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Adding hair & makeup styling

Hiring a professional hair and makeup artist for the shoot can enhance the client experience and help eliminate more Photoshop retouching.

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When a pro stylist makes over your client, it will not only amp up the look of your images, it will also save you time retouching blemishes, under eye circles and uneven skin tones. They can create oh-so-sexy Victoria’s Secret hair, or a perfectly placed coif if that’s the look you (or your client) are going for. Whatever look you envision, a pro stylist will be able to help you achieve it.

Besides spending time making your client look fabulous they will make them feel pampered and extra beautiful too. What a bonus to get your client in the mood for her sexy session!

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Take a before & after shot

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If you hire a stylist or the client has a stylist hired for the shoot, be sure to take photos of the client before and after to use for your portfolio (if they give you permission to use the images). This is a good way to show potential clients how glamorous the shoot can be, and the difference between them doing their own styling compared to having a professional do it for them. Before and after photos are a great way to show the clients transition from everyday ordinary to super sexy.

The above before and after is a tad unfair since the client has no makeup on. If you do a pre-consultation with clients that may be the best time for a “before photo” since they will have their normal makeup done. If you do not meet prior you could always ask them to send you a photo.

Have a conversation with your stylist so you are on the same page and to find out how they want the client to come to the shoot. They may prefer the client to come to the session with clean dry hair so they may get started right away. Some stylists prefer “second-day” hair. My stylist asks that the client moisturizes their face and to have any facial grooming done prior to the shoot such as eyebrow waxing or facial waxing. Every stylist has her own preferences. Kf you plan to work with them on a regular basis then knowing theirs will help your clients even more.

-Critsey Rowe


Critsey Rowe

International boudoir photographer Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir® is the best selling the author of "Boudoir Photography- The Complete Guide To Shooting Intimate Portraits". Critsey has been a guest speaker on The Wedding Planning Audiocast, Convention speaker DWF at Imaging USA, Convention speaker WPPI's Road Trip, speaker Pictage Users Group and featured on Mimika TV and many other online resources.

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