Today I’m pulling back the curtain and discussing best practices for blog shoot days. These are my 5 tips for a flawless shoot day. And while I’m at it, I’m showing you some bloopers and outtakes. Pictures you have never seen before because they were deleted. I dug through hundreds of picture files and found some doozies for you. Also, I am going to show you two pictures from the 1990’s that relate to this blog post about 10 things you don’t know about me. Get ready to laugh…
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I’ve been at this thing called blogging for 4 years. When I look back at some of my early blog posts I truly wonder how in the world anyone decided to follow me. I made a few fashion choices that are truly questionable. While shooting all of these years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that I’m sharing with you today. Also, be sure to check out this blog post about Tips and Tricks for taking a good Head Shot.
5 Tips for a Flawless Shoot Day
- Get a blow out on the morning of shoot day. My hair is difficult and I got a membership at the Dry Bar about 2 years ago. It just makes life easier if I don’t have to fight my mane.
- I do all my own make-up for blog shoots. I’ve always worn make-up and I’m really comfortable doing it. Plus, it allows me to try new beauty products for the blog.
- PREP! I shoot every other Monday morning with my photographer and work in special shoots for brand partnerships that are on a tight deadline. I spend the day before the shoot steaming clothes, styling outfits and prepping anything that has to be shot.
- Maximize good hair and make-up. I can shoot 4 outfits in one hour and I always book my photographer for at least 1 1/2 hours. So the outfit you see in any blog post was probably shot at least 2 weeks prior to publication date.
- RELAX! The best results come from a relaxed attitude. When the photographer gets me to laugh and be silly, those turn out to be the best results. It’s also key to know your best side and angle. I am my own worst critic!
Now, given all that great advise there are still pictures that come back that are never going to make the blog. Each blog post has between 5-10 photo’s in it. The photographer gives me at least 15-20 of each outfit. Do the math. There are a lot of photo’s that are not chosen. I select the ones that show off the clothes I am talking about best, that show me in a flattering position where I have a pleasant expression and the brand is highly visible. So today I am doing something I have never done. I’m showing you some of the outtakes with a little explanation underneath each one.
And for a special treat, I am adding a picture of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers and of me with Paula Abdul from the early 1990’s. Both of these were referenced in Friday’s blog post. So I thought you would like the visual for that extra laugh! Just keepin’ it real over here on TanyaFoster.com
Hopefully you will come back tomorrow. I promise to be more professional. Lordy… xoxo – Tanya
P.S. If you like this type of blog post, please leave a comment today. I’ll start saving the bloopers for future posts.
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This is me trying to look really cool like I’m in a rock band or something. I can’t even go into the fashion choices here. So sorry I exposed you to this.
In case you are wondering why I have a membership to the Dry Bar. Exhibit A.
Did you know that we have a cat in addition to Sparky and Max? The cat does not like to smile for the camera hence the reason you hardly see him on the blog.
Remember the tip on PREP? And steam your clothes prior to the shoot? Yeah…
Oh hi! Doesn’t everyone kick up a leg in Klyde Warren park? No?
Me trying to spin and not look like I weigh 400 lbs. FAIL!
You know what they say about working with animals and small children. Sparky had just taken a chunk out of my cupcake. So wrong! And why do I have on those boots???
Oh hi, I’ll just be over here twirling my waist tie.
Max’s expression says it all. The end.
I mean, I don’t know what every hair care brand isn’t knocking down my door to work with me.
OK, A+ for hair effort and the Dry Bar membership paying off. Not really sure what I was thinking on the fashion choice of that top. Maybe I thought I was in my 20’s that day.
Here is 1990’s Tanya…
The Dallas Mavericks Dancers circa 1991 -1992. I served as Assistant Director for 5 years and we chartered the team in 1989. That’s when the games were still playing at Reunion Arena. Can yo say BIG HAIR? I love these girls!
Back stage with Paula Abdul in 1992. No words for what I have on. I’m pretty sure it involved shoulder pads.
Fun post! I’m 55 and have been getting blow outs since my 20s, long before anyone I knew got them. If I were entrepreneurial I would have opened a blow dry salon back in the 80s. I live in NJ now and blow outs are the one thing that is cheaper here than in Texas. I’m always surprised at how much I pay for one when I visit my family in the Dallas area.
YES! I have a membership to Drybar and love it, but I miss Manhattan and the blowouts I got in a little salon in Chinatown (half the price, awesome blowouts).
I think it’s fun to see the outtakes of your shoots! Makes it more relatable to us as readers I think. Love your blog!
Referencing the photo where Sparky had just nibbled your cupcake…caption it “tongue out Tuesday” and you’ll be good to go.
I remember doing that belt wrap in the 80s. OMG!
Your natural hair color is gorgeous.
I Stopped highlighting my hair last summer and so far I have very little gray, and what little gray shows looks like highlights! I’m 60. I’m naturally a dark ash blonde
My hair is much healthier looking mine used to look like yours pre blow dry when I highlighted.
I sure related to this post, I just hate having my photo taken you are brave IMO.
Keep up the great work Tanya! ❤️
I LOVED this post!! I hope you keep doing more of these! Wish we had a DryBar in San Antonio!!
I loved the post as we get to see you. Wishing there was a Dry Bar near me
Oh, those older photos are hilarious! Thanks for sharing! XO
Thanks for this post and keep them coming. It helped to start the week with a good laugh. Your captions are as funny as the photos. I guess the Mavericks Dancers invented the “cold shoulder” fashion. What is the cat’s name? A ponytail is how I deal with my frizzy hair; I guess I need to go to the Dry Bar!
Loved this post, great sense of humor …
Gotta love a girl who laughs at her self!
What steamer do you use. I had one but was not pleased with it.
I actually loved the striped top!
I know bloggers often have to look perfect to showcase brands or places, but it’s posts like these that make them more human. 🙂
Your comments had me laughing until I was crying…. sooo funny!! Love how you can laugh at yourself, even though you do look great in all of these as well 🙂
I like your bloopers and your sense of humor. We all have days when not everything goes well. To all of us readers, you always look fantastic. Unfornutately, I don’t take good pictures so most of my pictures end up looking like your bloopers. Speaking of shoulder pads, I kinda miss them. They made my waist look small. Not the “Dynasty” type of Joan Collins and Linda Evans but just a nice shoulder pad. Yes, I think you should occasionally show more of the real life that we all live.