Things I do to prepare for a Photo shoot

When I first started She Went West I really didn't have an idea of how to prepare for a photo shoot. I knew I had to choose my outfits and accessories, but what else? With each shoot I developed and refined my routine. If you're not a blogger you're not likely in photo shoots every week or two. Nonetheless, there are tons of occasions when you need to get camera ready. I thought I would share with you what I do to prepare, starting a few nights before my shoot. 

-Exfoliate. This is key! Primarily because in step two we will be self-tanning ;). I generally exfoliate two days before my shoot. For my face I use the Dennis Gross exfoliating pads. They were recommended to me by Shani Darden and I love them. I use the regular strength but it also comes in extra strength. Personally, the regular exfoliates while still being gentle on the skin. For my body I use this St. Ives from the pharmacy. 

- Self Tanner. My favorite part. I start applying self-tanner on my face two nights before and apply it on my body the night before. I'm so picky with my self-tanners I feel like I could do a whole post on them alone. My current favorite face self-tanner is these Tarte wipes. They used to sell them in all the Sephora stores but now I can only find them online. For my body I've been using this Tan Ceuticals for about a year. I absolutely love the color but I will warn you that when you apply it there is no color (which is great for your clothes and sheets but can make it a bit tricky if you're new to self-tanning). 

- Dry Shampoo. This is my favorite trick for adding volume to your hair. For a photoshoot you need extra volume. I apply dry shampoo at the roots and work it in (even on clean hair). I'm telling you, it's the best trick ever. I use this Sachajuan dry shampoo.

- Setting Spray. This is essential, especially if you're shooting in LA. After the sixth outfit you're not exactly looking your prime (and your makeup has shifted). This happens in any photoshoot where you're trying to smile for over an hour straight. Setting spray is key. I've been using this Morphe one lately but also love this Urban Decay one. 

- Liquid Lipstick. Forget the lipgloss- it won't last. Use a liquid lipstick and then apply a gloss on top if you want the shine. My favorite liquid lipsticks right now are this Anastasia one, this Kylie Cosmetics one and this Tarte one. 

- Don't use deodorant. I know this is a super weird one but if you intend on changing into a few outfits (or 8 if you're like me and do it in the back of the car) then avoid getting deodorant stains on your clothes. It's just not worth it. 

Let me know if there are any tricks you guys use that I didn't mention xox

 Photography by Felicia Lasala

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