Should you get a spray tan for your professional wedding, engagement, or senior photoshoot?

Many times when my clients are getting ready for pictures they ask me if they should get a spray tan for their photoshoot to enhance their skin color.

My answer is YES!

But I’m a spray tan artist and I think everyone should be rocking a little glow.

That being said I thought it would be better if I asked my friend Brittany who is a professional photographer over at Brittany Ann Photography

Brittany is a natural light photographer that specializes in senior photo sessions in the Toledo area.  Her work speaks for itself and it’s always a fun day when the makeup artists at Merle Norman and I get to assist in getting her beautiful clients ready for their photo shoot.  A spray tan is often a part of the before photo shoot prep.

I asked Brittany if she would mind guest posting on my blog and give her opinion on how a spray tan does or doesn’t work with professional photography and she said yes! So let me turn this post over so we can hear Brittany’s thoughts.

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A professional photographers thoughts on spray tans:

Who does not love to look bronzed and beautiful, especially for special occasions where you are around a lot of people OR you taking a lot of photos. No brainer if you ask me! But, I totally get where people are coming from when they ask if a spray tan is the right thing to do before a photo shoot.

Often times people are scared of the outcome, due to all the bad photos they see of people who are really dark and orange or even streaky. The truth is, they are seeing the “bad stuff” and it deters them from even trying to find an educated and awesome spray tan artist that can give them what they are looking for and need, a natural and beautiful glow!

Get a natural spray tan:

From my perspective and experience, spray tans and photography can work really well together, if done right that is. As a photographer, I can tell you first hand that I recommend a spray tan to all my high school girls that book their senior session with me!

  1. Because I want my clients to feel comfortable, radiant and confident for their photos and a spray tan definitely plays a role in that.
  2. A professional spray tan makes my editing process more smooth and seamless, due to natural added warmth and a base of even skin tone.

Key things to remember when considering a spray tan for your photo shoot.

Make sure to let you spray tan artist know what you are getting your spray tan for!

You want your spray tan to be LIGHT and NATURAL. We just want to add a nice glow that will really add a touch of warmth to their skin tone.  If you are someone who is use to getting spray tans regularly, than this one might seem a bit lighter than your normal one, but that is okay!

Again we are going for a natural look.

Book your spray tan with an experienced professional!

Choose someone with experience in spray tanning for photographic purposes as well as how to do so for all different skin tones. Check out their website or social media to get an idea of what their sprays look like in actual photographs because often times a spray tan looks different in person in comparison to when it is photographed. My girl Kathryn…she is a pro and knows how to get that perfect amount of color the girls need so that they are not “washed” out in their photos, but also not too dark either.

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Spray Tan Tips For Your Photoshoot

It is just as important as getting the spray tan, in my opinion. Hydrate your skin with the product that your spray tan artist recommends to you! Also, be sure to do all of the things that your spray tan artist says to do or don’t do! If you accidentally use your Bath & Body soap in the shower when your not suppose to; it could strip your spray off…..leading to not so easy editing for your photographer later on.

Any skin types can benefit from a spray tan!

If you are naturally more fair skinned it is okay to get sprayed! A natural glow can be achieved on your skin as well.

Book your spray tan 2 days before your photo session.

As Kathryn has mentioned in her previous blogs, the spray tan is typically done 2-3 days before your event. If you book to early then your spray tan might start to come off or fade and than this makes it more difficult for me, the photographer, when I go to edit! Your spray tan artist should already know this and inform you when booking, but this is an important factor!

Ask your spray tan artist questions!

At the end of the day, you are in charge of the outcome of your spray tan after your artist did their job. Knowing the tanning rules will provide you comfort so you know the next steps to take in order to keep your spray looking smooth and beautiful for your photoshoot!

I love a touch of sun-kissed skin in photos!

I think that it is a natural and refreshing look that can easily be achieved if you want it and can find someone who knows how to create this look! So I say go for it! Don’t be nervous! Find an awesome spray tan artist near you.

I promise it will be a great addition to your next photoshoot!

Events To Spray Tan For:

Thanks, Brittany for all your insight on how professional photography and spray tanning can be wonderful partners together.

If you would like to connect with Brittany check out her website, or find her on Facebook 

Spray Tan Business Pros:

Do you have a mobile spray tanning business, home-based spray tan business, or are you looking to start one? Then check out my tools of the trade area of this website for help in setting up your own airbrush spray tanning business.

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