Portrait Tips

Tips for an Outstanding Portrait Session

Arrive Early
If you are scheduled from 3:00 – 4:30 and show up late or not ready, you will have less time for photography. Please make sure your hair makeup and clothing are all ready when you arrive.

First of all, AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Solids photograph much better! Also bring a variety of color, don’t bring 5 blue outfits even if it’s your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for your own school logo. Vary the style…all one look (like tanks) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some med um and some casual.
Our new sessions let you do unlimited clothing changes with in your time period. This means if you change fast, you get more variety. If you spend all day dressing, you get less time in front of the camera. Most people can get 4-5 looks per hour…more if you are change quickly. We suggest you bring more outfits than what you think we will use so we have more to pick from.
Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely. It’s hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was old tennis shoes.
Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some of both, bring some of both.
Group your outfits together ON HANGERS. It’s amazing how many people come in with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are wrinkled! Make sure they are ironed.

Avoid changing your hairstyle, color or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but make it quick or you lose camera time. Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be. It’s ok to show up early in curlers if you need to. Hair style is ultimately your responsibility.

Best tip here, keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the real subject…you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a Ziploc bag and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.

BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: sports equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, sports uniforms, etc…), music instruments (drum sticks, guitars, cello, saxophone, etc…), and activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!). Motorcycles and cars are definitely on-location props (make sure they are as clean as you can get them…unless you have a grungy old truck!).

Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions glare more than others. Many seniors don’t were their glasses at all times. If this is the case you may opt to take them off for some or all of your session. Another very good option is to check with your optometrist about an empty loaner pair of glasses. Most will “loan” you an empty set of frames similar to yours for your photo session.

AVOID SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well!! Slightly tan skin photographs much better than burned skin. If you are a winter or spring session and your tan has faded, you might consider tanning, but don’t overdo it.

We retouch blemishes, so don’t worry about minor breakouts. Extreme cases may require some extra retouching work and therefore a slight additional cost.

Pets are OK as long as they are house broken. It’s a good idea for someone to bring a pet then leave with them after the pet shots are done. Or you may bring a pet carrier to contain them while you are being photographed without them. Treats can be helpful to hold a dog’s attention.

Friends and Parents
A friend or parent is welcome. Often, they can be a great help. HOWEVER, if they distract you, it’s best to have them wait in another room or elsewhere in the park. You can have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge, but this session is about you.

Weather and outdoor sessions
Mother Nature’s unpredictable. If it rains, don’t worry about it, we simply have to reschedule. Clouds aren’t a problem, they actually help! Rain, however, is a problem. We will take your phone numbers and call you if we need to reschedule due to weather, otherwise, we are on!

Tattoos, Scars and Braces
Just let the photographer know if you want tattoos to show or not. It’s that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. Braces? Don’t worry. You could have the tops taken off for your photo session, or we can digitally remove them for a slight fee. Don’t resist smiling. A smile with braces is better than the strange look while holding back that great smile of yours!

We look forward to having a fun and fantastic session with you in the near future.



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