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Top Tips to Keep Your Spray Tan Looking Great for Your Senior Pictures

March 7, 2023

SENIORS: Stop making this senior picture mistake that could RUIN your senior pictures: last minute faux tanning!

I know, I know, you want to be a beautiful bronzed goddess for your senior session, but running out and getting spray tanned the day before your session could end in a blotchy, streaky nightmare.

As an Oklahoma Senior Photographer I have seen it all when it comes to faux tans for senior pictures. The good, the bad, and the ugly. So, I talked with OKC spray tan artist, Danielle Webb, with Glow Getter Airbrush Tans to get the top tips to make sure your tan looks perfect for your senior photos.

Amber arrived at her senior session with a perfectly applied and cared for spray tan. It looks completely natural and added the perfect glow! (*Amber was not sprayed by Danielle.) If you are determined to be faux tanned for your session, here’s a few details that could save your skin (literally):

1) How can clients keep their wrists and ankles looking natural and not “dirty”? Keeping wrists and ankles looking nice starts with a knowledgeable and skilled spray tan artist who blends those areas to create a flawless fade. Being aware of how often you are washing and vigorously drying your hands also plays into this. You always want to pat your skin dry. And of course, most important is keeping your skin moisturized. 

2) How long before their senior pictures should they get a spray tan? Spray tans should be booked 2 days before photos. 

3) How should clients care for their skin between the spray tan application and their senior session? I always give my clients a ton of important after care info to take home with them to ensure a long lasting and flawless tan. Keeping the skin moisturized at least 2 times a day after the tan is key to a hydrated and flawless look. 

“Keeping the skin moisturized at least 2 times a day after the tan is key to a hydrated and flawless look.”

4) What can senior girls do to prep their skin before they come in and get spray tanned? When a client books with me, they will receive an email with a detailed list of exactly how to prep their skin before their appt. The key is to come in with exfoliated skin, with no products on it that could create a barrier between the tan and skin. 

“The key is to come in with exfoliated skin, with no products on it that could create a barrier between the tan and skin.”

5) What are the benefits of getting a spray tan before their senior photoshoot? There are so many benefits of a spray tan before photos, but the most important one is the confidence it can help bring to a person! Being tan, whether it’s a deep & dark tan, or just a subtle glow can help kick anyone’s confidence into high gear, which in turn makes for a more enjoyable photo session because you just feel so dang good about the way you look! 

Want to have the perfectly glowing skin for your senior session? Contact Danielle and get on her schedule! Her books open 2 months in advance, so don’t wait!

*Expert advice: it is always better to leave the faux tan to a professional. I have yet to see a self tanner that does not leave your hands looking dirty. That is not something that I fix in post processing. If you don’t have a spray tan lined up, just show up with your beautiful natural color. I promise, you will still love your senior pictures.

Ready to show off that bronzed skin during your spring senior session? Email me at brandi@brandipricephotography.com and I’ll get your booking process started by sending you our famous Brandi Price Photography client experience magazine!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

“Senior Session Prep”

“Skin and Hair Prep Before Your Senior Pictures”

“5 Ways To Prepare For Your Senior Photo Session”

  1. It’s really helpful to see all the things that make your senior photo session successful. This tip about spray tans is a good one and shows seniors that it requires planning in advance for the timing that guarantees no problems on your session day. A tan complexion and glow boosts confidence and can be done well. Great tips Brandi! Best Oklahoma senior photos.

  2. Kelleen Hite says:

    I love this! Knowing how to keep your spray tan looking fresh is perfect in the spring when doing senior photos!

    • Brandi Price says:

      Thank you Kelly! Hope these tips will help my senior girls out when they are getting ready for their senior picutres.

  3. Spray tans give such a natural glow for senior pictures! Your clients are so lucky to have an excellent spray tan artist to help them prepare and keep their skin looking fabulous.

  4. Susan says:

    Great info on the ins and outs of Spray Tan for Senior Portraits!

    • Brandi Price says:

      Thank you Susan! Hoping my senior girls find it helpful when they are preparing for their senior pictures!

  5. Deborah A. says:

    Such great advice, Brandi! Having a great spray tan can really make a huge difference in the outcome for senior portraits! Your seniors are so blessed to have Danielle as a resource for their tan!

  6. Jody says:

    Loved this blog! What great guidance for your seniors before their senior session. A bad spray tan can ruin the vibe fore sure. A great resource for your clients!

    • Brandi Price says:

      Definitely don’t want to ruin such important pictures with a bad spray tan! Hopefully these tips will help the girls look and feel their best!

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