TIP #1 : KNOW YOUR BEST LIGHT! Where is the light facing? Is it soft of hard? Never face directly into the harsh sunlight. This creates harsh shadows and squinting of the eyes, which is never a good look. You can let your photographer guide you into the best look for your face and remember it :)
TIP #2 .
MUG THE MIRROR-
As awkward as it sounds, spend some time making faces in the mirror. Seriously, do it. Every face is different, and as such, every face looks good doing different things. Find your angles. Do you look better straight on, or turned just a few degrees to the side? Do you look better with a full-toothed smile, or with a smug little smirk? Practice and get comfortable making these faces. Learn how they feel to your face, and then your muscle memory will help you recreate them. Think Blue Steel from Zoolander.
TIP#3- TALK TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER BEHIND THE LENS
It's awkward looking into a lens and we all feel like it's sort of an invasion of privacy am I right?
Well talk to your photographer and engage in fun conversation. Ask her questions if he or she isn't doing any talking ( Which they should be) . Get to know each other like your having a morning cup of Java! :)
TIP #4 RELIVE THE GOOD TIMES
trick your body into relaxing by pulling from your personal collection of good memories. Think about that time you and your husband (or wife) swam with dolphins in the Caribbean as the sun was setting. Really try to go there in your mind. Focus on the individual things your senses perceived. What did it sound like? What did the water taste like? What did the air smell like? Silly as it sounds, this can trick your body into thinking it's in a safe, comfortable place and it will relax your fight or flight mechanism.
At the end of the day you need to feel your best and so that leads me to:
TIP #5 - GET DOLLED UP!
Get your hair and make up done if you can and get a friend to help you pick our your wardrobe!
Not only will you feel beautiful but you will feel like a rockstar and that you can conquer anything now!