1. Do Drink Plenty of Fluids
Three words: Water. Water. Water. And make sure to avoid alcohol and salt, as these will turn your lovely skin to the texture of potato chips, which just isn't pretty.
2. Skip the workout
Avoid any strenuous exercise 24 hours prior to your session to avoid stress and bloating in the face or risk injury.
3. Get your groom on
Exfoliate (particularly knees, elbows and heels of the feet) 24 hrs prior, polish hands and toes the day before, shave/ wax 48 hours prior to the session.
4. Don't Fake Tan
No sprays, no gels, no lotions. If you want a natural sun-kissed glow, and if you're lucky enough to live in or near the coast, head to the beach, get it the right way (but don't forget to wear sunscreen, SPF 15 or more, and watch out for those ghastly tan lines!), or, even better, book some sessions in a professional salon that has tanning beds, and do it in the nude (no unsightly lines this way). The last thing you want is to a) look like a sexy pumpkin or b) pay more than you have to in retouching fees.
5. Let's talk hair
Come to the studio with dry hair. If you have caucasian texture, wash. your hair 48-24 hrs prior to session. If you have natural texture, it's recommended to get with your stylist a few days before to get the exact style you'd like. The more you move around during your shoot, the bigger your hair will get, so be sure to have a few products with you to tame frizz. If you're a woman of color and would like a different style such as braids, wigs, etc, please have your favorite professional install them ahead of time. At-home extensions are NOT recommended for any hair type. Professionally installed extensions are acceptable.
6. The night before
Get a good night’s sleep, avoid alcohol and foods high in sodium and avoid any new products that could potentially cause a reaction. I know it's hard to get sleep when you're so nervous but try!
7. The morning of
EEEEk. It's happening! You're nervous/ excited. That's normal! Try to eat a decent breakfast, you'll be with us until about 2:00 pm. Arrive with a clean face - only light moisturizer. Wear loose fitting clothing to the studio and bring a change of clothes for your ride home.
8. What to bring
Bring all of the things! Extras are better than not enough. Shoes break, stockings rip, bras snap. Having backups can be a life saver. Be sure to TRY ON YOUR ITEMS prior to the session. We will select what articles you feel the best in and the fit and flatter your body the most.
Don't forget jewelry, earrings, necklaces, heels, robes or any other props you'd like.