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10 Tips to Prep for Your Dance Studio Portraits

How To Prepare For Your Dance Studio Portraits

If you want to get the most out of your dance studio portraits, it's important to be prepared going in. Here are 10 tips to make sure you look and feel your best for your upcoming session!


1) Get your beauty sleep Want to look your best? Be sure to get a great night's rest before your session. Your eyes will be less puffy and your complexion will have a healthier glow, among other things. You'll also feel amazing and be ready to rock your session! 2) Pack your bags Gather and prep your wardrobe at least a day before your session. This will allow you time to grab anything you may have forgotten and you'll be so much more relaxed on the day of your actual session! 3) Skin prep Healthy skin photographs well! I recommend using a moisturizer anywhere that bare skin will be showing. It's also helpful to stay hydrated before your session. This can help prevent flaky lips! 4) Nails It's all in the details. For flawless photographs, make sure your nails are either freshly polished, or polish-free and well manicured. If bare feet will be showing, don't forget about your toes! This is a small detail that will really make a difference. 5) How's the fit? Double check the fit of your wardrobe. If you plan on dancing during your session, you'll want to make sure that you are able to freely move in your wardrobe without any costume malfunctions.


It also makes a HUGE difference when your wardrobe is ironed or steamed before your session. Try to bring your wardrobe on hangers instead of stuffing it all in a bag. If your studio is responsible for storing your costumes, you don't have to worry about this at all! 6) Practice your poses! It's always a good idea to come with 2-3 ideas for posing. I can help you refine your poses to make you look your best and if you can't think of any ideas, we'll work together to find something that works for you! 7) Warm up! You wouldn't go into a class and throw skills without warming up, and this is no different! Please complete a full warm up before your scheduled portrait session to ensure that you can hit your best lines and to reduce the risk of injury.

8) Hair and makeup matter! The right hair and makeup can make or break a photograph. Please remember that traditional stage makeup is quite a bit heavier than is necessary for most portraits.


Check out these 10 tips for photo-ready makeup! 9) Leave room for "oops" Getting a new hair cut or color? Spray tan? Waiting on a wardrobe piece that you're not sure about? The point is, leave time for the "oops" moments. They happen, so try your best to not to leave things until the last minute and give yourself time to recover if things don't go according to plan. 10) Get hyped! Photo sessions are SO. MUCH. FUN. So get excited and get ready to have an amazing time! If you have any questions or concerns at all, don't be afraid to reach out to your photographer!


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