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Photoshoot Prep Guide

You did it - you’re booked in for a beauty portrait session! Now you might be thinking, what did I get myself into? There’s a lot that goes into a portrait experience and it can seem overwhelming. Here’s a guide to help you when prepping for your shoot - you can leave the rest up to us!



For your session we do not recommend a spray tan if you haven’t had one done before as it will affect how your skin tone will photograph. You should also stay out of the sun to avoid any burns before your session! Retouching of streaks, tanlines and sunburns is not included in the retouching but available for an extra charge.

Makeup Artist


Having freshly trimmed and coloured hair and eyebrows done - if that’s your thing - will make you feel like a supermodel during your session!

Pretty Girl


If you normally do your nails, get a manicure and pedicure before you session (or DIY at home). Your hands and feet will show in many of your images and we don’t want chipped polish!


If makeup and/or hair is booked, arrive with a clean face and dry hair. It’s always helpful to do a light exfoliation on your face, even just with a washcloth. Let the makeup artist know if you have any sensitivities, and feel free to bring some inspiration photos for your makeup look.

Use clear deodorant & moisturize your body before your session.

DO NOT put on any type of sunscreen or makeup with sunscreen.

Don’t forget to eat something and drink lots of water the day before and remember that a good night’s sleep will ensure you are refreshed for your photoshoot.


Please arrive on time for your appointment; if you arrive too early, we may still be with another client. Late arrival will be deducted from your session time.

Hair and makeup will take approximately 1 hour so come prepared to be pampered for a while! Your session itself will take approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.

The deposit for your session is non-refundable and there is a $100 rescheduling fee; please allow a minimum of 3 days notice for rescheduling.

BW Photography Studio

532 Academy Street, McAdenville, NC 28101

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