SPECIAL CONCERNS FOR YOUR FAMILY OR SENIOR SESSION
First of all AVOID STRIPES AND PATTERNS Solids photograph better!
Seniors: bring a variety of color, don't bring 5 red outfits even if it is your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for your school logo. Vary the style, all one look gets very boring...also vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do some stuff YOU like.
Our senior sessions don't limit the number of clothing changes, so...if you change fast you get more variety...spend all day in the dressing room and you get less time in front of the camera. Bring plenty of clothing options...we may not use them all, but we'll have plenty to choose from.
PLAN YOUR OUTFIT COMPLETELY
Some shots are close up, others will be full length. It's hard to do a full length formal if all you brought was your tennis shoes.
Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on a dark background. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some of both, bring both.
Seniors: If you're doing an outdoor session, most locations do NOT have places to change, but if you wear a layered outfit, you can add or drop a piece for a different look.
If at all possible, group your outfits ON HANGERS. Don't bring your clothes stuffed in a bag and then wonder why they're wrinkled.
Make sure your clothing flatters you. If you think you have large arms, be careful of sleeveless styles - they make your arms look fuller.
Wild to Mild. We don't really tell you what you can and cannot wear. A little sexy is OK, but don't make ALL your outfits that way. Our philosophy is as long as it's PG, we're OK with it.
CLOTHES FOR BLACK AND WHITE
The black and white look that is so popular is best with black clothing...the contrast between the skin and the black is what makes them dramatic.
Makeup should be only slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with "sparkles" in it...in a photo it creates a little white spot that almost looks like a zit! Also avoid makeup with SPF - it creates a shine.
Avoid changing your hairstyle right before your session, let it be natural. Quick and easy hairstyle changes during your session are encouraged.
Keep it simple. We want the attention to be on you!
Most glasses glare! Some more than others.
Bring 'em!! Bring props that define who you are. Some popular choices are sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, vehicles and pets.
WEATHER FOR OUTDOOR PORTRAITS
Lets face it, we're at the mercy of the elements here. If it rains, no worries...we'll simply reschedule. Don't worry about clouds - they can actually HELP! But rain falling or extreme wind is a problem. Most outdoor sessions are scheduled in the late afternoon (the last couple of hours of light is amazing for portraits), but in the spring we often get afternoon thunderstorms then as well...
Just let me know if you want tattoos to show or not...it's that easy. Scars are NOT automatically retouched, but often can be removed or softened at your request.
Please wear appropriate foundation wear for each outfit, flesh colored is the best you can hope for, also if you need a strapless, bring one. Tucking the straps down usually shows and looks bad. With todays fabrics, you will want to carefully select these pieces.
FINGER & TOE NAILS
Nails show! If the paint is chipped off, it will show. Many casual shots are done barefoot, so don't forget about your toes! Avoid really bright colors, natural or basic works best.
If you show up late or not ready, you'll have less time in front of the camera...