The following will help you prepare for and make important decisions about your photo shoot. Clothing choice makeup, and location are all considered. Planning is a collaboration so please share your ideas so I can help bring your vision to life. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Props are an excellent way to personalize your session. If you have your graduation Cap n Gown, trophies, glitter, smoke bombs, balloons, bubbles, a favorite bicycle, instrument, sports gear, dance, cheer, sorority/fraternity uniforms, sunglasses, books, suitcases, your vintage car, suitcase, chalkboard, kayak, etc., please be sure to bring them for a unique look. Make sure you mention in your questionnaire so I can tailor these items to your session
MISCELLANEOUS: Bring makeup, hair styling tools, etc to freshen up before and during the shoot. Get plenty of sleep the night before to avoid tired eyes. Arrive 10 minutes early for any last minute relaxing or hair and clothing adjustments Moisturize the skin (lotion). Bring visine if your eyes tend to redden. Bring water to stay hydrated
Choose colorful outfits that feel great on you and reflect your style and personality. Outfit suggestions: formal, casual, prom dress, cap and gown, sports or extracurricular uniform. Clothes should be clean, ironed,and well fitted. Undergarments (including bra straps) should not be noticeable. Avoid outfits with busy patterns, stripes, logos, photos or wording. For groups, pick complimentary colors. Solid bright or medium dark colors work best outdoors. However, avoid fluorescent/neon colors. Short shorts and tight skirts will limit your poses. For full figures, longer sleeves and V-Neck tops work well. Try on outfits beforehand to ensure they fit and look great . Pinterest is a great place to check for ideas. Let me know if you need help or suggestions.
Jewelry, scarves, jackets, headbands, hats, vests, cardigans or any clothing with layers or texture help add interest and dimension.
Consider having your hair professionally styled. However we suggest not attempting new styles that may leave you unhappy and unprepared. Shaving should be done at least 3 hours prior to avoid redness.
Consider having your makeup professionally applied. A little makeup goes a long way to enhance your natural beauty and make your photos stand out. Wear a light coat of foundation ensuring the face and upper body are the same complexion. Lip gloss, mascara, and light blush will add glow to the face. Avoid glitter. Bring a hand towel for oily or sweaty skin.
As your hands (and possibly toes) will show in photos, please be sure they are clean and manicured with no chipping paint.
If you plan to tan, please do so at least 3 days prior to the shoot to avoid redness and peeling skin.
Don’t worry about a few blemishes. Those will be removed during retouching. Scars, birthmarks, and severe acne will be mildly reduced but not removed. If you desire removal, please make me aware.
If you do not have anti-glare glasses, please consider some photos with and without glasses.
Braces will not be removed from proofs. They can be removed from some prints upon request for a fee.
Soft expressions are best. Try practicing in the mirror to get ready for your big day. This may feel silly but trust me, it prepares you! Otherwise, just be yourself and let's have some fun.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture these precious moments in time for your family. It truly means the world to me and I know your photographs will create unforgettable memories for generations to come. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make our time together go smoothly.