Good Monday, friends. We here in Middle Tennessee remain stifled by record-breaking temperatures. It’s cRaZy HoT, y’all!!! As I was saying to John the other night, the ONLY good thing about the heat wave we’ve been experiencing is that it has been a dry heat. I can somewhat take heat. I don’t do humidity very well.
This past Friday the temperature in Nashville reached 109 - the hottest ever recorded. Some spots north of Nashville, which is where I live, were even hotter I think.
Ren’s senior pictures had been scheduled for that evening and we were asked by our photographer, who is also a dear friend, if we wouldn’t want to reschedule. All other sessions had. Knowing how busy our schedule would become in July, I decided to go ahead and have them taken. Of course, had it been humid I would have absolutely had to cancel. Ren does not do humidity well either.
Luckily, the session turned out great, and except for once, when she was wearing a fairly tight headband and longer dress as part of a Bohemian ensemble, Ren didn’t even break a sweat. Having said that, we did go prepared, which helped ensure neither she nor her makeup melted.
Here’s what it takes.
1.) Make sure you have a great photographer who works quickly.
2.) Use a sweat resistant foundation. Ren wore Clinique’s new Stay-Matte. I have to say I was impressed.
3.) If possible, bring along a personal make-up artist for retouches. We are lucky to have one in the family. Thanks, Meg.
4.) Keep a dry hand towel handy for blotting away moisture around the face and neck.
5.) Have a personal-sized, battery-operated fan. This has been a lifesaver for Ren on multiple occasions.
6.) Pack a cooler with some cold water and a bag or two of ice OR
7.) Realize the one being photographed will probably need a straw for sipping water - lest we smear some lipstick - so head to the local Sonic. Be prepared: 3 medium ice waters and one large cup of ice will cost you $2.29. I was rather shocked.
I can’t wait to see the rest.
Well, stay cool, my friends. And please, say a prayer that everyone in need of rain will get some much needed relief soon.