Everyone wants to look their best on camera, and the days leading up to a boudoir photo shoot can be stressful. There are so many hair and beauty treatments available you may be tempted to give yourself a full body makeover.

But don’t do anything drastic! There are a few simple steps you can take that make a big impact on your shoot without making a big impact on your daily life. Check out our guide to easy, effective photo shoot prep and get ready for your closeup.

The Month Before Your Photo Shoot

Plan what you can in advance to seriously cut down on stress as your big day gets closer. Most of these steps — like choosing your outfits — are meant to be fun, so if you find yourself getting overwhelmed with all the choices, be sure to give your photographer a call for some expert guidance. 

  • Do your research! Start collecting inspirational images that reflect the look and feel you want to go for with your shoot. Try to share them with your photographer and make any other requests you have for special hair styles, makeup, props or backdrops at least a few weeks in advance. 
  • Organize your wardrobe! Purchase any new lingerie or clothing items you’ll be wearing early on so you can try them on and adjust if needed. If you’re planning on wearing outfits you already own, try those on too to make sure there are no rips, tears or stains you didn’t know about. 
  • Prep your jewelry! Any jewelry you’re considering wearing for the shoot should be cleaned foir maximum sparkle, either by you or by a professional.
  • Don’t forget your shoes! Take a look at those pumps and booties and make sure they’re in good condition, without too much wear and tear.  
  • Get your hair cut! Haircuts typically look better after they grow out just a bit. so if you need to trim some split ends or refresh your layers, schedule an appointment with your stylist two weeks before your shoot. 

The Week Before Your Photo Shoot

The week before your shoot is the perfect time to prep hair and skin for professional styling. No need for a complete beauty overhaul — Just a few extra steps added to your usual self care routine will go a long way. 

  • Get a manicure! A few days before the shoot, take a look at your hands to see if you need a fresh look. Neutral manicures or natural tones with a touch of glitter look great with almost any outfit, but a flash of bold color can work too.
  • Exfoliate! If you don’t regularly exfoliate, use an exfoliating scrub or brush on your face and body early in the week to get rid of dry skin and rough patches. Be gentle, and give yourself a couple of days between exfoliating and the shoot to make sure your skin won’t look red or puffy.
  • Stay hydrated! Keep your skin moisturized with your favorite cream or serum in the week leading into your shoot. You should also be drinking plenty of water.
  • Get your hair colored! Need a root touch up? Unlike cuts, color typically looks best right after your visit to the salon. Schedule your color appointment up to a week before your shoot date for the best results.
  • Shave or wax! If you plan to shave or wax before a shoot, give your body time to heal from any nicks or irritation. You’ll need a few days for wax, and day for shaving.
  • Get some sleep! Try to relax and stay well rested. You’ll get a natural, healthy glow. 

The Day Of Your Photo Shoot

It’s finally here! Most of the hard work is done, and it’s time for the fun stuff. But, there a a few things to remember to do before leaving the house and heading to the studio. 

  • Get clean! Clean your face and hair early in the day. When you shower, make sure the water isn’t so hot that it’ll dry out your skin.
  • Go makeup free! If you’e a makeup girl, you may feel naked without a little chapstick or concealer, but try to avoid using any products on your face. Keep your skin au natural and give your makeup artist a blank canvas to work with. Same thing goes for your hair — stay away from hairspray or styling products. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing! Pick an outfit that you can easily remove without messing up your finished hair and makeup, and that isn’t so tight it will leave marks on your skin.
  • Eat something! You don’t need to load up on a 7 piece breakfast, but having some light, healthy food in your stomach means you won’t lose your energy throughout the day. 

That’s the basics of photo shoot prep! Follow these simple steps and you’ll feel comfortable and confident, and the work of your hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer will really shine. 

Once you get to the studio, we’ll take it from there.

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