Preparing for Your Portrait Session
Your big day is about to arrive, and while it is up to the me to create a beautiful image, you can help by being prepared and looking your best. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your portrait session...
*Be on time! Your session will begin at the agreed time and will take about 45-55mins to shoot.
To help be on time schedule your appointment here in advance that fits your schedule
*Try laying all of the clothes out together the night before
*Get plenty of rest the night before your session. If you are exhausted, you will look exhausted. Go to bed at a reasonable time so you wake up refreshed and ready.
*Drink lots of water! Good hydration will make skin glow and look fabulous.
*Cut back on alcohol the night before. Alcohol dehydrates us and lends itself to red skin, tiny wrinkles and those puffy black circles that form under our eyes.
*If you are going to wear foundation make sure it matches your skin - all of it. You want to make sure your face and neck are the same color. Keep makeup simple and elegant and take it easy on the bronzer.
Tip #1: Choosing the family’s wardrobe!
Dress in your favorite outfit. Coordinate clothing colors in your groups and try to keep it simple. Avoid large, bold patterns. Solid colors work the best.
Make sure the kids are in comfortable clothing. It's hard to smile and look happy if your clothes are bothering you.
Color makes the photo look alive and vibrant. However, if you do wear natural or muted tones, think about adding a boost of color with accessories. Whether it be a piece of statement jewelry for Mom or a scarf for the kids, these things can add the perfect pop of color.
KEEP COLORS IN THE SAME TONAL RANGE. (Commit to a color and stick to it) DARKER COLORS FLATTER IN PHOTOS HAVE OUTFIT CHOICES.
If there is time we can do a change and give you more image options. Consider a dark outfit and a light outfit.
* Try laying all of the clothes out together and see if anything doesn’t go with the overall scheme. Think of it as one big outfit. If there is a piece that stands out you might want to swap it for something else.
* Please feel free to call or email me to discuss your clothing choices for the big day.
Tip #2: Children
The littlest members of the family often bring the most charm to the family portrait. We want to make sure they are happy and cooperative on portrait day. Consider nap times when booking your portrait session. Little guys usually have a window when they are in a good mood after a nap.
If your little ones have a regular nap schedule, try to schedule your session when you know your child is typically in a happy, cooperative mood.
Get them excited! A strange photographer with a big camera and gear can be a little bit intimidating.
I will do my best to make your child feel comfortable but it helps if you prep them before the session. Tell them something fun and exciting is going to happen. Show them other pictures you have of them or the family and tell them that is what they get to do. Give them an incentive - a favorite story or snack when they are finished.
Bring snacks and things that make your child happy. If we need to take a break for carrots and goldfish, no problem. Anything to keep the youngest members of the family happy.
Feel free to bring an extra outfit for the little guys. If they have a favorite outfit or something adorable that doesn’t go with what the rest of the family is wearing, bring it along. If we have time at the end of the family session we can do a quick change and a photo of just the kids.
Be happy and excited! This day is about you and your family. Don’t stress. Relax and have fun! A little bit of goofiness and giggling can make for a great image.
Children can sense stress and anxiety. If you relax and roll with the punches it will be much easier for them to enjoy the day.
Get everything ready the day before. This will ensure that portrait day will go smoothly. Pack the snacks and a change of clothes if you will be bringing one, lay out the outfits and get excited!
Tip #3 Make Memories to cherish a lifetime
Portrait session are for up to 5 persons, for 6-10 persons a small $10 fee will be applied. Plan to bring everyone in the family: grandchildren, grandparents, relatives, cousins, friends, everyone. Groups, clubs, and teams make for great portraits.