Tanning… is it good or bad?

To Tan or Not to Tan...

So often, one of the first questions our boudoir clients ask is “what about tanning?” Especially during the winter months, oftentimes the first thing that comes to a client’s mind is jumping in the tanning bed or getting a spray tan to look bronzed for their session. Read further to see why I personally don’t think tanning is necessary. 

Tanning Beds

Too often I have noticed that tanning beds irritate our skin. They can make us splotchy, or give us red, irritated patches of skin. The camera picks up pretty easily on differences in skin tone, so I always advise not to jump in the tanning bed.

However, if tanning is something you do on the regular all the time, I would just suggest not going at least a week before your session. 

Spray Tans

Here is where I personally stand pretty firmly in my opinion. Spray tans are not necessary for your session. Believe me, I know you want to look like a goddess for your session. However, a spray tan just isn’t the way to go. Too often spray tans are patchy or uneven. As subtle as it may be to our eyes, the camera picks up on that uneven skin tone so well. You’ll see darker, splotchy areas around your wrists, fingers, elbows, knees, and feet. This is almost impossible to edit out and smooth over, so that patchiness will end up being visible in your photos. You could also appear orange, and no one wants to look like an oompa loompa! 

My editing process

When I go in to edit your photos, one of the first things I do is warm up your skin tone if needed. Don't worry, I won't leave you feeling pale and pasty! It's so much easier for me to warm up your skin while editing than it is to try and smooth out uneven tan marks or discolored spray tan around your joints. You are going to look fabulous in your photos, you can trust me on this one! 🙂

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