I love photographing athletes of all kinds. Finding ways to show their beauty, physical fitness, and individuality is what excites me about working with the gorgeous women and girls who come to my studio. Whether you’re a dancer, a yogi, a swimmer, or a personal trainer, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of our session and help me create photos you will be proud of. Here are five tips to help you prepare for your shoot.
1. Spend some time on Pinterest to get an idea of what you want from your photos. Are you attracted to gritty black and white? High fashion? Theatrical? Clean lines? Bright colors? We can achieve all those looks, but we both need to be prepared. Send me screen shots of those ideas at least a week in advance so I can create a strategy. I’ll let you know if I have the equipment and backdrops needed to create your dream photos, and if not, we’ll figure out how to make it happen.
2. Get a spray tan. If you’re ultra pale like me, it will be very hard to show muscle definition. Think about the intensely tanned and oiled look of bodybuilders in competition. They do that so the judges can see the highlights and shadows of their muscles, which is exactly what I’m trying to bring out in your photos. Don’t go all oily He-Man level tan, but a little touch of color will help define that muscle tone.
3. Get your nails done. They don’t need to be bright or long or fancy. They don’t even need to be painted, but if they are, they need to be freshly painted, with no chips. (No, I can’t touch them up in Photoshop). Neutral fleshy tones will make your digits look longer (like wearing a nude shoe), and bolder shades will stand out and give a hint at your personality.
4. If you color your hair, get it freshened up a few days before the shoot. Play around with some different styles. If you want it off your face, think about ways to keep it in place while you’re dancing, jumping, or standing on your head.
5. And this one is for the moms of daughters being photographed: Come wearing an outfit you love, with your hair and makeup done. The shoot may be all about her, but if you’re prepared to jump in some shots, we can get a few mother daughter pics at no extra charge. It will only take a few minutes, and I guarantee you’ll be happy to have photos of yourself together!
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