Getting your photos taken shouldn't be stressful. We gathered this information to completely guide you through your portrait session.
First things first; let’s decide on a location!
I like to break down location into 3 categories. With all locations, we want to get as many diverse images as possible.
Each location will have tips and tricks for planning your outfits. Just click on the buttons under the descriptions to read more.
These are some places we have enjoyed working at in the past, let us know if you have any other locations that interest you.
For all locations, let's avoid cliche things like matching outfits, props and gimmicks. The session is about you, not a theme.
Your Personal Stylist says:
Before we start-
- Let me KNOW if there is anything you are
self-conscious about. I will be able to pose you differently if I know.
-If you aren't comfortable with something, please let me know.
-We will be active during your session, so prepare for that as you see fit.
-There may be a few minutes of awkward. But that's okay.
Why is it important?
What to wear is so important. It is the difference between looking at your photos and seeing YOU, or seeing just your clothing!
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 are some basics to stick to for most photo sessions and locations.
- Dress for the weather
- Make sure the styles of your outfits match.
-Dress for where your photos will be being taken.
- Dress in clothes that fit! Don't wear anything that is too small or too big.
-Plan your outfit from head to toe. Wear the proper underwear for your outfits, from tank tops and underwear to socks.
-We can use 2 outfits. One you want to be more dressy than the other.
-Choose a color palette to coordinate your outfits to.
-Dark colors are slimming. Long sleeves are great if you don't favor your arms (Like me)
-Choose the right shoes! Running or gym shoes do NOT look good with portraits, unless we are actually in a gym, or unless it's a more fashion based style.
-Layer, Layer Layer! Choose up to three layers for each outfit change.
-For more feminine looks, accessorize with shoes, necklaces, bags, scarves, the occasional hat and jewelry!
-For a dapper human, ties, belts, sweaters, suspenders, jackets and shoes are your go to, it’s tempting to dress as simply as possible, but don't be afraid to add more!
I hate this one.
NO / YES**
No Fluorescent or neon colors. / Yes! Muted colors, jewel tones, and pastels
No Camouflage / I said no! We want to SEE you!
No Small stripes (Moire Effect) / Yes! Thicker Stripes
No Crappy T-shirts / Yes! Stylish Graphic tees.
No Matchy-Matchy / Yes! Coordinate-Coordinate
**These are also just strong suggestions, If you show up in matching ratty neon camo t-shirts, we're taking your photos anyways.
But you may regret it later.
Hair and Makeup Shtuff
We 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.
-Those with shorter hair should have a hair cut about one week before the portrait session. longer hair and color, 3 weeks!
-For eyes, stay away from shimmer eye shadow. Stick with matte. Don't go too dramatic.
-Do NOT use eyeliner on your waterline and under eye. It will close your eyes off, and make them appear much smaller than they are. Consider the alternative- Line the top lid as usual, then use a mid-tone eye shadow to outline tightly under the lower lash line. This look is defined, but soft, and keeps the eyes bright!
-False lashes look awesomel!
-Highlighter is great, but use it sparingly.
-Go a tad heavier on your blush, as it will photograph much lighter.
-Match foundation on your face and neck, not your hand. Finish with a matte powder to avoid shine.
-Don't normally wear makeup and want to try? Use mascara, and add a little blush.
Last but not least-
-Full Sessions take between 1 and 2 hours.
-Multiple locations are fine, as long as they are within 15 minutes or each other. -The best times of day to photograph are the 2 hours after sunrise, and the 2 hours before sunset.
-Feel free to bring a friend along to help!
-If it is too cold out, hot out, or windy out, we will reschedule to the soonest available date. The final decision of will depend on every situation.
- Turnaround time for images is 2 weeks.
- We average 50 photos an hour.
- Light retouching is used for final images, if there are detailed requests, please email me, and I can set up a quote for the work.
-Previews are posted on our Facebook and Instagram! Make sure to like and follow to see when we post. If you want to be notified and tagged in photos on Facebook, please adjust your privacy settings so we can tag you!