There are a lot of things to consider before heading to a photoshoot. Whether it’s a family session outdoors, or a newborn session in studio, there are a few things I would like you to consider.
Coordinate your outfit. If you are doing a session outdoors, especially in the winter, it’s nice to wear something to add a splash of colour to your images. Also coordinate with others who will be in your photos with you. Some members may be in long sleeves and others in sleeveless. This can tend to look awkward in some shots. It’s also a good idea to make sure your outfits compliment each other’s in colour. You don’t necessarily have to all arrive in the same colour though. Check out Pinterest for some great colour coordinating ideas.
Wardrobe change. Whether in studio or outdoors, it’s nice to bring a jacket or sweater that can come off for a different look. I definitely encourage this for portrait sessions. For example: A nice suit jacket for the more professional look, and a nice top underneath for a more relaxed look. You’d be surprised at what your favourites might be when your photos come back to you.
What not to wear. You do not want to wear dirty, wrinkled or linty clothes. If you have pets who’s fur follows you out the door, you may want to pack a lint roller with you. It’s also a bad idea to wear a printed t-shirt, or a shirt with a loud pattern. Solid colour or subtle patterns are the way to go. I also don’t recommend coming to a group/family photoshoot with a hat on, unless everyone is wearing a hat. If it can be removed without you stressing about your hair, then go for it!
Be Comfortable! Be sure you feel good in what you’re wearing, because if you don’t, it may show in your photos. I can't express this enough for outdoor, winter sessions! If your family arrives under-dressed for the weather, it will be hard to find those natural smiles. Dress warm and have fun!
Glam and Groom. I especially want to encourage this for in studio headshots, as they are up close and in fantastic lighting. Moisturize your skin and your lips. Pluck those unwanted hairs (yes, we all have those!). And take a little extra time on your hair and make-up (if that’s your preference). Please keep in mind, I can retouch your photos as well, so don’t stress about that pesky pimple, stubborn scar, or unexpected bump or bruise. Just make sure to ask about blemish removal.
Bring on the bribe! Yes, I said it; I am all about bribing kids when necessary. When bringing your children to a photo session, sometimes they need a little incentive to stay put for the photos. I will do my best to keep your children happy and smiling, but if you give them something to look forward to at the end of the session, this can work magic sometimes.
Newborn Sessions. You have just brought your new little bundle of joy home from the hospital and are ready to capture some precious memories. To ensure the best experience possible, please remember these tips. Call and set up a time as soon as you can after baby is born! Ideally, as long as baby is in good health, you want to bring him/her for photos between 4-10 days old. When you are packing to come to your photo shoot, be sure to bring him/her over in a comfortable outfit that is easy to take off. If baby is sleeping when you arrive, we don't want to have to wake him/her. If you have a favourite outfit, feel free to bring it. If baby takes a soother, bring one. I have props and outfits here, so don't feel pressured to bring your own. You will also want to wear something neutral yourself if you will be in the photos. Also, dress cool, as I keep the studio very warm to keep naked babies happy. Before you come, your job is to try and bring your baby feeling very tired. So either feed before you come, or plan to feed baby when you arrive.
My main goal is to have you enjoy your experience and to look and feel incredible in every image we produce. So if you take my tips into consideration, we’re off to a great start!