I know that before a portrait session, you might be wondering what to wear, where to go and how to do your makeup and hair!
Here's a page FULL of suggestions for you. Our Pinterest link at the bottom of the page will also take you to a page of visual outfit ideas.
If you ever need help deciding your wardrobe for your session, please text me, call or email me and ask!
All the Answers.
How much will it cost?
- Session rates are listed here.
Do I need to sign a contract?
- To book a session, you must read and sign my contract.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
- I ask for the full amount of the portrait shoot before the session.
What types of payments do you accept?
- I currently accept Cash and Check.
How long does a session take?
- Your session will be about 2 hours of photographing, traveling to locations, and outfit changes.
Can we have multiple locations?
- Most places to choose will have what we need for photos, but we can travel up to 15 minute away to a new location.
Where should we have our Engagement session? What describes you as a couple? There are many places where we can capture who you are.
- Your home
- The zoo, a museum, or your favorite lunch spot. (We always need to check to make sure we are allowed to take your photos at these locations previous to the session date, as some public businesses require a photography fee.
- In your favorite town or city.
- The woods or a park.
What should I wear?
- Check out the paragraph to your right!
What time should we take our photos?
The best times to photograph are the 2 hours after sunrise, and the 2 hours before sunset. We can photography midday if we are at an indoor location, in a heavily shaded area, or in the middle of the city. Sometimes Midday creates gorgeous lighting when there is enough shade to diffuse the light. It does depend on your location. We can arrange your session at a time that works best for you as well.
Can I bring my friend along?
- I love it when we have moral support! A friend is very helpful during your sessions. If they are willing, they can carry outfit changes and props so that you don't have to. Make sure to choose someone who you are comfortable around.
Can we reschedule due to weather?
- If you aren't the adventurous type who likes rain, then we can reschedule your session to my soonest available date. If this doesn't work for you, we can always do a location indoors or at your home.
What if I need to reschedule for a personal reason?
- We are able to reschedule one time at my soonest available date. There is a $50 charge for every rescheduling after that.
How many images can we expect? and when should we expect them?
- As a lifestyle portrait artist, you will receive at minimum 50 photos. We usually average around 75.
When will I get to see my photos?
- I currently work a full time job, and have after work and the weekends to edit(When I'm not out taking pictures) At the latest, I usually will have a preview up in the first week, and the full photos available to download at the 1.5 week mark.
We took photos for two hours, do I receive every image taken?
- I only include the absolute best photos from your session.
What should we do with the images?
- Print! These aren't just portraits for online use. They are made to be art for your walls. Print, and print BIG! :) Do not print at Walgreens, Meijer, Costco, Walmart, CVS or any other quick one hour photo. Your photos are set up to print at a Professional Lab. When your session is delivered, you will receive a list of labs to print at. The pricing difference is minimal, I promise! You will have photos that last a lifetime if properly taken care of.
Will we own the copyrights to the images from our session?
- I own the photos and copyright, but you are given the permissions to print at a Professional Lab Via your contract.
Can I edit my own photos?
- I consider my work art, and therefore ask that you do not change any photos in any way. If there is any special request, please ask me!
How much do you retouch your images?
- I will retouch any noticeable acne. If you have anything you feel self-conscious about, talk to me before your session, and we can work out the best outfits and poses to flatter your body.
Will my images be posted anywhere online?
- Yes, I will be using your photos to promote my business and to share with you on Facebook, Blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and anywhere else I may need.
Do you offer reshoots?
- If you are unhappy with the poses, or light, we can do a free reshoot. If you hated your makeup, hair, outfit choice or location, we can reschedule for a $75 fee. If the issue is with my editing, I can reedited 10 select images for you. If you are unhappy with how you look, and require more retouching than just blemishes, I charge a $15 per photo for heavy editing.
What to wear.
What to wear is so important. It is the difference between looking at your photos and seeing YOU, or seeing just your clothing!
I will include a couple different lists, one for what not wear, one for recommendations and suggestions, and one for hair and makeup. These suggestions are not just for engagement photos, but also other types of portraiture!
What NOT to wear:
– If you are having your portraits taken with someone, dressing like identical twins is considered old fashioned. Nowadays, you want to coordinate, not duplicate.
– Graphic Tee shirts! Do not have writing, graphics, or decals as they can be distracting.
– Skirts must be at a length that you can move around comfortably, and sit without exposing anything.
-When being photographed in woods or greenery, avoid wearing green. as you want to stand out, not blend in.
-NO colors that are fluorescent or neon. They do not photograph well and are distracting in photos. Bright colors will also cast a color onto the wearers skin and face. For most sessions, we do use outdoor location with trees, and these color do clash with nature. Using different shades and tones of primary colors is a good rule to go by. (Navy, Burgundy, mustard)
-Avoid white shirts, as they reflect a ton of light, and tend to wash out the wearer. Try a cream or pastel color, or even wear a colored scarf if you have a favorite white shirt.
-Necklines shouldn't be too extreme. (ie Deep V necks, or Big Cowlnecks) Scarves and necklaces are the exception.
-If you want to wear stripes, or even plaid, please run them by me first. Some photograph nicely, some don't. Do not do any other busy patterns.
What TO wear.
-Dress for the weather
-Hang clothing on hangers if you have outfit changes.
-I recommend 2 outfits. One you want to be more dressy than the other.
-Choose a color palette to coordinate your outfits to. 3 colors are usually good.
-Wear solid colored clothing, and choose muted tones that are a bit subdued
– Dress in clothes that fit! Don't wear anything that is too small or too big. Dress for your body type.
-Dark colors are more slimming. Long sleeves are great if you don't favor your arms (Like me)
-Layer, Layer Layer! Choose up to three layers for each outfit change.
Girls, accessorize with shoes, necklaces, bags, scarves, the occasional hat and jewelry!
Guys, ties, belts, sweaters, suspenders, jackets and shoes are your go to. Most men dress as simply as possible, but don't be afraid to add more!
-Make sure the styles of your outfits match.
-Dress for where your photos will be being taken. Keep in mind that drastic opposites would be acceptable as well. when imagining opposite, think slinky ball gown in the middle of the woods, not band tee in the middle of a classy hotel.
-City photos need bright colors and crazy combinations it looks good to be dressier in the city. Indoor lifestyle sessions, dress to compliment your home. If you have neutral decor, you can wear more patterns. If you have bright rooms and decorations, you should stick to more neutral colors.
-Plan your outfit from head to toe. Wear the proper underwear for your outfits, from tank tops and underwear to socks.
-Choose the right shoes! Running or gym shoes do NOT look good with portraits, unless we are actually in a gym.
Make a unique session with props!
Balloons, or one big balloon
Furniture, couch or chair
Something you both love!
Makeup and Hair:
I always recommend having a professional do your hair and makeup for the day! Your engagement session is the best time to see what you might want for the wedding. Professional hair and makeup artists will know what photographs best.
Men should have a hair cut about one week before the portrait session. Women should be photographed when ever they are happiest with their hair in relationship to the time it is styled.
For eyes, make sure you do your shadow slightly darker, make sure to stay away from shimmer eye shadow. stick with matte. You will want it to still be natural, as to not take attention away from you. (Might be a good time to Ditch the bright blue shadow) DO NOT line your eyes. specifically your waterline and under eye. It will close your eyes off, and make them appear much smaller than they are. I suggest lining the top lip as usual with no waterline, and then using eye shadow to line half the lower lid. This way it is defined, but soft. False lashes look awesome for photos as well!
If you don't normally wear makeup, I suggest trying some mascara, or even curling your eyelashes. air that with some blush, and you will look radiant.
Go a tad heavier on your blush, as it will photograph much lighter. We can always blend in in more if it is too bright.
Make sure your foundation matches your skin tone. match on your face and neck, not your hand. Finish with a matte powder to avoid shine.