Summer Trouble – Behind the Lens with Slick Click Photo | Las Vegas Photography

Taking in some sun while showing off your favorite bikini is a big part of the Las Vegas summer for both locals and tourists. But what some women don’t realize is that tan lines, sunburns and self tanners are the boudoir session’s nightmare.

Every year I have a couple of clients (or more!) that fall into summer trouble. They do their research, book their session, prepare their wardrobe, get their mani/pedi and make the mistake of thinking they need to tan. So by the time they arrive for their session they have tan lines, orange skin from artificial tanners or a sunburn. The fact is, tanning is the worst thing you can do before a boudoir session because of the affects the sun and self tanners have on your skin. The sun can dry out your skin in ways that takes days or longer to recover from. Tanning beds and sunless tanners give your skin a bronzed tone that appears as more of an orange on camera. And if applying a self tanner yourself, it’s nearly impossible to avoid streaking or blotchy patches from uneven application.

The post production process is great for smoothing skin and removing blemishes but addressing odd skin tones and tan lines can have unflattering results. Here are some suggestions to help prepare your skin for your boudoir session.

  • Keeping your skin moisturized for your session is the most important thing. Be sure to apply lotion to your entire body every day for at least a week leading up to your session day.
  • You should always drink plenty of fluids but you should increase those fluids 3-5 days leading up to your session. Well hydrated skin has a healthy glow and photographs beautifully.
  • Avoid tanning beds, spray tans and tanning lotions.
  • Avoid experimenting with new products that may cause skin irritation.
  • Do not try waxing if you’ve never done it before and don’t know how your skin will react. If you do wax regularly, be sure to have it done at least 3 days in advance.
  • Shave the morning of your session.
  • Wear clear deodorant.
  • Get a mani/pedi to fix dry, cracked or irritated cuticles.
  • If you must tan before your session, please seek a professional who specializes in airbrush tanning and have it done at least 24 hours in advance. Or, you could always ask me to add a warm glow during post production.
  • AND if you are visiting Las Vegas and plan on spending some time by the pool, be sure to schedule your session for your first day in town so you can sit poolside worry free the rest of your trip.

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