Photo session tips. Things to know before you arrive for your photo shoot.
ARRIVE EARLY – If you show up late or not ready, you will have less time in front of thecamera. If you need to get ready here (hair, makeup, etc.) please arrive earlyenough to be ready by your start time.
CLOTHING – First of all AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Solid colors photograph much better!Also bring a variety of color, don’t bring 5 blue outfits even if it is yourfavorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for your ownschool logo. Vary the style, all one look gets boring. Vary the dress level,bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do oneor two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff YOU like.
Oursessions let you do a number of looks within your time period. This means ifyou change fast, you get more variety. Most people can get 3-4 looks per hour. Moreif you are quick and work easy. We suggest you bring double what you think wewill do so we have more to pick from.
Someshots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely. It is hardto do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was big old tennisshoes. Also remember, as a general rule,light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look betteron darker backgrounds. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some ofboth, bring some of both.
Groupyour outfits together ON HANGERS. It is amazing how many people come in withclothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are wrinkled! Make surethey are ironed.
HAIR – Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session.Let it be natural. Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, butmake it quick or you loose camera time. Bring your hair care tools and productswith you if need be. It IS ok to show up early in curlers if you need to. Although our photographer tries to help withhair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like”. So makesure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Hair styleis ultimately YOUR responsibility.
TATTOOSand SCARS – Just let the photographer know if you want tattoos to show or not. It is that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened atyour request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge.
JEWELRY – best tip here, keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelryor bold accessories can distract from the real subject, YOU. If you havedifferent jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in aplastic baggie and hang it on the hangar with that outfit.
PROPS – BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choicesare: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, hurdle, whatever),sports uniforms, music instruments (from school tuba to rock guitar),activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!). Vehicles are also welcome!
GLASSES – Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions more than others. Your best bet is tocheck with your optometrist. Most will loan you an empty set of frames similarto yours for your photo session.
SUNBURN/TANNINGAVOID SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well!! Tan, yes,burn, no. If you are a winter or spring session and your tan has faded, you mightconsider tanning. But don’t overdue it so you look too fake-and-bake.
PETS – Pets are OK as long as they don’t bite the photographer
FRIENDS & PARENTS – Friends or parents are welcome. They can be a help. HOWEVER, if they distractyou, it is best to have them wait in the gallery. You can have a couple ofshots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.
WEATHER FOR OUTDOOR PORTRAITS – Let’s face it, we are at the mercy of mother nature. If it rains, no frettingwill do anything about it, we simply have to reschedule. Don’t worry aboutclouds, they actually HELP! But rain falling IS a problem. If it is a morning session,we will take your phone number home and call you if we need to cancel due toweather, otherwise, we are on! If it is a daytime and the weather isquestionable, simply call.