Advice from Pro Photographer

One quiet morning in a local coffee shop, I met with pro photographer Diana Zapata of BlueSpark Photography to chat about how to best prepare for a photoshoot. After lots of chatting (and tea and chocolate banana bread!), I was surprised to learn that Diana is also a safer beauty maven and certified yoga instructor like me! Her own handmade skincare line called Sauca is sold in NYC and online. 

Learn more below and check out her tips!!

What is your biggest advice to women getting a professional photo? How does their makeup affect the final result or editing process for you?

I think it's important to consider the type of session you're getting. A good amount of preparation is necessary but when the session starts, my biggest advice is to let go and enjoy. To not overthink or over plan your shots. Trust your photographer and know that as cliche as it sounds, a true smile and a genuine emotion is what makes you really beautiful and authentic! Of course, makeup plays a big part in that preparation. I think that even a little application goes a long way in helping us feel special, elegant and even a little polished. The final result may just be that you feel more confident! In terms of editing, makeup or no makeup doesn't really make a difference for me, I do color correction and cropping but not a lot more goes into edits. 

It’s so cool that you also have your own handmade skincare line. How did you get involved in the beauty/wellness space? What’s your favorite product from your line and why?

Thank you! I got involved because I wanted to have truly clean products for my day to day beauty routine. I took some aromatherapy workshops and did my own research to create blends like clay masks with botanicals to exfoliate my skin, oils for the face and body to moisturize, healing salves for muscle pain, sleep and relaxation and meditation balms for yoga asana or meditation. My favorite product in my line, Sauca, is hands down the Elixir No. 1, my face oil. I use it morning and evening - it's packed with organic essential oils and it smells so so good! It's light and gentle enough that is quickly absorbed by the skin. It's definitely my go-to before any makeup application and I apply it generously at night.

I invite you to check out Diana’s skincare line, Sauca, and her photography work. I am sure you’ll love her as much as I do!