1. Plan now. We do not recommend waiting until the last minute to figure out what kind of wardrobe to wear, what are some things you want to include in your pictures. Delaying the planning often leads to issues as something always seems to happen that can distract you and throw your routine off the morning of or even the day before.
2. Sleep. Sleep is a key to making any portrait session great because it makes you look and feel great. When planning for rest, ensure you are taking into account some extra time to get ready in the morning and time for travel. We recommend arriving early so that you have time to relax beforehand.
3. Don't over accessorize. You should strive to look as natural as possible, we find that keeping themes simple allows for real moments, expressions and interactions.
4. Let your kids have fun. If your session includes kids we recommend letting them be themselves, we can capture great images if they are laughing, playing around, etc. We will do our part to direct them to do what we would like to see or what would work best for the shot needed. We want to try and keep you stress-free so try to stay calm and smile.
5. Keep your hands empty. If your carrying anything around such as gloves, phone, wallet, etc. it will get in your way trust us. We want your shoot to go on without a hitch, so we recommend leaving anything you might carry around either in your car or with a friend accompanying you.
6. Embrace your attitude. We encourage you to embrace whatever mood you feel during your session. Feel free to relax, laugh and have a good time. Portraits are best when you are yourself. It’s important to remember that just because there is a camera pointing at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be looking at the camera. Sometimes the sharpest images are created when you are interacting with one another and enjoying a moment as opposed to posing.
7. Lay out your setup; You should plan your clothing and accessories the day prior, that means everything from a hat to socks should be ready to ensure you don't forget anything.
8. If you find ideas on Pinterest, Facebook or anywhere else on the web that you think is cool and would like to try and duplicate or share. Please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate.
9. Last step... Relax you did all the hard work, like let us capture those precious moments and take your breath away.
Also, here are a few other generic guidelines and suggestions to consider when selecting your wardrobe:
· Simplicity is always best, so when in doubt keep in mind that “less is more.”
· Avoid patterns and stripes, as they often will conflict with other elements in your portrait.
· Avoid logos, as they can be distracting.
· Neutral colors such as beige, white, black, tan and grey often photograph the best, as they complement skin tones and don’t conflict with common background elements.
· Wear clothing that fits properly. A proper fit that allows you to move and feel comfortable will help you look more confident in your portrait.
· Always dress with full-length in mind, including shoes and socks in your wardrobe consideration. Shoe styles should be simple and not distracting.
· If you wear glasses, you should wear them for your session as we want you to look like you usually do. Don’t worry about shine or glare, as we know how to look for these things and photograph accordingly.
· We recommend wearing minimal jewelry for your portrait. Jewelry that you wear on a daily basis is fine, but we prefer to not have you accessorize and add other jewelry that you usually wouldn’t wear. If you do wear jewelry, it should be kept simple, and its color should be neutral and non-distracting.
· Apply makeup and style your hair as you usually would. Now is not the time to try out a new haircut or a unique style of make-up that you aren’t comfortable with. For the best results, if you wear foundation wear a non-reflective matte. Anything with shimmer and translucency will show through on a photo. Tarte Shape Tape, Smashbox, HUDA Beauty and IT Foundations all photograph well.
· We recommend against going for a professional tan or tanning outdoors before your session. A fresh tan may look good in person but the camera is more sensitive to skin tones, and your natural color is always more flattering in photographs.
· Let us know if you have any questions at all!