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So much goes into a senior portrait session. The location, wardrobe, and styling is so important to creating your amazing look for the big day! I’m breaking down my favorite beauty products that will insure you look and feel your best!


Hair products will vary for your style and type of hair. I always encourage my seniors to work WITH instead of AGAINST their natural hair type. Virginia weather isn’t kind to our locks, but there are some beauty favorites that perform well for portrait sessions.

To prevent flyaways or frizz, I LOVE Verb Ghost Oil. You really only need a tiny amount of this product!

Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray is my go-to for a super strong hold. If you’re curling your hair, I recommend spraying before you curl and after to set your style!


Prepping your skin is super important. Many of my seniors have either oily or dry patches from breakouts. Regardless of skin type, moisturizing, and drinking lots of water in the weeks leading up to your session is imperative. I highly recommend gentle exfoliation 24-48 hours prior to your session for even makeup application and to buff away dry patches. As always, test products on another area of your skin before use.


Makeup preferences, skin tones, and styles vary for each of my clients. However, a polished and put together look works best with my style of portraits. I adore the following tried and true products that look amazing on every skin tone!

Naked 2 Basics Palette CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara

Nars Blush in Orgasm Haus Laboratories Le Riot Lip Gloss

OPI Nail Polish in Bubble Bath

Bella Jade Setting Spray – Like Hair Spray for your makeup!

Great Lash Clear Mascara for keeping brows in place!

Self Tanner

If you can’t get to a professional for a tan, such as my favorite, Cameron Carson, then these products are my favorite do-it-yourselfers. For best results, use a mitt!

Need more suggestions? I’m happy to help!

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This post contains affiliate links. Product recommendations are all my own and have been personally used and tested for many years.

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"The photos definitely represent the best version of myself and give me a great boost of confidence..."

-Abigail, LMP Senior

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" Laura was easy to work with, flexible, and so artistic. Working with her was a great experience..."

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-Amanda, Stepmom to LMP Senior, Ayrin

" I hope I get to work with you again someday. You are truly talented..."

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"Laura went out of her way to make sure my daughter felt comfortable and to ensure we captured this milestone perfectly. Our photo gallery was exquisite and delivered to us so quickly..."

-Andrea, LMP Senior Mom

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