This year I’ve had quite a few photo shoots and doing what I do now means I always have to be “photo shoot ready” in a way. These things don’t get booked in months in advance anymore, a shoot with a brand might pop up the week before or I might get a last minute work trip or photographer get in touch. So how do I get ready to be in front of the camera 24/7? Well sometimes I don’t feel ready and quite recently in fact I haven’t felt the most body confident I ever have. There’s always going to be something we dislike about our bodies and it may take years to feel completely happy, ironically a lot of my closest friends have said I look the best I have ever at the moment which of course is hard to take in when you don’t feel it yourself. So there are some things I like to do in the few days leading up to a photo shoot that make me feel a little more sparkly and you don’t have to have a photo shoot booked in to start doing these. My approach to food, fitness and life now is everything in moderation, balance and to have a healthy happy mind as my ultimate goal so these photo shoot ready tips can be incorporated into your life every day, pre holiday, post blow out weekend, whenever…
Green smoothies every day.
Green makes me feel amazing and green veggies are something you want to fall in love with. In the lead up to a photo shoot I have a green smoothie or green juice every single day to help me feel glowing from the inside out. Incorporating dark leafy green vegetables into your diet can be hard which is why sneaking them into smoothies is a great way to do it. Spinach and kale always go in my green smoothie with either a banana, avocado or pineapple and I also love using broccoli, peas and mint. Drinking a green smoothie after a meal or as a snack also prevents me reaching for the not so photo shoot friendly foods like chocolate or coffee. Here’s some of my green smoothie recipes; a super good green smoothie and the ultimate green smoothie.
A lot of the time a photo shoot will involve me being in activewear and that means sports bras! Like lots of human beings, I sometimes suffer from bloating because I maybe drink alcohol or eat too much wheat or dairy or I stress too much (all factors I know affect my gut) and as I’ve got a more womanly figure as I approach my mid twenties, I can see how it’s so much harder to have the same flat tummy I had naturally when I was 18. Aside from what I eat and exercising regularly; doing extra core work in the lead up to a photo shoot helps me feel more connected to my abdominals, improves my posture and ultimately makes me feel flatter and more comfortable around my middle. Try some of my Pilates core workouts.
I love treating myself as a way of finding balance and that’s sometimes with my favourite Ombar raw chocolate bar or a lovely dinner out but in the lead up to a photo shoot there’s others things I do to give myself a little self love that doesn’t feel too indulgent like getting a manicure, my eyebrows done, buying a new lipstick or my favourite magazine. I recently got eyelash extensions at Prima Lashes in New Bond Street as I have photo shoots, a girls trip to Lisbon and my brother’s wedding coming up so I thought why not. And my favourite magazine to curl up reading or soak in the bath with is Cosmopolitan. Maybe you feel better with a bit of fake tan or after a massage, try to treat yourself with these lovely things as apposed to your usually sofa munchies before a shoot.
Cut The Crap.
The majority of the time I don’t get too hung up on cutting anything out of my diet and feel that as I naturally choose healthy varied nutritious food then most the crap isn’t there anyway but in the lead up to a shoot, I will try to consciously avoid anything processed, coffee, cow’s dairy, gluten and alcohol. Like I said, as my shoots are now quite regular and last minute, this can sometimes be hard but I do the best I can.
Body confidence for me is all about accepting myself, I look how I do today and have the body I have right now based on the choices I’ve made recently and learning to accept the bits I love and don’t love so much is the most important factor for me before a shoot. There’s nothing worse than feeling negative and crappy about yourself as the camera is snapping away. If I’m not feeling confident with my abs then I’ll focus on my smile for the shoot, if I have a spot pop up on the day then I’ll focus on how lucky I am to have a flexible body. We are all so uniquely different and I’m going to wake up on the of a shoot and be best me on that day not spend it wishing I was a Victoria Secret’s model.
Love, Lottie x
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Photographer by Lydia Collins
Make Up by Charlie Baker
Wearing Catalyst Activewear