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Hair, Makeup And More For Your Family Photo Session | Connecticut Family Photographer

Do you have a photography session planned and need to know what to do with your hair and makeup?

Keep reading because I have some easy tips to help you prepare for your portraits.

I want to start by saying don’t over think it. You want to stay true to who you are and what you look like now. However, you do want to enhance your look to be camera ready. No that does not mean you have to turn into a celebrity and have everything done by a professional. Unless you want to of course!

Hair – for the ladies

1. Settle on the style you want in advanced. Be sure to keep your hair authentic to you.

2. Know your hair. This is key! Does your hair look best the day you wash and blow it out or does it look better the next day? Personally, for me, my hair is best styled the day of. I know when I have my family portraits taken, I need to wash and dry my hair that same day. Consider when your hair looks it’s best and go from there. Style the day of as desired.

3. Add hairspray and then brush it out. It helps to take the frizz out of your hair, while holding your curl and style in place.

4. If you color your hair, this is where you most likely will need to get it done professionally. Either way, be sure to schedule that appointment a few days before your photo session.

For more hair tips check out this article (there are also makeup tips here too).

Hair – for the men

1. Have your hair trimmed/cut a few days before your session. You don’t want to show up to your portrait session with red, bumpy skin.

2. Trim that facial hair! The use of beard and stash products are always a good idea. For the day of your session consider using a beard balm to style and condition your hair.

3. Don’t over use products such as gels, wax, putties, etc. You don’t want your hair to look stiff and greasy.

Make up

1. Use moisturizer! Use moisturizer! Use moisturizer

2. Use natural or matte finished products. Other products can leave you looking greasy and shiny in your photographs.

3. Go heavier in your makeup application than you normally do on a day to day basis. Makeup tends to look lighter in photographs.

4. Lashes, lashes, lashes. Let me say lashes one more time. If you can add false eyelashes do it! It makes such a difference.

For an easy, natural looking tutorial check this out this video.



1. Your nails should be filed and have a clear base coat on.

2. Make sure to moisturize your hands well. This goes a LONG way.

3. Don’t have time to get your nails done, but you want some color on your nails – try Color Street. It's an easy way to get some fun color and designs on your nails without having to wait at the nail salon.

I hope this helps you prepare for your family photo session and keeps you feeling relaxed and excited.

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