How to prepare for a shoot with Megan Love:~)

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I wrote this blog almost three years ago, time to revisit it!

I hate having my photos done just as much as everyone else. But it has to be done! We sell ourselves on our images, personas, etc. We try(most of us) to set ourselves apart from the rest of the herd. We do our best to be unique and sexy. Our photos are extremely important. It tells the guys who we are and what type of client we want to attract. I do my very best to make sure every lady has the right images for her persona and the right type of client she wants to attract. My photos attract type of client I want….

Ladies are always nervous when they meet me, they get themselves all worked up for nothing! I’m very down to earth, I like to joke, I like to curse, I like to be silly. I like to take things slow and not rush. Ladies say it’s like a slumber party when they shoot with me. I love hearing that. I hate awkwardness. Everyone does. I’ve been in the business(escorting) for over 20 years years. Been doing photography for about 10 years and escort photography about 7 solid years. OK enough about me!

Ladies will sometimes ask how to prepare for a shoot, I do have in detail on my website how to prepare, but I figured I’d post a blog about it and go into further detail. So here goes…

First thing, don’t be nervous! We are women in the same business and we both want the most out of our photos. Ladies tell me they get better clients and longer dinner dates when they shoot with me. That makes me very happy. That’s my main goal, to help you make a ton of money. So just come relaxed and ready to be silly and take great images. I tend to feed off of energy of the ladies, it’s about chemistry as well. I love it when we bounce ideas off of each other. For instance. If I say turn this way and you have a suggestion in addition to that, that’s great! I’m soooo ADD/hyper when I shoot(without making you feel nervous, it’s kind of cute actually) and get ahead of myself with the ideas once they start flowing. So I welcome suggestions and ideas no matter how shy or embarrassed you might feel. It’s YOUR shoot, it’s about YOU! Some ladies tend to get more comfy with me after the first shoot, 2nd shoot and etc, and you can tell by the evolution of our work together in each shoot.  I also get a feel for the ladies personalities and how far they want to go or willing to go for a great shot. Being creative that is…

Second, come prepared. Make sure you bring all of the outfits and accessories you’ll need. Make a list and mark them off while packing, and keep the list till after the shoot so you won’t forget anything. I usually help the lady pack if they are still nervous. I sometimes will bring extra items, like thigh highs, jewelry, pearls, robes, hair accessories, props, even bring my own lingerie just in case the lady didn’t bring enough. I love playing dress up with my models and they always appreciate that after I send them the images. They’re glad I had extra…

Third, wardrobe! Have in mind what looks you’re going for. For example, I like jeans, men LOVE jeans. Bring your best pair of jeans with a sexy blouse. Of course we can use a bra, jacket, corset, just about anything with jeans if I get bored of the blouse. I want the lady to have a ton of pics for her portfolio with different looks. You never know if we might like the jeans without a top or with, you’ll have choices. The guys love a lady who can rock a pair of jeans to a nice restaurant with sexy heels and blouse. Plus the guys want to know how you’ll be dressed if or when you guys want to do a dinner date.

Evening gown or cocktail dress! Depending on where I shoot, I’d love to shoot more ladies in evening gowns. If that’s not your thing please bring a cocktail dress or both! Again, you want the client to know what you will look like outside of the bedroom in case you guys want to attend an upscale function or dress up for the hell of it! Make it classy, not trashy(unless you’re into that sort of thing then hey, whatever floats your boat!) Keep it simple, unless  you’re just a really flashy lady and likes a lot of bling. Who am I to stop your creative style? Bling on sista!

Lingerie! I love lingerie, I have an addiction. I’m a girl, what can I say? I love thigh highs, panties/bra sets, corsets, sexy heels, robes(I’m a robe addict and usually bring a few for the ladies to wear). Bring all that shit! I’ll help you narrow it down. I love waist cinchers, or under-bust corsets, and retro type items, unless you want more traditional which is totally fine with me. I want you to feel sexy in whatever you choose. But please don’t forget the thigh highs! Bare feet are awesome as well and that seems to be my new thing, please get a pedicure! If you have lighter color lingerie then bring beige thigh highs, darker bring black, unless you have white lingerie then bring white. Most ladies know how to color coordinate…. I hope…

Regular dress! Like the kind you’d wear to dinner or lunch. Could be a summer dress or a wrap around, or evening a rock a billy retro dress. Bring it! Again, you want the client to know what kind of things you’ll wear in public. Sometimes more is better, ya know? Make em wonder what’s underneath that dress… I tend to leave the hotel room and take lobby/around town shots in either the jeans or regular dress. It’s always a nice finish to a shoot and those tend to come out better than the lady expects! It’s the hurry up and take 100 more shots before you leave crunch time that turn out the best… honestly..

Tasteful nudes! Some ladies don’t like and some do, it’s about what the lady wants. I don’t mid doing classy nudes in addition to the rest of the shoot. I think this about covers the wardrobe portion of my blog. If you have any requests or want to bring more then by all means, bring it!

Fourth, make sure you eat healthy within weeks of the shoot. Natural foods.  I mean, you can always eat healthy all of the time but please try to do more low carb/sugar a week or two before the shoot. I don’t know about other ladies, but this diet makes me feel sexier and less bloated. But I’m sure most of you have you’re own techniques. Drink plenty of water, they say drink less alcohol, but I love my wine so I don’t listen to that part! I do hot yoga and cycle. That always makes me feel sexy and if you start weeks within the shoot you’ll feel and look sexier. But then again, most of you have that down I’m sure.

Fifth, tanning or not? I don’t tan, I quit tanning 10 years ago. My skin thanks me for it! But not everyone wants to be pale and pasty white like me. If you tan just make sure your tan lines where where you want them to be. It’s tough taking tan lines out in photoshop and end up looking too fake. We don’t want our photos to look over photoshopped. If you spray tan then you might think of grabbing that cheap self -tanner and doing it yourself to save some money but I do not recommend that. Many self- tanners are hard to apply ( even with the help of a friend to get to those hard to reach areas) and can streak and develop uneven if you are not practiced at applying them ( Not to mention that dreaded orange color if you have a heavy hand and apply too much) Plus feet and hands can wind up looking dirty from applying too much product. So do some research and get recommendations for a professional that can provide a custom airbrush tan for your important shoot. The great thing about using a professional spray tan artist is that we can customize the color according to your skin tone and the level of tan you want to achieve. It is not just 1 color fits all. We can also contour to enhance or slim certain body parts that you cannot do if you us a self- tanning product or even in a spray booth. But please don’t get a cheap self tanner, I spend hours trying to fix it.

Make sure that your face has a natural spray. Two of the biggest disasters I see in photos is always related to the face. If you spray your face very dark and then apply very heavy makeup many times it can make it look orange or too much darker than the rest of your body. The other is when someone gets a spray tan but does not use a little darker makeup to match. This results in a tan body but a washed out paler face. And that contrast does not look very good. So remember if you are doing your own makeup you need to go a shade or so darker or use some bronzer.  That is if you show your face, most ladies don’t. Spray tan takes approximately  10 hours to fully develop and often look their best on the second day. Have your spray tan two days before for best results. Also, if you require any repairs to your tan this will give you enough time.

It is imperative that you exfoliate your skin(even with out a spray tan) the day before or even for a few days leading up to the Spray Tan. (Not the day of as many scrubs will leave a film on your skin resulting in the tan streaking or being blotchy)  Exfoliation is important so the skin can be a clean even canvas. If the spray tan is applied on uneven skin, the older dead skin cells will come off first causing the tan to possibly fade poorly.

Sixth, whiten your teeth. That makes for a great photo when you are showing half of your face or have a light blur to show facial features. I can always whiten them in photos shop but why not just do it on the front end?

Seventh, get a mani/pedi! I can’t stress this enough! Make sure you get this the day before. You don’t want dry hands and feet in your photos, and I’ll need to photoshop that as well. Bring lotion for your body, hands, oils work great too. I always have coconut oil on hand. I usually bring lotion if you forget and I also bring nail polish and nail polish remover just in case. Yes, I’ve painted ladies toenails before! That’s how serious I am about hands and feet! If you don’t like nails, get shellack or just get a fresh nail color or nude the day before or same day.

Eight, tattoos! If you have tattoos you don’t want in your photos, try your best to cover them with derma-blend.   I can help if you need me to. If you have a small tattoo then that’s fine, I can edit that out. I’s rather fix an issue without extensive photoshopping.

Ninth, shave shave shave! Ladies tend to forget to shave, especially the armpits. Unless you’re rocking the retro/native look then I say, rock that shit girl! But seriously, shave or get waxed… Or I usually have an extra razor if you need it. Sometimes I forget to pack, I will make a list just in case!

Tenth, cut your tags out of  your new clothes, don’t rip them out. I usually bring scissors just in case. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine, cut the tags! No ripping!

Eleventh, practice your poses in the mirror at home. Look up “boudoir” on google or Pinterest for ideas or my gallery. Bring those ideas with you. Save them on your cell phone. I welcome any ideas. Get comfy with what angle you like, I’m good at figuring that out when you arrive and we get started. Just practice as much as possible and have an idea of what you want and get comfy with posing.

Twelfth, make up and hair!! If you show your face, maybe perhaps get your make up done professionally(MAC at the mall usually) before the shoot and and hair. Extensions, cut, color etc. Wear false eyelashes if you are a heavier make up type lady(usually brunettes). Get your brows waxes. Maybe get a nice facial or exfoliate a day or two before. If you are on a budget, then you can do more natural type facials at home. I get a ton of ideas from Pinterest.  I don’t provide hair and make up at this point but should be able to find someone if you need it.

Thirteenth, Wear loose fitting clothes to the shoot, you don’t want marks in your skin in case we do artistic nudes, or body shots. Be positive, be on time, be organized. Please don’t leave all of your stuff lying around the location. Every single space in my hotel suite or yours will be a possible shot. Ladies usually put their stuff in a room we’d never use or a corner or a closet/bathroom. Make changes quickly so we can move on. I’m always happy to help with wardrobe, hair and make up. Please no visitors unless we discuss prior. Now I’m sounding all technical! If I think of anything else, I will add more to this blog. I hope this has been helpful… Oh and be on time! OK, that’s it for now…

P.S.Ladies usually get their edited images within a week after we shoot unless I’m on tour and in that case I may edit a few while traveling in case you need to advertise.

Thanks ladies! www.meganlove.net

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