfortable clothing to your shoot...something that's easily removed for outfit changes.

  • Get some inspiration from pinterest/Photographers IG for your desired style. Buy outfits at least 6 weeks out, so you can return/exchange/order.

  • Be creative and include items that are sentimental to you! For example, if you're taking photos for your husband who happens to have played a high level sport - grab one of his jerseys or maybe he was in the military and he has a hat or jacket that you could include - please do!!

  • Bring elegant, simple jewelry; stud earrings work beautifully!

  • Don’t underestimate the sex appeal of a sweater, jacket, and blazer.

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