Your skin

The single most important thing you can do to make sure you look good for the photos is to look after your skin. Simple things you can do to make sure you skin looks its best is:

  • Drink plenty of water – helps stop blocked pores, pimples etc.
  • Eat well – avoid excess sodium, fats, etc
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Don’t smoke – smoking affects blood flow to the skin, making your skin look dull and lifeless.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol
  • Avoid sun damage: wear sunscreen
  • Exfoliate

For a shoot that’s going to involve showing a lot of skin (e.g. nude/implied nude, lingerie/swimsuit) then wear loose fitting clothes on the day of the shoot, and avoid wearing underwear: this will help avoid red marks on the skin.

Personal Grooming

Make sure your nails, both finger and toes, are neat, trimmed and free from chips. Great nails can make or break a shot. Prior to the shoot, consider getting a manicure and pedicure, and a get a clear polish or French tips.

If you have a lot of body hair, then you’ll need to remove it. Even if you have light coloured hair, it’ll glow when the studio lights shine on it. If you suffer from facial hair/peach fuzz, it’s also important to remove that too for the same reasons, as well as that the makeup will cake on it too.

Illness/Misadventure

We all know that from time to time that unexpected issues arise: you get sick, kids get sick, family emergencies, car problems etc.  When these things happen, it’s important that you let us know as soon as practically possible.

It’s also important to let us know if there’s a genuine possibility that you might not be able to do the shoot: eg. a few days before the shoot you wake up with conjunctivitis. If you let us know beforehand, we can come up with a plan in case you’re unable to shoot on the day. The sooner you let us know, the better prepared we will be.