Getting Your Skin Ready for Your Photo Shoot

This week I have a wonderful guest blog from fellow photographer and make-up artist Simona Janek. If you’re preparing for your upcoming photo session here are her top 4 tips on how to get your skin in tip-top shape:

Tip 1: Get Enough Sleep and Hydrate

Everyone wants to have clear, glowing, and radiant skin. The good news is it can be simple to achieve! The most important advice? Get enough sleep and hydrate. Not only are these free, but they’re also absolutely easy to do too!

If you’re pressed for time and you only have 1 week to prepare for your shoot, you don’t need to worry. Sleep for 7 to 8 hours for the whole week and see the difference in the quality and health of your skin. If you couple this with drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, you’ll not only notice that your skin is much more supple, you’ll feel the difference in your overall health and energy too.

Tip 2: “New” is not always better

When it comes to skincare before a photoshoot, you don’t want to try anything new. This goes for new skincare routines, products and treatments. While getting your usual facial and exfoliation treatment is a good idea at least a seven (7) days before your photoshoot, it is not recommended to try anything drastic as you run the risk of having irritated skin. If you are really wanting a specific treatment, wait until after you’re done with the photo shoot.

Stick with your usual routine at least the week before the photoshoot. Unlike for newborn and baby photos whose skin don’t need much prepping at all, adult skin needs all the TLC it can get. Don’t scrimp on your trusted basics like cleanser, toner, moisturisers and sunscreen. If they’ve worked for you in the past they’re your best bet to make your skin look its best before your photoshoot, too.

Simona Janek is a professional photographer and make-up artist

Tip 3: Less is More

In skincare, putting “less” on your face is always better than putting more. This is because every skincare product takes a while to work. It also takes a while for your skin to adjust to a certain skincare routine. In addition, not all skincare products work well with others, even if they are from the same brand. Using incompatible products may be harmful to your skin in the longer term.

Overwhelming your face with too much may cause breakouts, redness and allergies. While these may be remedied by good professional makeup and some photo post-processing, fresh, clear, and glowing skin is always the best canvas.

Tip 4: Stay Away from Alcohol

Alcohol can dehydrate the body. To achieve the dewy, radiant glow be sure to avoid alcohol for a week before your session. It not only dehydrates your skin but it also reduces the quality of your sleep. Looking tired and dehydrated is not the best look for your photos. Avoiding any alcoholic beverage for the week before your photos is your best bet.

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    Canvas vs Framed Prints

    Displaying your baby’s photos in your home is the best way to enjoy the beautiful photos from your session for years to come. But what are the options for wall art? What are canvases and framed prints? Which should I choose?

    The short answer is that it depends on your budget, the decor in your home, and your personal preference. Some of my clients like the more modern look of canvases, while others prefer the more traditional look of framed prints. Here are each of the options that I offer and the pros and cons of each:

    Canvas Prints

    Canvas prints are a popular option. Your image is printed on a cotton canvas and then stretched over a timber frame. I’ve sourced the best manufacturer in Australia who uses museum-grade canvas from the USA. The image is then sprayed with fade-inhibiting UV blockers so that it will last the test of time.

    What are the benefits of canvases?

    The benefit of canvas prints is that they are lighter than framed prints. Canvases are also great as they don’t have any glare or reflections that frames do and are more cost-effective which means you can get a bigger size for the same price as a smaller framed print. As canvases don’t have an external frame surrounding the image, you can also fit a larger image size in the same amount of wall space making the image stand out more.

    What are the disadvantages of canvas prints?

    The main disadvantage to canvas prints is that the texture of the canvas can be a little distracting for some people (although this is minimised by using a better quality canvas – the premium quality canvas used by my canvas makers makes this less of a problem). For some people canvases look a little too “modern” but this is all personal preference.

    Framed Prints

    Framed prints are the traditional way of displaying photographs. Images are printed onto cotton rag papers, matted on acid-free mats and framed in timber. The frame is then finished in glass with stainless steel hanging wire.

    What are the benefits of framed prints?

    Frames are definitely more traditional and can suit a wider variety of home decors. Along with the aesthetic appeal, using papers for displaying your photos does show more detail than canvas.

    What are the disadvantages of framed prints?

    There are a few disadvantages of framed prints over canvas prints. Firstly, you need to be aware that the glass frame will have glare and reflections from lights in the room (be it sunlight or other light sources). Also, as frames are quite costly, framed prints are more expensive than canvases of the same size. You will also need to factor in that internal mat surrounding your print takes up wall space. If you only have a limited space on your wall this will reduce the size of the image you can fit in your home. The moulding colour (frame) also needs to be carefully chosen as it cannot be changed if your home colour scheme changes over time.

    framed print and canvas print. The best option for displaying your baby photos by your photographer in Sydney
    Framed print or a more modern canvas? Either option can look amazing on your wall.

    What should I choose?

    I hope this has helped you understand the differences between canvases and framed prints. Both of these products are equally as popular and beautiful on your wall. It really does come down to your own personal preference and some of the advantages and disadvantages I’ve discussed. I hope this information helps you choose what’s best for you! The most important thing is choosing something so that your beautiful photos can be enjoyed by your family every day!

    I also offer Wall Art Collections where you can buy a group of canvases or framed prints to display together and make your wall come to life.

    For more information about my photography and products, be sure to get in touch with me. I’d love to meet and photograph you and your baby soon!

    You might also like to read about 5 reasons why you need to print your photographs

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      Baby Wonderland: Australia’s Newest Mummy Blog

      If you’re a parent or expecting soon, you may like to visit the newest Australian Mum blog – Baby Wonderland.

      They have newborn and parenting-related guides to help you through your journey to parenting. Preparing for a child may seem like a daunting task, especially for first-time parents, but with the help of Baby Wonderland, you’ll be smashing those parenting goals in no time.

      When thinking about pregnancy, it is important to keep in mind the most important thing- the mum-to-be! Their health and well being is a priority, so to all partners, families and friends make sure that special lady in your life is pampered and loved. 

      Their blogs provide information on a wide range of topics such as household, food, health, fitness, as well as newborns. In the early days of a newborn’s life, parents need all psychological, physical and psychological support that friends and family can offer.

      For this reason, numerous parents depend on Baby Wonderland to direct them on the route towards becoming parents. Their diverse range of writers includes dedicated and passionate mothers, who have real-life experience of raising their own children. This enables them to provide insights and complexities into parenthood.

      Their guides are aimed at helping you improve so that you can be fully prepared for all the challenges and excitement that motherhood has to offer. Make your transition into parenthood as smooth as possible with Baby Wonderland!

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      • Morgan MendozaHello Amy, I appreciate your informative and interesting blogs

      • AmyTongHi Morgan
        I’m so glad you enjoy them. Thanks for your lovely comment.

      The trickiest ages to photograph babies and toddlers

      Babies and toddlers grow and change so much in the first couple of years of life. Throughout these stages and changes come with them some tricky ages to photograph. Here’s my list of the top tricky ages to photograph babies and toddlers.

      Tricky age to photograph #1 – Newborns between 6 weeks and 3 months

      Newborns between 6 weeks old and 3 months of age are at a tricky stage to photograph. For younger newborns, there are often skin issues (baby acne, etc.) as well as developmental leaps with the peak of unsettled crying at around 6 weeks of age. Between the 6 week mark and the 3 months, stage babies aren’t typically very interactive and are too old to go into the sleepy newborn poses.

      Babies are limited by their physical capabilities before they are able to sit independently. For this reason, between the ages of 3/4 months and around 7 months can be a tricky time to photograph and get a great variety of images for you baby photography session.
      Image of twin 3 month old brothers, Copyright Amy Tong Photography 2021.

      Tricky age to photograph #2 – Babies between 4 months and 7 months

      Between the 3/4 month stage and about 7 months it can be tricky to photograph babies as they aren’t able to sit independently. Whilst you definitely can photograph babies between these ages, the amount of different setups and types of photos you can get are a little limited. Babies at this age can only lie on their back or do “tummy time”for a short period of time.

      Tricky age to photograph #3 – Toddlers older than 13 months

      Once toddlers get older than about 13 months they get more mobile. Walking turns very quickly to running and a huge desire to explore and be constantly on the move. This makes getting in-studio images more and more difficult the older they get. For this reason, the limit of sessions that I offer are cake smash sessions at around 12 months of age.

      Toddlers older than 13 months get more and more difficult to photograph in the studio as they get older. They usually have a very short attention span and are wanting to be on the run. For this reason you may want to consider doing a lifestyle family session outdoors.

      Want to find out more about my newborn and baby photo sessions? I offer sessions for newborns, at 3 months, sitting sessions (about 7-9 months), and cake smash sessions for 1 year olds.

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        Cake Smash Photography Tips

        Interested in celebrating your baby’s first birthday in a fun way? Here are my top tips for cake smash photography sessions:

        Tip 1: Plan the photo session time

        As most parents know, when it comes to babies – timing is everything! It’s super important that your photo session time works well for your child. It should fit around their normal routine so that they don’t require a nap/snack. If your child is hungry or tired it can be a recipe for disaster! I always hold my cake smash sessions in the morning as I find that babies tend to be easier to work with in the mornings. I always try to give my clients lots of flexibility though when it comes to the start time. I only photograph one session per day so that I can give my little clients the best opportunity to be rested, fed and happy for their session.

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        Tip 2: Choose your cake wisely

        Due to allergy concerns I always let my clients arrange their own cake for the cake smash (or fruit for a fruit smash). There are a few tips when it comes to choosing a cake however. My number one tip would be not to choose a chocolate cake. The results can look a little untoward if you know what I mean…. and it can look like… well to be brutally honest – poo!


        I usually suggest a vanilla or other non-chocolate flavour and I have a few recommendations for local cake suppliers but otherwise something simple from Woolworths or Coles can work beautifully.

        Tip 3: Wardrobe

        When it comes to what to wear – there are a few suggestions I have. I’m probably what most people would call a “minimalist” photographer – I like my photos clean and simple. For me you really can’t go past beautiful neutrals and pastels. The most important things are to avoid bold patterns, stripes etc. I have some cute outfits on hand which you are welcome to select from for your baby’s session as well.

        I hope these tips are helpful for you! Be sure to click here to FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE SMASH SESSIONS.

        Best wishes! Amy xx

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          About amy - newborn & baby photographer sydney
          - Academy of newborn photography
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          - Over 9 years experience

          - Current CPR & Infant first aid

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          Hi! I'm Amy Tong. I'm a newborn baby photographer in the Sydney Inner West surburb of Balmain, Australia. I'm Mum to 3 little ones, and wife to my best friend of almost 20 years. I've always been creative. A lover of music, art and history. Photography has been an important part of my life since I first picked up a camera as a hobby back in 2008.


          I began my career as a professional baby photographer back in 2012 and have had the honour of photographing over 300 babies since then.
          To me, photography allows us to preserve moments in time for future generations. I can't think of any better job in the world. I'd love to hear from you and help you hold on to these special moments too..

          Amy xx

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