Take pictures! Preserving memories and passing down glimpses of your past is important! Even if you do not enjoy taking pictures, your great, great granddaughter will appreciate them!
It may be her only connection to you, so make it a strong, thoughtful, and amazing representation of you.
Photoshoots used to be reserved for select high profile celebrities but now, there’s opportunities for everyone to shine!
In preparing for a photoshoot, collect magazines for inspiration. Of course, you cant have a complete replica of what you see in the magazine but get your wheels turning on what location, themes, and styles best represent or depict the pictures you want.
The first step in the process is to find a photographer that you are comfortable with and one that will listen to YOU! The best option will always be referrals because you get a chance to see the photographer’s true work AND you get to ask questions about the experience.
The second step is finding the perfect clothing and accessories. Look for items with subtle details, bold colors, and classic style. You want to choose something that’s modern but not too trendy because pictures stand the test of time so what’s hot today may look silly in 5 years.
The next step would be to hire a make up artist. While everyday make up is ok, your phototoshoot should tell the most impressive and intense story about you! Dramatic make up does not have to be the focal point, but highlighting certain features and ensuring a more “polished” look is important.
Like your photographer, referrals are the safest way to ensure a quality make up artist too! Often times, photographers may even have partnerships with make-up artist they have worked with in the past so that you can see how their work coincides. If you have time, it’s a good idea to have a “practice run” with the make-up artist to ensure they can produce the look you want and that they have the supplies to accommodate you.
Hair, hair, hair! Having a stylist on hand is expensive! Choose hairstyles that can be easily adjusted or for an even less stressful situation, choose a versatile hairstyle like cascading curls, bone straight, or a bun that look good in any situation and with any outfits.
(Tip: Sometimes make up artist will monitor flyaways and misplaced strands of hair)
Being prepared weeks in advanced will save you money, time, headaches, and keep your nerves down as you try to assist the photographer and getting the most amazing pictures possible. Here are some additional tips in preparation for that day!
-Skip the fried, fatty, and sugary foods so that you will reduce bloating and possible breakouts.
-Pick at least 3 pieces in your wardrobe that can be interchangeable. You never know what might snap, tear, break or unravel during the photoshoot and the photographer is getting paid by the hour so you want to get the most of your time.
-Bring a friend to help calm your nerves, assist with wardrobe changes and give you suggestions on poses and prop ideas..