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I want this experience to be a fun and pleasant one. I also want your photos to represent who you are. There are a couple things that you can do to help us to get the very best photos that we can.
What to wear: When considering the styling, start out with a basic color palette and go from there. Bring clothes and accessories that represent you. Select a few color pops to coordinate with some softer tones or neutrals.
Accessories like scarves, hats, jewelry, sweaters, jackets can add substantially to the feel of a photo. Choose your accent colours and fill in outfits with those punches of colour. Avoid anything with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc. These tend to take the look of a professional portrait down a few notches, can be distracting and can date a photo quickly.
While trying to stay current and fashionable, do avoid obvious trends that will be dated soon. You can do fashion forward while still remaining timeless.
Plenty of rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot. I've added some other tips below, it may be tough to fully address all the items on this list before your session, but accomplishing even some of these will have a great impact on the results.
1. Any and All clothing you intend to wear should be clean, ironed and laid out the night before. Wrinkle-free clothing will help make your image much better.
2. Eat! Be sure to eat something before you leave for your session so you're not hungry during the shoot. I can't stress this enough. You will look better, be more focused, and have the energy throughout the shoot. This is especially important for children. A great idea would be to bring crackers, nutrition bar, etc; but stay away from chocolate or colored items/drinks, etc. You wouldn't want to color the lips, tongue, and teeth or dirty the clothing.
3. Make-up: You want to achieve a natural even skin tone. If you want some instruction on makeup or would like a makeup artist, please don't hesitate to ask.
4. Fingers and toes should be clean and groomed. Nails should be a natural color (nude, french, light-pink, etc) for model/actor head shots and portfolios; and any color for portraits, etc. Although, for all, you want to be careful your nail color doesn't detract from you and your face as the primary subject. The focus of a viewer naturally gravitates first to loud vibrant colors, then secondly to the rest of the photo.
5. For men, all facial hair should be groomed. If you wish to have a few 'rough' shots and then shave to include a few shots with a smoother look, please bring your shaving kit and mention this to the photographer before the shoot.
6. Facials and haircuts should be done a week or so before the shoot date.
7. For all, be sure eyebrows are groomed and lips are not dry. If necessary, please bring a lip balm/moisturizer with you. Moist lips always look better.
8. Come hair-ready and bring a brush, comb, etc for touching up during the shoot. Hair and Make-up professionals are recommended for best results and are available for an additional cost.
9. Wardrobe: A good rule-of-thumb is to try and wear clothing that doesn't detract from your face: Your clothes should be free of logos. You would also want to stay away from large busy prints and loud vibrant colors, . Similar to nails, loud colors usually command the viewer's attention, etc.
10. I will put this tip on it's own bullet point as it is so important. Be sure all clothes are lint and hair free as much as possible
If you see ideas online that really attract your attention, feel free to email those or bring those clipping or phone pics to your session. How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight helping meet and exceeding your expectations. Never hesitate to share your ideas with me.