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How to prepare for your photo session

Choosing the style of how you want to be photographed is a large part of the shoot.
A pre session consultation is important to get the exact look you want.

Do you feel more comfortable in a casual setting or posing more traditionally?
Do you want a fashion session, a documentary style session?
I’d like to know how you want to portray yourself. Is there a story you want to tell,
family traditions to capture, something unique about you?

Location, Location , Location

Where do you want to shoot? In your backyard, a favorite park, the beach, an urban setting,
country fields, the place you met. In your home, or my studio are also options. I am always finding new locations to suggest.

When to Shoot

Timing is everything! To take advantage of the beautiful and flattering light for an outside session it is important to schedule
an early morning or late afternoon shoot. An indoor shoot at your home with natural light requires
a lot of window light to be successful- find the time of day that your home is the brightest.


Look for complimentary colors that are flattering to your skin tone as well as
classic looks that will stand the test of time. Go for coordinating outfits instead of matchy-matchy.

Think colors, layers, textures & accessories.such as jewelry, scarfs, & hats.
Try to avoid busy patterns, logos or branding- leave your Elmo shirt at home.
Dress for the season as well. Magazines, Pintrest and the internet
can all be great sources of inspiration while planning your look.

Finally, think about where you want to display your portraits. If you are
going to hang your portrait in your living room think about what clothing would
compliment your decor.

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Hair, Makeup and Nails

I know I am happier and more confident when I feel better about my appearance.
I believe it is worth the investment to get professional hair and makeup done. .
Makeup for photographs should be slightly heavier than normal.
A loose translucent powder is helpful to eliminate shine.
Bring a brush and extra makeup to the session for touchups.
Nails should always be manicured or clean and neutral.
Keep the toes looking good for barefoot shots in nice weather.
Check your children’s nails and take off the chipped polish.
Please try to clean temporary tatoos off ahead of time,
and check for unwanted jewelry- especially in the summer.

Blemishes, scars or owies can usually be retouched so there is no
need to cancel a session.

Something else to consider are props. I have an assortment of flowers,
vintage furniture, hats and toys. Feel free to bring bubbles,
favorite lovies- or family heirlooms.
Above all else, the best accessory you can have is confidence
(and well rested and fed children!!)
Whatever styles and colors you pick, feeling like you look your best is what will
make your portraits phenomenal. Take the time to indulge a little and make
this a special experience for you and your family.