Miller Photography’s Make up Tips for Photography Sessions
This article is primarily for the our High School Senior Girls but yes….sometimes guys need a bit of touch up too. You didn’t think Brad Pitt naturally looks that good in all his photo shoots did you?
For our High School Senior Photography, we have found that natural make up is best. Make up should accentuate your beauty, not cover up your natural look.
A professional make up artist will always make you look your best in photographs, BUT they have to understand the look you are after. Don’t be shy, tell them or better yet, SHOW them some pictures of how you normally do your make up. Finally a good use for all those Selfies ! 😉
When you book a senior session with Miller Photography, be sure to let us know if you need any referrals for make up artists and or hair stylists for your shoot.
From the photographers perspective, natural make up with gradual transitions and light accents will photograph best. Crazy skin colors and bad make up are some of the hardest things to correct. That is why we ALWAYS recommend avoiding tanning/tanning beds/chemical tanners or bronzers before a photo session. Photoshop is an amazing tool and it is MUCH easier to add a hint of warmth and color to a persons skin than to remove a sunburn or a crazy orange pumpkin color which often results from spray tans. Trust us on this one, you may think it looks great in person, but the camera will exaggerate sunburns and spray tan colors and as a result, you will be disappointed with your photographs. If you absolutely cannot avoid those things, please make sure to get your tan at least 7 + days before your photo session.
This would be a good time to add a special note for pageant girls, actors, actresses, or people who are used to makeup for stage. Stage make up is vastly different from photographic make up. Make up for stage is designed to be seen from the back of a theater in harsh lights and is way too heavy and extreme for photography. If you are unsure of what your makeup should look like, call Shelly at the studio 931-668-1969 for a consultation or a recommendation for a stylist.
Finally a note for guys. Yes, sometimes even the guys need a little help. Take a deep breath and don’t panic. Make up for guys typically involves a touch of powder to cut shine on warm days. It also helps tone down any blemishes which makes them easy to remove later in Photoshop. Powder only takes a second to apply, is practically invisible, and wipes off with a towel as soon as the shoot is over. No need to worry, nobody will ever know if Shelly or a stylist gives you a quick dusting during the shoot.
I hope these tips help our Seniors prepare for a great Senior Session with Miller Photography and don’t hesitate to call or message if you have any questions.
David and Shelly Miller