TIPS FOR YOUR BIG DAY Being well prepared for your photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to looking your best. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me. MINDSET Have fun! We’re going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time. Relax. We like to think we’re rather cool and easy to get along with. Plus, we help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you. HAIR Schedule haircuts and salon visits up to three weeks before your photo session. You want to be comfortable with your style. We’ve found hair worn down will be more flattering than hair worn up. But if you love your hair up, bring what you need to style it at your session. Some women choose to go get a blow out and hair style before arriving at the studio. Although we try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Better yet, bring your best friend with you for the session and he or she can help. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility. Any hair changes during the session should be quick and simple so you have as much camera time as possible. Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups. Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle right before your photo session. This could add unneeded drama to your life. You are welcome to see a professional stylist before the session, but please be assured you are comfortable with the results. We will not do retakes for bad hair days. MAKEUP Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best. Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color. Makeup helps a lot, but we do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. We have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and understand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouching. If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones. CLOTHING FOR EVERYONE Visit any of our galleries for clothing tips for your session. We recommend that you choose simple, textured apparel that reflect your personality. For example: jeans, layered hand knits, corduroy, and wraps with a loose weave. Avoid clothes with strong patterns, logos, high-contrast stripes or bright neon colors. Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go. Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller. Avoid stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns. FOR SENIORS AND PORTRAITS You’re unique and beautiful. Follow our guidelines but be yourself in how you dress. Be fashionable. Wear clothing that’s stylish and put a lot of thought into your choices. This is a unique opportunity and we want you to look amazing! Bring extra wardrobe changes, the more outfits we have to choose from, the better. This will give us flexibility in matching your clothing to backgrounds and the surroundings. Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to photograph and the more photo choices you’ll have later. Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual. If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks. FOR FAMILIES AND GROUPS We love a bit of pattern sprinkled in among your family and group shots. Make sure you choose three to four colors and have everyone stick to those shades so that the family's clothes coordinate together. ACCESSORIES I WEAR GLASSES, DO I NEED TO REMOVE THEM FOR PHOTOS? Avoid wearing TRANSITION lenses to your photo shoot. The lighting will turn them into sunglasses. If you wear glasses outdoors, there is often reflections which require complex retouch charges to fix. If you are very partial to your glasses, you may want to consider having your optician remove the lenses before your session or lend you a pair of frames without lenses in them. JEWELRY Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you. PROPS They’re great! Bring props that help show who you are. Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.) Sports uniforms Musical instruments Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.) OTHER FRIENDS AND PARENTS Friends or parents are welcome and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge. WEATHER Don’t worry about clouds because they actually even out the light and make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to reschedule.

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