How exciting! You’ve booked your Fall Mini Session! Let’s get started on the preparation for your investment and memories that you’ll have for a lifetime.
First and foremost: This is a fun and memorable event… do not stress. That is the most important piece of advice I can give you.
Following are some general tips and advice for your mini shoot. Being on time is of the utmost importance. Mini shoots always sell out. If you are late, you will not push all the other shoots up to a different time frame, you will lose the time you’ve paid for. So plan accordingly.
- Hair – If you’re getting a hair cut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
- Hair accessories – If you’re shooting 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.
- Glasses – If folks wouldn’t recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses 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 pair of similar frames, or you can also visit an inexpensive company online like Zenni Optical and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.
- 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.
- Teeth – Don’t waste your money or time trying to brighten your smile for your shoot. I can do that with Photoshop. Brighten them all you want for everyday, but don’t add it to your list of things to do before your shoot. I’ve got it.
- Breakouts – Don’t sweat this one either – blemishes, cuts, scratches, bruises are all easily fixed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Undergarments – Bra straps won’t do anything to help your outfit look its best. Please be sure they’re “under” garments.
- Shoes – Ladies, you can’t go wrong in wedges. Men, clean’em up! Dress shoes are best, please try to avoid sneakers unless you’re under 18.