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When having your portrait taken, there are five areas where a little preparation can make a huge difference. Neglect them, and an otherwise perfect photo could end up with distracting elements which take the focus away from where it should be. These five areas are the face, hair, hands, skin, and clothes.

The week before your shoot, or sooner, is a time for planning. Decide on outfits, choose which beautification steps you will take, and schedule the appointments. Here’s your beauty checklist to get you ready for your photoshoot:

Great smile

1.Face

Whiten Teeth. Quickly boost your smile by getting a whitening treatment. At Veranda Sun, we can provide you with this service in an appointment to remove stains, leaving you with a brighter smile in less than an hour.

Don’t Pick. A pimple is very easy to cover with makeup, but scabs, wounds, and flaky patches are more tricky. As soon as possible, stop picking at your skin.

Exfoliate. A nice grainy scrub on your face and body will ensure you have smooth skin before your shoot.

Get a Facial. If you’re going to go all out into pampering mode, be sure to do your facial at least a week before your shoot. Since facials tend to cause redness, a week usually allows enough time to heal.

2. Hair

Touch Up Your Roots. If you dye your hair, touching up your regrowth three days before your photoshoot is ideal.

Get a Trim. Neat, healthy hair is youthful and vibrant. If it’s been a while since your last haircut, even a subtle trim can make a world of difference.

3. Hands

Get a Manicure. Go for neatly shaped and choose soft, neutral colors so that it doesn’t distract or clash from your looks.

4. Skin

Wax or Shave. If you go the waxing route, give yourself a few days to heal before your shoot. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your legs and underarms, and if you’ll be wearing a swimsuit or lingerie, go for the bikini area as well.

Spray Tan. If you want to enhance your glow, get a spray tan a couple of days before your shoot. We recommend you get this done a few days in advance to allow your tan to fully develop and allow any splotchy areas to even out.

5. Clothes

Bring 5-6 outfits. Your portraits should be a reflection of you, just more polished. Choose outfits you love. Think of those special pieces you might not wear often because they’re impractical for day-to-day use or the go-to blouse you always wear when you’re going somewhere nice.

Remember, these tips are here to help you think of ideas for preparing for your shoot but are definitely not required. Just choose what fits your budget, lifestyle, and current beauty regimen, and go from there!