Don’t be nervous! I want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Our session should be fun and relaxed in an effort to capture your children, your family or yourself beautifully and naturally.
I’m sure you have quite a few questions about how to best prepare for your session, so I have gathered some helpful tips that you will find useful:
TIME AND LOCATION
The location of the shoot can add a whole lot of meaning and fun to your photos! The images will be focused on you, but a great background adds a ton of color, texture, lines and light.
Being a natural light photographer, I almost always shoot outdoors in either a natural or urban location and our session will start no earlier than 1 – 1.5 hours before sunset, depending on the type of session (high school seniors require a longer time). Be aware of the sunset time when booking.
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, and like yourself. Here are a few guidelines to help you pick out and outfit that will be flattering, show your personality, and bring the attention where it’s meant to be: on your beautiful face!
• Instead of matching (I’d prefer you didn’t), coordinate your outfits. Choose colors that compliment each other. Pick similar tones and colors in the same family. You can all wear a warm or cool color palate. A warm color palate might be oranges, reds, browns, or purples. While a cool color palate may be light blues, greens, whites, or pinks. Lay out all of your outfits, and see if they look nice together
• Consider adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. to add some flair to your images.
• Clean, clean, clean – clean nails, clean hair, wipe away eye boogers, clean feet (sandals on kids = black feet!), wipe snotty noses, fresh-scrub teeth. The cleaner the kid, the better their photos will turn out.
• If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, tuck them in or wear bloomers.
• If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot. Tired children will want nothing to do with the camera.
• Make sure they are well fed prior to the session. It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, smarties or other candy that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly.
• Avoid colorful drinks or lollypops within 24 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
• Wardrobe – For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else, pick a color that compliments your child’s eye color. Avoid logos and shirts with wording unless it serves a meaningful purpose (announcing a pregnancy or marking a birthday). Bring multiple outfits. Children have accidents or can fall and get dirty. It’s best to play it safe.
• Bring a comfort item like a favorite book, toy or blankie.
Let’s face it, kids typically run the show. I have children, I know how it goes. There may be a meltdown or a crying fit. It’s ok! Please, do not feel embarrassed by your child’s behavior. If a child senses that you are stressed, they will pick up on it. If all your child wants to do is play and explore, we can work with it. Patience is key. This photo session is supposed to be an enjoyable experience for all!
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
• Have an even tan, don’t get sunburned, clean and freshly-paint those nails, and moisturize and scrub away dry skin.
• Bring a variety of outfits – cap and gown, something casual, something stylish, ladies slip a dress in there to throw folks off, fellas try a formal look to impress. Wear what you think you look best in, but take the opportunity to also try a new look, just to surprise people.
• Bring props that recall your high school years – band instrument, sports gear like a volleyball or baseball bat, your beloved (or cursed) high school car, letter jacket, sunglasses. Most of all, represent your style, whatever that may be. Your senior photo should be unique to your life and personality.
• Moisturize that belly!
• Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you’ve seen in other maternity photos that you like.
• Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape.
• If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticeable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
• Do bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
• Run. Play. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Allow me to capture the emotion and true personality of your family. I want to capture who you really are.