Portrait Prep - Photography By Amanda D'Agostino Budyach

General advice for making any portrait session pop!

Hair – A woman's hair always styles best about 2 weeks after getting a hair cut. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is always stunning.

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.

Red eyes –  Allergies, a poor nights sleep, a young baby, can all gives us that unfortunate tired look, but have no fear, Visine is your friend!

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 – Your smile is your signature, If you feel the need to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your shoot.

Breakouts – This is what Photoshop is for! You can help to reduce a break using a simple soap such as African Black Bar Soap for a weeks in advance of your shoot. Women, one tip of advice, don't over do the makeup. We can preform a little magic through the photography and editing.

Make-up – A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. 

Facial hair – Freshly shave trim up your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee, and eyebrows. 

Moisturizer – Dry skin is an unfortunate reality of life. Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts, a skirt or dress.

ProTip: For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use a sugar scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with about a quarter cup of olive oil, or just until it looks like wet sand. Scrub your face with it anywhere you have flaky skin, wash it off, then wash with soap to remove the oil. The sugar paste shouldn’t be oily, just wet enough to moisten the sugar. Also, be sure on your face to use only a facial moisturizer.

Nails – A fresh coat of nail polish will make for a special pop in your photo shoot. I suggest a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure and/or pedicure.

Bloating – Ladies, avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Feel your best.

Ironing – If your outfit requires ironing, we suggest you do so the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, simply bring it with you and change at the location.

Shoes – Ladies, can’t go wrong in heels or wedges. These types of shoes elongate the body and give a little extra confidence. Men, clean’em up! Dress shoes, boots and closed toe shoes always look best adding a little masculine touch.

Clothing - Dress to empress! When you look good, you feel good and you'll notice the difference in your photos. Coordinate but mix it up. We want everyone to be comfortable and show off their individual style. 

Bring Props - Personal items make a great touch to any portrait session. Varsity jackets, sports equipment, dance shoes, monogramed items, books, baby stuff, anything. 

For more ideas and suggestions, visit our Pinterest Portrait Inspiration Board