Want to photograph well? Here are some tips and tricks!

Look your best for your session, (and every day) with these simple tips and tricks!

Hydrate – in the weeks before your session, be sure to drink plenty of water. If you’re feeling thirsty you are already in the early stages of dehydration, which is not healthy and it can also leave visible signs like dry, dull skin. It can also leave you feeling sluggish. So be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If this seems like a drag, flavor a water bottle or pitcher with slices of lemon, cucumber and mint leaves, or strawberries. This makes a fresh pick-me-up that you can enjoy any time of day.

Rest – In today’s busy lifestyle, it’s hard to get a full eight hours of sleep. Whether you
are a busy bride-to-be, senior, mother or mother-to-be, there’s always one more thing you
would like to squeeze in before you go to bed. But fatigue is not good for us emotionally or
physically. It can lead to stress and a variety of health problems. To ensure that you get the
proper amount of sleep each night, set an alarm on your phone for a half hour before you want to go to bed. Create a little pre-bed ritual that you enjoy so you will want to wind down and get to bed on time. Whether it’s a beauty routine, a few minutes of reading or meditation, listening to your favorite band or a quiet walk, find a way to end your day peacefully and then climb into bed for a full eight hours of rest. This will not only help you feel more energized, but you will find that you look much more alert and revitalized.

Moisturize – Your skin loses moisture easily. In the winter the air is dryer and in the summer you can lose it through sweating and spending time in the water. Be sure to moisturize after you shower, and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more to keep your skin looking and feeling soft, firm and healthy. This might not seem important, but it can give you a nice glow for your session, and every day.

Smile from Within – We have all seen pictures where the subject is “wearing” a smile. These fake smiles don’t look right, and they can ruin an otherwise beautiful image. During your session, and every day, when you are posing for a picture, try to think of something that truly brings you joy and your smile will really shine. This creates a more natural, beautiful look that will flatter your face and create a relaxed, happy vibe.

By incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine, you can look your best for your portrait session, and every day!


About lisafrancescon

Lisa is a portrait artist who uses photography as part of a process to capture the personality of animals and the special relationship they have with their owners. Based out of Moline Illnois, she travels throughout the Midwest providing timeless images of family pets. Her fine art portraits can be viewed at various pet businesses throughout the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and taught in the public schools for many years. She continues to teach photography classes in her studio covering a wide range of topics. Her class sizes are small so she can offer her students a hands-on experience and individual attention. Lisa is a Certified Professional Photographer and has been awarded the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees through the Professional Photographers of America. She is a member of the American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious photographic associations in the world and an association that must be invited into through photographic achievement. Among her many awards and accolades, Lisa has been recognized as one of the top 10 photographers in Illinois in both 2015 and 2016 from the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois.
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