The next step after you book a session with me, is to discuss what to bring with you to your session. There are no set rules, but I do have some guidelines. Here is what I advise my clients on what to bring with them to the session:
- Apparel – generally speaking, the camera does not like anything with strips (horizontal or vertical). I shy away from big prints, as I want the focus to stay on your faces, and do not want the very cool shirt you are wearing to take attention away from you. I love colors and I think they photograph beautifully. A solid color shirt that compliments your complexion can illuminate a photo beautifully. The classic black is always a winner, as is the clean white. It all depends on the location (studio vs. the outdoors) and the purpose of your portrait. If you have a shirt, or an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it – it’s probably a good idea to bring with you to the session. I always tell my clients to bring more than options they need – it’s better to have more to choose from than not enough. And then I always laugh, as one after another my clients show up at my doorstep with a suitcase – makes me wonder what my neighbors are thinking…
- Hair and makeup – it’s a great idea to have your makeup done professionally before the photo session, and I highly recommend it. With that said, it is an additional expense to take into consideration. You can find makeup artist in the department stores. I have a few professional makeup artists I work with who will do a wonderful job not only to make you look better, but also to make you feel better. Professional makeup is also good for men portraits as it eliminates the shine on the face and head. Hair style is also important. You want to get a haircut not more than one week before the session – give your hair time to adjust and fall naturally. If you style your hair a certain way do not change it right before the session – you may not like it. If you want to have more than one hair style for your photos, and want to ensure your hair is perfect for the session, invest in a hair & makeup artist – it will be worth it.
- What else to bring? – Well, anything that pertains to the session. I once had a realtor come to the studio for a headshot on a rainy day. After we shot the traditional headshot, I asked her to take a few pictures with her umbrella – it matched her outfit perfectly! Guess which was her favorite photo of the session? Bring anything that will tell your story better, from your dog, to a necklace that is meaningful to you. At the end of the day, this is your portrait, to reflect this point and time in your life – how would you like to remember it?