Here are some great tips to get the greatest results from your session.
In order to start shooting on time I suggest that you plan to show up about 10-15 minutes early with a parent so that paperwork and can filled out if it hasn't been done already and we can go over locations and outfits. If you show up late that amount of time will be deducted from your session.
What to wear and bring:
These are only suggestions. I say bring more so that we can create different looks adding a vest, scarf, or hat can really change the whole look of an outfit so bring extra stuff. More is better this time around.
1. Classy: You should plan to bring something that will make mom happy (after all she is paying the bill). If you plan to hang an image in a particular room look at the colors of the room and choose an outfit that will coordinate with the room colors.
2. Casual: This should be something you wear everyday and feel great in. This should reflect your own unique style, t-shirt and flip-flops or a favorite hoodie, this is who you are.
3. Model: This can be anything fun and creates a magazine look. We can rock a prom dress in an unusual place (water, urban, country, etc.) A flowing dress that reminds you of a fairytale in a forest. Anything fun bring it!
4. Accessories: Any sports balls, uniforms, instruments, cars, trucks, bikes, skateboards, favorite chair, sunglasses, hats, your pet, etc. If you love it, bring it!
Don't forget accessories earrings, scarves, shoes, etc. Stripes, plaids and small busy prints do not translate well on camera. Large plaids or prints are fine. Solids photograph much better! Please bring a variety of color. Vary the style, all one look (like t shirts) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff you like. The faster you change the more varied looks you will get. Make sure that all of your outfits are complete. Group your outfits together on hangers. This will prevent wrinkling. Wrinkles will show up on camera.
Sunburn and Tan Lines
Tan lines and peeling is not attractive in portraits. Overdone tans will not look right in the images so I suggest keeping a light tan but not overdoing it and avoiding sunburn right before you session.
Friends and Parents
Friends and parents are welcome. However, if you can't relax in front of the camera with mom and dad watching, it may be best to have them wait. I will need them there to sign your paperwork though. I have a small studio so I ask that you limit the amount of people that come with you to 3 extras. You can have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.
There are certain things that girls should be aware of and watch for in their presentation:
Make sure your clothing flatters you. If you think you have large arms, sleeveless styles can make your arms look fuller. If you are not happy with your mid section don't wear tight tops. I want you to be yourself so I won't tell you what to wear or not to, but keep in mind that a little sexy is ok, but you probably shouldn't make ALL of your outfits that way. I photograph everything from prom dresses and heels to shorts and flip flops. So be you and remember that what one person likes may not be appropriate for the next person.
Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps so that your eyes look their best. Avoid makeup with sparkles in it. When you move, it makes a nice shimmer, but in a photo, where you are still, it creates a little white spot that almost looks like a zit. Also avoid makeup with an SPF in it. Although it is good for your skin in the sun, the SPF tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
Want someone else to do your makeup for you? I work with hair and makeup artists that can ensure you look great in front of the camera. If this is something you are interested in you will need to make me aware of this at the time of booking so we can make sure the artist is available for your session.