Last week, I took a little field trip to one of my favorite local salons and to visit with my stylist, Ashlee, who's been taking care of me and my family for years! I knew she'd be a great resource to help me better inform my clients about what to do with their hair and makeup prior to a portrait session. And she didn't disappoint...I've got LOTS of tips and suggestions for you!
Let's start with the men and the boys, shall we? Ashlee suggests that they get their hair cut one week prior to their portrait session. That way, the cut will be fresh but will have had a chance to grow out just a touch.
For the ladies, stay away from trying a new haircut right before a portrait session. Get a trim, touch up your color, but stay away from something completely new until after your session.
Also for the ladies, go a little heavier on your makeup on session day. You can still keep the same look that makes you comfortable, just go a bit heavier than you would on a normal day. That little bit of extra makeup will help your look photograph a bit better and will show dimension more clearly. Another tip, if you plan on curling your hair, make the curls a bit tighter than normal, as the curls will relax throughout the portrait session.
For children, maybe consider a little blush or bronzer on portrait day. Not because they aren't perfect enough on their own, but because the added color will allow the children to photograph a bit more accurately to how they appear in real life. Blush and bronzer will keep their faces from looking "flat" in the photographs. This will probably be more easily accomplished with girls than with boys, but we take what we can get!
For senior portrait sessions for the ladies, Ashlee feels that hair and makeup is a must! You spend so much time choosing the perfect outfits, make sure that your hair and makeup looks just as great! (Plus, it's fun....) A talented hair and makeup artist can give you a makeup look that will still have you looking like yourself, just dialed up a bit, leaving you photo ready. Another great suggestion is that whatever lipstick your makeup artist uses, buy it. You'll want it for touch ups throughout your session. Avoid waxing for 2 days prior to having your photos taken...we don't want the added redness!
So, Ashlee's 5 suggestions for products you'll want to have on hand for your next portrait session, (all of which are available at Coco Bongo!)
- Body Drench Quick Tan for a little golden look, especially during the months when we may have less color.
- ColorProof Humidity RX to keep frizz under control.
- Benniefactor B Confident hairspray. This layering hairspray will keep your look fresh without weighing it down.
- Brazilian Blowout Dry Oil to keep your curls nice and smooth!
- Brazilian Blowout Ionic Bonding Spray will keep your hair nice and smooth and keep frizz away.
Want to know Ashlee's number one tip for ladies, whether it's a family session, a wedding, or a senior session??
Whether you go to a professional or buy a package from the drugstore, false eyelashes will go a long way in making your eyes appear bigger and bolder. It's the number one thing you can do to really make your eyes pop in your portraits!
So there you go, tips from a professional to help you be camera ready for your next portrait session. If you're a Carrie Harris Photography client and you think you'd like hair and makeup prior to your next portrait session, we can absolutely make that happen! Just check with me for details!