If you're on this page you're probably thinking about having a photo session (or you already have one scheduled) and you're not sure where to begin. You've come to the right place! I'm not much of a "blogger" (my kids all think I'm too old and lame for that!), but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give everyone a few tips before their portrait session.
What should we wear?
This is certainly one of the most frequently asked questions by my clients. The answer is quite simple believe it or not! Wear what you feel comfortable in. There are some guidelines that everyone has heard at one point or another (no stripes, no logos etc etc), but sometimes it's OK to not listen to them ;) It depends on the type of portrait you're going for and your comfort level. Keep in mind that stripes and logos tend to take the focus off of you, the gorgeous subject, and in a few years those clothing choices may be outdated. BUT...
the most important thing is that you feel AWESOME about yourself and you feel comfortable in the clothing you choose!
When choosing what to wear for your session with your significant other and/or family it's a good rule of thumb that you do not have to match each other completely, but you should look like you belong together in the same group. "But what does that MEAN?" you may ask. It just means that you should wear like-colors when having your photos taken with others. Everyone should wear the same tones, be a part of the same color palette. Examples are: earth tones, vibrant or pastel etc.
So to recap:
These are YOUR photographs and if you feel uncomfortable in the clothes you're wearing it will show. You should wear something that makes you feel CONFIDENT in how you look that day
Make sure if you're having your photos done with others you look like you belong in the same group.
Choosing a location & props
My absolute favorite type of session is on-location portrait sessions. There's just something about the natural sunlight that really brings out people's natural beauty! Everybody has a different taste in photographs. Whether your preference is in-studio in front of a backdrop, or on-location somewhere YOU feel is beautiful or means something to you, be sure that what you're choosing is something that you'll be happy with for years to come.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a place that is super elaborate if that's not really your style. My favorite places to photograph are usually in parks because of all the different options they offer in a small area.
The more options we have for locations while photographing, the more options you'll have to choose from when all is said and done!
As far as props go it really depends on your taste in photographs. Typically I'm not one for much propping. I lean more toward simple photographs capturing personalities and relationships (also known as lifestyle and photojournalistic-type portraiture.) However sometimes it does just make sense to use some props and JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT! If you do choose to prop the possibilities are endless, so take care to think about it before committing to it.
Here's a list of a few things it's always good to bring (especially for on-location sessions):
Makeup for touch-ups
A bottle of water for everyone who will be photographed
Hairspray or product for spritzing (to take care of those fly-aways!)
Small snacks (especially if there will be younger children)
If you have small children it's also great to remember to bring:
Your diaper bag with baby wipes, extra bottles, a change of clothes extra blankies
A special stuffy or toy that would comfort and entertain your little one
So that concludes my first blog post!
It really wasn't that bad! If you have a few minutes you can go and check out my Portrait Portfolio to take a look at what some of my clients have chosen for everything I talked about here today, and let me know your thoughts on clothing choices, locations and props in the comments below!