5 Tips for Photo Ready Make Up

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5 Tips for Photo Ready Make Up

One question I get asked often is how should I do my makeup for photos? While I always suggest you stay true to your everyday style, I know you want to put your best foot forward. Plus the camera can exaggerate areas in our skin. 

With that, I reached out to a friend, client and makeup expert, Jessica Smolinsky.

She often does videos on Facebook demonstrating how to use different types of makeup and brushes. (I have personally learned so much, like don't "pump" your mascara wand in and out because that can create bacteria!). Here are her 5 Tips for Photo Ready Make Up!

Prep-Prime-Conceal

Prep your skin by spritzing Rose Water all over your face to decrease any redness or irritation (it can even help brighten around those tired eyes us moms find ourselves stuck with so much of the time). Rose Water is wonderful because it works as a toner, evening out your natural skin tone.

Next, prime your skin so you have a smooth surface for all of your face products to go over top of. You prime your walls before you paint, right? Face primer has the same effect on your skin, and you will find that your makeup goes on much smoother (primer also prevents makeup from seeping into pores and fine lines).

  Primer Tip:   Let primer sit and dry for 2-3 minutes before applying foundation and concealer.

Primer Tip: Let primer sit and dry for 2-3 minutes before applying foundation and concealer.

The last thing you want to do to get your skin looking bright and photo-ready is to conceal. Use concealer in a v-shape under your eyes (no half-moons, ladies – as this actually highlights those bags.). If there are any other blemishes or imperfections in your skin that need concealing, cover away! 

 Distract and draw attention away from under eye circles by applying concealer in a V-shape.

Distract and draw attention away from under eye circles by applying concealer in a V-shape.

Perfect your skin with a good foundation

Foundations come in all forms: liquid, cream, and powder. For a full-coverage look, I like to use a mineral (and water-based) liquid foundation and top it off with some of my pressed powder foundation to mattify my skin and really seal it all in. A good foundation perfects in such a way that there’s really no need for photoshop! 

 For family photos, use a full coverage foundation and there's no need for photoshop!

For family photos, use a full coverage foundation and there's no need for photoshop!

Don't Forget About Your Brows

Our eye brows frame our face, and can make all the difference. Honestly, this tip would have seemed so silly to me a few years ago. Please believe that filling in your brows with a good pencil and/or palette (nothing that makes them look fake or drawn on) will liven up your entire face & make the rest of your beautiful features come out in photos!

 Fill in your brows to provide that extra pop in the framing of your face.

Fill in your brows to provide that extra pop in the framing of your face.

Don't Be Afraid of Color

When choosing your eye shadow, eye liner, and lip products, don’t be afraid to throw in a pop of color. The key to this is to use that pop of color in one spot! You can either play up your eyes or your lips. If you downplay your eyes, then go to town with a bold, vibrant lipstick. It's all about balance.

You want to use neutral or complimentary colors on your eyes. Using the color wheel, locate your eye color and go directly across to see what colors will compliment your eyes best.  

 To make your eyes pop, use the color wheel to find colors that compliment your eye color.

To make your eyes pop, use the color wheel to find colors that compliment your eye color.

Bonus Tip: Set for long lasting wear

Use a setting spray or powder (I am obsessed with this setting spray) to keep everything looking pretty and in place all day long. I kid you not, I’ve gone an entire day that included a high-intensity workout, and my makeup did not budge. By setting your makeup you can kiss on the kids, and get in on all the fun activities during your family photos without worry. The days of runny, smudgy makeup are gone, thanks to the power of good setting products.

 A setting spray holds makeup in place so you don't have to worry about runny, smudgy makeup.

A setting spray holds makeup in place so you don't have to worry about runny, smudgy makeup.

And now you're ready and can feel a little extra beautiful and confident as you love on your children during your family photo session. To show how using these tips helped Jessica look put together, not overdone, we did a few photos with her sweet little girl. 

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If you would like to learn more make up tips and tricks, I highly recommend following Jessica. She has helped me with how to use products, matching the right products to my skin tone and eye color, along with finding the right products for my needs. While you can use these tips with any brand of makeup, I love the products she uses, which can be found here*. (Please note that I in no way make anything from this post, yet I truly love and stand behind Jessica and these products. You will find them in my own makeup bag and what I would use for my own family photos).

Ready to book your family photo session? Contact me to chat about your family session.

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Family Photos By the River at Sunset | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Family Photos By the River at Sunset | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

As you scroll through the images below you may feel like you already know this family. I share photos of them often because I have photographed them for years. Their galleries are always full of images I just have to share and this year was no exception.

We met at one of my favorite locations by the Snoqualmie River and just had fun. There was lots of skipping rocks, a little dancing, jumping, playing with sticks. It felt nothing like you would expect family photos to feel. Which is exactly my goal for family photos, a laid back, fun adventure with the family where I can capture you being you together. 

I am so grateful for the families who come back year after year, having me capture them as their children grow. 

Does this look like something the kind of family photo session you want for your family? Click here to learn more about family sessions or contact me if you are ready to book your family session.

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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

You have your family session booked, the date is on the calendar. So now what? If you're anything like me you want to plan to make the most of the family session. Here are the 5 tips I give families with an upcoming family photo session.

Plan What to Wear in Advance

I know it can be easy to put outfits until the last minute, however, no one likes racing around to stores trying to find coordinating outfits, in all the right sizes the day before family photos. Instead, start thinking about the color palette and feel you want right away. Then you can check closets for pieces you already have for everyone and slowly start looking for what you need to fill the gaps. For more ideas on putting together what to wear, click here.

When you have booked a session with me, I not only can help you as much or as little as you'd like with picking out your wardrobe, but you'll receive a private link and password for Style and Select, an easy online styling service. In a nut shell, you complete a simple questionnaire, then select outfits options for everyone in your family based on your answers. The best part is that the results offered give you prices and where to buy for everything. I know you're busy, so I'm hoping this not only eases stress for planning for a family session, but simplifies the process for you!

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Explain to the Kids What Will Happen During Family Photos

Kids like to know what to expect. Chatting about the day and what will happen will help make them more comfortable. Explain that you're going to go explore a fun park (or river, or lake, depending on the location we've selected) together as a family. Tell them that I will be there with a camera, and a camera bag. Showing them my picture if they don't know who I am can help them get a better idea. You can even tell them I have four kids so I REALLY like kids!

If you're making it a fun event like having family photos and then all going for ice cream or hot chocolate or to a special playground, chat up the entire event. I suggest not bribing like saying, "You behave and you get a hot chocolate," but making it more about the fun family adventure you're going to go on together from family photos to special treat afterwards.

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Mama, Pamper Yourself

When you feel special and beautiful, it shows on camera. I'm not saying this has to be anything big, get a pedicure, a massage, or even just a new lipgloss. Sometimes taking a moment for ourselves helps you recharge and forget about the stress of wanting everything perfect for picture day. 

If you really want to treat yourself well, consider a spray tan. Did your brain just start counting "Mississippisously" like Ross in Friends? I know. That's what I first thought when an old friend and co-worker, Amanda, told me she was starting her own spray tan business called Endless Summer Spray Tan. But then I learned more, like how the products she uses are vegan, and free of parabens and added preservatives. Amanda also comes to you, matches your skin tone. Gone are the days of orange, splotchy spray tans. Now I'm all about keeping it natural and being true to who you are, but I also know my legs right now are ghostly white - not photo ready at all! A little warm glow may be just the pampering you need to feel like the beautiful and confident mama you are. Wanting to try out a Spray Tan? Mention my name when booking with Endless Summer Spray Tan to save $15! 

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Pack the Snacks and Feed the Kids

Even if you're going out to dinner, it is a good idea to feed the kids something before your session. Hungry kids can't think about anything besides being hungry. Full tummies make for more fun. You can also pack snacks to eat on the way or during the session. While sessions typically only last about an hour, I know that all that playing together can feel like hard work. I just suggest a "clean" snack that doesn't leave messes on face/clothing or turn mouths colors - unless you want that captured in your photos!

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Show up Relaxed, Ready to Love on Your Family....No Matter What.

Your job is to just show up relaxed, take a breath and love on that beautiful family of yours. Drop all expectations of perfection and let me photograph the connections and love in your family. Remember, we aren't after that perfect shot, but a collection of images that show who you are right now. Rest easing knowing that I have seen everything from the shy kid to the wild ones, and everything in between and always capture images that are true to those children, true to your family. 

One mom told me, "My husband said, 'We were such a tranwreck but somehow Neyssa made it look like we were pulled together and getting along!'  I told him that is why you’re the professional!" 

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Feeling prepared but haven't booked your photo session yet? Don't worry, I can help with that. Contact me and let's get your session on the calendar. 

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What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session | Issaquah Fresh 48 Photographer

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What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session | Issaquah Fresh 48 Photographer

What is a Fresh 48 Newborn Session?

A Fresh 48 Newborn Session is a photo session that takes place shortly after baby is born, while you are still in the hospital. 

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But doesn't my hospital have a photographer?

It is true that many hospitals have a photographer that comes to the hospital each day. However, these photographers are rarely professionals, and they are coming on their schedule. I speak from experience when I say the experience with the hospital photographer left me feeling they were rushed. When you book a Fresh 48 session with me, we discuss when is best for me to come, whether that's to be there as siblings meet for the first time, or after you've had a meal. There are no surprises when I will show up. You not only will have a better overall experience but the photos will be higher quality and more meaningful to your family.

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What does a Fresh 48 Session capture?

There is nothing quite like those first hours with a new baby. You will be amazed how quickly your baby changes those first weeks. A Fresh 48 Session captures your brand new baby and all of those tiny details found in the hospital. The hospital bands around his tiny ankles, those hospital swaddles, the clear bassinet, and of course, your intense love for this little being you just brought into this world. 

Fresh 48 sessions are also the perfect time to capture siblings meeting for the very first time. Having me present to photograph the first meeting means you can enjoy this time together as a family, soaking up your new little one.

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Why would I want photos hours after giving birth?

Birth is an amazing process no matter how it happens. However, it can really take it's toll on us. You may be exhausted, uncomfortable, trying to figure out nursing, and even still sporting IVs. Yet you also couldn't be more radiant as you snuggle your sweet new babe. Trust me, plenty of pictures will be taken. 

When my first son was born my dad, an excited new grandpa, took plenty of photos with his iPad. Though he had the best of intentions, they were either out of focus, blurry, or made me look awful. And as you know, iPad photo quality isn't great in itself. I had also been so weak and pale that I hardly took any photos myself those first days. I wish I had more photos from those first days. 

When you have a Fresh 48 session you can not only rest easy knowing your family will be well documented, but rest assured knowing I will be using light and angles to highlight your love for your child and not those less beautiful postpartum aspects. 

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What if my baby is in the NICU?

Should your baby need to spend time in the NICU we can still document that part of his story. The session may look a little different, and it may take a little longer, however, I promise you won't regret having photos of that time. I had one client even tell me that she did not plan on a NICU stay, but is so glad that we went ahead with her baby boy's session. Years later and she can look back on how far he has come now. 

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How long is a Fresh 48 Session?

A Fresh 48 session lasts about 30 minutes. The goal of the Fresh 48 session is to photograph your sweet babe and all his details allowing you time to get back to resting. Of course, should we need to pause for a nurse check up, or any interruptions like that, we are able to do so without leaving you feeling rushed.

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What if I want my other kids included in our session?

We can not only have your kids present at your session, but we can plan it so that I arrive before your children. I can document the first time they see their siblings, the first time they hold baby, and your first family plus one photo. You can sit back and take in the moment, leaving the documenting all to me.

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What Should I Bring to My Fresh 48 Session?

You do not have to bring anything to your Fresh 48 session. However, you can. Often I will suggest moms pack a neutral nursing tank (black, grey, white) and loose sweater, and leggings in their hospital bag. Of course, you're more than welcome to wear the hospital gown, yet a fresh change of clothes helps you feel refreshed and picture ready. 

In the end, a Fresh 48 session is about documenting that fleeting time in the hospital as you are enjoying the first hours with your newest family member. This session allows you to relax while having a professional worry about capturing all of those special details.

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When do I book my Fresh 48 Session?

You can book your session anytime during your pregnancy. Typically the end of the second trimester to early third trimester is the best time. Do to the nature of the session I am only able to accept a few per month to ensure I am available when baby comes. Of course, if you are reading this and in labor, contact me and I will do all I can to come for a Fresh 48 session.

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If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out, or leave a comment below.

 

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