People ask me all the time what they can do to look good in photos. Today I’m going to share with you my FIVE favorite products to get you looking amazing without needles or fillers or drastic measures. A while back, I remember reading an article in a magazine that had a list like this, but it was all about PROCEDURES … things like Botox and facelifts and implants and chemical peels, and it broke my heart to think that people out there might rush to the doctor to modify their appearance before their wedding or family portrait. You don’t need to change yourself to look better! All you need to do is take consistent care of yourself and your skin every day.

So here are my top 5!

5. A great skin care regimen.

Everyone seems to have an issue with their skin, whether it’s acne, redness, dark spots, or just those little wrinkles that sneak in to our skin when we’re not looking. If you use good products every day, you can make amazing changes in your skin. Check out these before and afters! This isn’t an instant change though, your skin will take weeks or months to really show change, so if you have an event coming up, you’ll want to start a regimen at least a few months beforehand.  I personally use the Rodan + Fields Redefine regimen, and I wish I had taken a Before pic before I started. I honestly didn’t expect the products to make a difference, so I didn’t take a Before photo. (Believe me, I’ve been down this road before and had a ton of half-used creams in the product graveyard under my sink to prove it), But then I really DID see and feel a difference in my skin, and I kind of wished I had taken a pic before I started. (And yeah, the irony of me being a photographer and not having a photo of myself isn’t lost on me)

If you’re not sure what products suit you, you can start with this great skincare Solution Tool. 

Rodan + Fields Reverse Before + After Rodan + Fields Unblemish Before + After Rodan + Fields Soothe Before + After Rodan + Fields Redefine Before + After


4. Sunless Tanner

It’s funny that HAVING a tan makes us feel and look so healthy and vibrant, but GETTING a tan (translation: sun exposure) is what gets us looking like a Before pic, with dark spots, wrinkles, and dehydration (or worse). I never was one for sunless tanner, because I didn’t like the orangey, fake look. But this one is awesome, not streaky, and really natural looking.


3. Hydration

I’ve mentioned before how important hydration is to keeping your skin looking good. That means drinking lots of water! But if you want to add to that, you can also use Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum. This stuff has been been getting a lot of press because it instantly increases your skin’s hydration by 200% and maintains it for a full 8 hours. This makes it the best base ever for wedding day skin. I started using this because of how dry my skin gets during the winter, but I’m realizing now it’s just as important during the summer, when the sun is beating down on me and dehydrating me and my skin.


2. Eye Cream!

There are not one, but TWO products I love here. First, the Rodan + Fields Multi-Function Eye Cream. With this one, I’ve really noted a change in how firm the skin around my eyes looks. This isn’t a photo of me (because of how I didn’t think it would matter before I started), but this is the same kind of result I’ve seen.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Before + After

If your problem isn’t firmness/wrinkles but more under-eye circles and puffiness, the Active Hydration Complex is for you. I’ve seen some amazing photos of what this does for people with those dark circles.

Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex

1. Lash Boost

Lash Boost has to be my favorite product, if you want to make a difference in your appearance! I’ve always called myself lash-challenged, because my lashes were SO short and bland-looking. It’s easy to use, just swipe it along your upper lashes before bed, and in a few weeks lashes are longer-looking and thicker-looking. There are times now that I even go without mascara. (man, I hate mascara.) By the time I started using Lash Boost I was smart enough to take a Before pic, so here’s mine (and another). Oh, and I use it on my brows too!

Remember, though, it’s not an instant fix, you’ll want to start using it nightly 6-8 weeks before when you really want to see the results.


The best part about all these products is that Rodan + Fields offers a 60-day money back guarantee. So if you’re not sure that it’ll really make a difference, give it a try and if it doesn’t, send it back and get a full refund. I love that they take the worry right out of it, because you won’t waste money on something that isn’t right for you. Full disclosure: I’m a Rodan + Fields consultant, so if you buy from these links, I’ll make some $$. That also means if you have any questions about what’s right for you, you can contact me directly and I’ll help you figure it out.