HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY PHOTO SHOOT?
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your photography session:
For couple or group photos, dress at the same level of formality as the other subjects in the photo. Avoid wearing clashing outfits. Coordinate styles without being “matchy-matchy” (i.e. if you are wearing dark jeans, dress shoes and a light colored shirt, the other subjects being photographed with you should wear jeans, dress shoes and a nice shirt in a complimentary color that won't clash with yours.)
Unless otherwise planned, you should avoid wearing very dark colors or bold patterns. (dark shoes and accessories like a belt are okay.) Neutrals, bright colors or light colors are always best.
Wear versatile clothing. Put some real thought into what you want to wear and how you want to look. Make sure that your clothes are pressed. A wrinkled shirt doesn’t look good in real life and it won’t look good in your photos.
Women should pay close attention to small details, including jewelry and accessories, shoes and sunglasses. Shave or wax where appropriate (i.e. legs, eyebrows, facial hair, underarms, bikini line, etc). Having a manicure and pedicure is also a good idea just before the shoot.
Men’s hair (including facial hair) and nails should appear neat and trimmed.
Don't wear your hair in a fussy style that will need constant maintenance or a mirror to fix if it comes loose. Your hair WILL get messy, so just decide in advance that it’s ok.
Take into consideration that in order to get some really outstanding photos, we may ask you to try unconventional things, like laying down on the ground in a pile of leaves, walking barefoot in the sand, or climbing over rocks to find the perfect pose. So tight clothing would not be ideal.
Don't bring loads of bags with you, because you will have to carry them around all day. Bring ONE suitcase, preferably with wheels, or be prepared to leave your clothing and accessories in the car.
If you are including your pet in the photo shoot, bring a friend with you to watch the pet or have a friend take your pet home when you are finished with the animal shots. Then, you can continue your photo shoot without distraction.
Bring a few magazine clippings with you of photos that you love. Better yet, email us in advance any ideas you have of the types of photos you'd like for us to take. It’s important that you have a vision of what you want. We are very good at what we do and we have tons of ideas, but any assistance you can offer will only make the images better. Unfortunately, we can't read your mind to determine what ideas or assumptions you might have about the images we create.
Let us know of any locations that are special to you. If at all possible, we will include any special locations into our planning of where to shoot. We tend to choose locations that incorporate many different colors and textures, which will only add more impact to the photos.
Relax and listen to our directions. We will do everything in our power to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease while giving you instructions on what to do. If you have questions, please ask. We want to always be on the same page with you. Communication is key.
If the sun seems to be in your eyes, or if you feel like you are squinting at all, please let us know. In that instance, we will ask you to close your eyes. We will then tell you to open your eyes a split second before we click the shutter.
Be yourself! This is the most important tip of all. We want to capture comfortable poses and candid moments. We are less concerned about formal poses than we are about comfort. We want you to BE comfortable so you look comfortable in the images we will be creating together.