After finding a photographer that’s right for you, and deciding on a great location, preparing well for your session is the most important thing you can do to create images you will love. I created this guide to help you think through all the little details.
Decide on your wardrobe well before the day of your shoot. Getting this out of the way early will reduce any last-minute stress. Trust me! Frazzled is NOT a great look for your portraits! When you’ve decided what you’ll be wearing, you’ll be able to relax and look forward to your session.
You are the Star
Let’s make sure YOU are the focus of your portraits! Dress in a style that reflects who you are and make it your best you! Dress a little nicer than you normally would. Lean toward soft and muted colors, earth tones or neutrals. Stay away from bright colors and reflective material. They distract from (and reflect onto) your beautiful face and they don’t photograph or print well. Unless they tell a story about you, avoid logos, text and overly busy patterns that would compete for attention in your photos.
Coordinate vs. Match
For couples and families, matching outfits are out of style, but a coordinated look is on trend! Select a few colors you love that go well together or select one color and have each person wear different shades and patterns of it. Solids make a great base, and adding a pattern or two can bring them together really well.
Pinterest is a great source for outfit ideas. Check out some of my boards to get you started. Then create your own board to gather ideas you love.
If you have questions about your selections, your photographer will be happy to assist. Give me a call or email me some photos. Share your Pinterest board with me to let me know what you’re thinking!
A Great Fit
Wear clothing that fits you well. You don’t want it too tight or too baggy. If it’s uncomfortable in any way, don’t wear it for your session! Choose items that allow you to move comfortably whether sitting or standing.
Ladies, those wonderful smoothing undergarments are amazing to help every article of clothing lay just right. I want you looking and feeling confident, not worrying about clothing malfunctions.
Pinterest can help you find style ideas, seasonal trends and tips on how to dress for your body shape.
Head to Toe
Always dress with the full length in mind. Include shoes and socks in your wardrobe considerations. Family members may want to bring comfortable slip-on walking shoes to keep your good shoes clean while walking from spot to spot at your photo location.
All The Details
Hair & Makeup
Consider pampering yourself by having your hair and make-up professionally done. This can give you a real boost and help you relax! If you’re more comfortable doing it yourself that’s fine! What’s important is that you feel confident & beautiful and love how you look!
Bring your outfit together with a scarf, jewelry or even a fun hat. Add sunglasses, a jacket or cardigan. These are great ways to both change up your outfit during your session and showcase your personality and style! Accessories can add fun posing opportunities as well!
Avoid last minute stress by trying on your outfits a week to a few days before your session. Make sure everything fits great, is clean, and that all accessories and details are ready for game-time! This gives you time to change your plan, wash clothing or go shopping if needed.
Check your outfits in good light (preferably daylight) in a full length mirror to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises later. Last, but far from least… please don’t assume I can fix clothing problems in photoshop.
Your session date is finally here! You don’t have to stress – you’ve prepared well! Now allow yourselves plenty of extra time to style yourself, get the kids ready and travel.
I recommend planning to arrive for your session a little early. That way, if it takes longer to get ready or you get held up in traffic we can still get started on time. If you do arrive early, you can take advantage of a few extra moments of relaxation before we begin.