-Be on time! I’m a natural-light photographer, so during our session we will be chasing the sun! Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies! I want the BEST photography experience for you.
-I encourage you to find a spot that reflects you and a place you’ll feel comfortable. Great options include a train station, farm, coffee shop, urban building, vineyard, empty field, etc. I have a couple options I use often when clients are unsure about where their photos should be shot.
-Note: There is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ location….there is beauty everywhere, we just have to find it!
-Make your session unique! It is important to look and feel confident and comfortable. Wear outfits that reflect your personality. Causal, trendy, vintage, evening wear, etc…wear what reveals you but spice it up a bit! Try to also avoid busy prints, big logos, and being to “matchy.”
-For Individual Portrait Sessions, 1 or 2 outfit changes are welcomed! I suggest one casual and one a bit dresser (whatever your version of “dresser” is). Just be prepared you might be changing in the back of a car, depending on location.
-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories! Hats, headbands, belts, vests, chunky necklaces, scarf, etc… They make your outfit unique and add interest to photos without distraction. Accessories can take an okay outfit and turn it into an extraordinary outfit. They can also totally change an outfit when removed or switched!
-For Families, Coordinate, choose colors and accessories that compliment each other. Try not to let your colors match perfectly with another family member but make them blend with each other. I suggest starting by picking 3 colors and then have everyone where different shades or patterns of those colors.
-In addition to your standard accessories, you are more then welcome to bring along any props like such as sunglasses, kite, picnic, big lollipops, sports equipment, musical instruments, special toys, books, cool couch, or (my personal favorite) your dog! Any items that help identify you as a family or your child, please bring them along and I will do my best to incorporate them. These not only make your photos unique that can help to make a child more comfortable in front of the camera or bring laughter to the family.
Extra Tips for great photos:
-For Families, if you have small children, I will need your help to “rally the troops” however when it comes to snapping away a group photo, it is best for you to continue to look forward and smile at the camera. This helps me take pictures knowing that my only goal is to get the children’s attention.
-Bring a snack or treat for the end of the session, it not only serves as a great reward for smiles but it also allows me to snap a few more great photos at the end of the session. Sometimes the best pictures can be a close up of a smile while a child is eating a treat!
-For YOU, If you are “camera shy” or hate the way your smile looks in pictures, practice laughing. I guarantee that it may start as a “fake” laugh, but quickly turns into a true smile/chuckle. This method has been tried and proven.