Become Photogenic – Chapter 2

Its happened to all of us – well a lot of us.  Okay…maybe it just happened to me and a few friends but regardless it is good advice!  It was my junior prom.  I had this beautiful sequined blue and gold dress (don’t ask it was in the early 90’s) and I wanted my makeup to just be stunning along with my hair.  I took myself to a well-known make-up distributor (of which I will not name) and had their “free makeover” done with the purchase of a lipstick.  I was sooo excited.  She asked the color of my dress, looked at my strawberry blonde hair and fair complexion and went to work.  I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror – and then I saw it.  Bright blue eye shadow accented with blue eye liner.  Bright pink lips and blush that looked like a clown had kissed me on both cheeks.  I almost cried right there in the store!  Now lucky for me…my prom wasn’t until a few nights from then – but if it hadn’t been, I would have walked in with a bag on my head!

The same could and does happen when you are about to get “those” pictures done.  Whatever they are.  You want to look GREAT and you think that someone else is the only one that can do that for you.  You may be right – but you need to know that they are the “someone else” that you really want!  If you want to have professional make-up done for your session then do it!  It is so much fun and you feel like a movie star – but before you let them re-design your face – do a trial run before the shoot!  Many photographers have make-up artists and stylists available – but it doesn’t mean they are good ones.  Make sure you see some samples of their work on other people.  If that isn’t available…then you really need to do a pre-shoot session!

Looking at your skin you notice it just isn’t “bright” enough, or there are too many crows feet.  You decide to use this great new product the night before your shoot to ensure that your skin looks fabulous!  The next morning, you wake up, wipe the sleep out of your eyes only to realize that your face now looks like one big zit!  To avoid this – don’t use anything brand new that you have never tried before right before your photo shoot.  That goes for skin products, hair products, self tanning products, etc.  Start at least a week or two before – besides it usually takes that long for a product to really start working for you.  Oh and be sure you have actually tried on the new clothes and shoes you bought…none of us like surprises there.

Well – this ends this Chapter of “Become Photogenic”…stay tuned for what not to wear and how a photographer reads your mind…




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