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Plan your session week by week.  SKIN | HAIR | NAILS Your timeline to the perfect shoot!






Make Appointments.  When booking your salon and spa appointments, be sure to follow the timeline on this card.  Many treatments are time-sensitive, (example:  waxing your brows shouldn’t be booked too close to your shoot to avoid redness).


Drink More Water.  We all know water is important, yet we still forget to drink enough.  Start now.


Avoid the Sun.  Sunburns and tan lines are portrait ruiners.  Use sunscreen and stay in the shade 2 weeks prior to your shoot.  *It is $125 per image to retouch tan lines


Don’t Pick (or Bite).  Especially your skin, lips, and nails.


Go Through your Closet.  This is the perfect chance to wear that favorite dress that you never get to wear. Send me snapshots VIA fb of anything you consider bringing to your shoot.




Start Stretching.  Try to stretch for 20 minutes each day before your shoot.  Especially your neck, back, and hips.


Begin a Skincare Regimen.  Wash your face nightly, exfoliate your face, lips, and body every other day, use moisturizer on your full body every day, and wear lip balm constantly.  If you need help I am happy to point you in the right direction to find a perfect routine for you.  Please make sure you pay attention to your LIPS so the are nice and soft for the shoot.


Visit the Dentist.  Get a standard cleaning and consider whitening your teeth.  This is an investment, so make sure your teeth look their best.


STOP fake TANNING.  If you usually spay tan or use self tanner take a hiatus now until after your shoot.  If you arrive with a spray tan or self tanner you will forfeit your shoot.



Gather and Organize Your Packing List.  Complete the Wardrobe Prep Checklist on the

“How to Prepare” panel of the Style Guide.


Wax Eyebrows and Upper Lip.  Get your brows waxed or threaded by a pro.  Try to stay close to your natural shape, and don’t go too thin.  Have your upper lip waxed as well.


Wax Body Hair.  Wax the hair on your legs and underarms.  Depending on how revealing your outfit choices are, you may also need to wax your bikini area.  If you shave, shave the morning of your shoot.


Cut Back on Caffeine and Salt.  Both are dehydrating and cause your body to retain water.


Get a Trim.  Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant.  If it’s been a while since your last cut, go for a subtle trim.




Final Call for Wardrobe Questions.  Send me photos of any branding or wardrobe selections you’re bringing from home if you haven’t already.


Touch Up Your Roots.  If you color your hair, touching up your regrowth three days before your photoshoot is ideal.  Keep in mind that this is not the time for drastic changes.


Deep Condition.  Your salon can do a conditioning treatment, or you can use your favorite deep conditioner at home.


Eye Lashes.  If you wear lash extensions be sure to have them fresh a couple of days before your shoot.  I usually suggest not using lash extensions if you want to wear eyeshadow and instead opt for a lash lift and tint just a couple of days before your shoot.


Keep Stretching.  And drinking water.  And moisturizing.





Get a Manicure.  PLAIN natural nails. NO gel, NO acrylic, NO Polish.


Buy Groceries.  Plan a healthy shoot day breakfast.  I provide light snacks such as granola bars, crackers, cookies, and trail mix along with soft drinks, coffee, tea, and water.


Clean Your Wedding Ring.  For a fast and easy DIY option, try using a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your bling.


Wash Your Hair.  Fully rough blow dry your hair the night before your shoot.  Do not use any products such as serums, leave-in conditioners, etc in your hair.   Before bed, pull your hair up into a loose top-knot for volume.


Very Short Hair?  Wait to shampoo your hair until the morning.


Tweeze Eyebrows.  Double check for any strays.





Your focus this morning should be caring for yourself. Breathe. 

Remember, you are beautiful and I will capture that for you.


  • Get your Sleep.  Be sure to get all eight hours.

  • Eat Breakfast.  Think portion and complex carbs.

  • Bare Face.  Wash, exfoliate and remove all products

  • Moisturized Body.  Apply some serious lotion or oil

  • Clean, Dry Hair.  (NO Product!  Rough Blow Dry)

  • Arrive on Time.  Plan to arrive a few minutes early.

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