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Preparing for Your Session What to Wear Tips 1-3 Outfits that are All About You
Start With One Piece and Work Around it
My motto is â€œKeep it Simple.â€? Pick outfits that represent who you really are. The less you worry about your outfits, the more you can focus on having fun at your session! And yes, it will be fun!
Pick one piece of the outfit or an accesory and then work everything else around that. Working one at a time makes this part less stressful and helps outfits be more cohesive.
Having a palette of 2-3 colors can help you narrow down the outfit choices. And creating a cohesive color palette in all our outfits, if you are doing more than one, will help all your photos create a stunning gallery,
Mix Solids and Patterns or add an accessory
Avoid Neon Colors and Ball Caps
Make Sure They are Comfortable
Do a combination of solids and patterns, but try to avoid having too many patterns. Patterns or adding an accessory can help create texture in your photos.
When someone is wearing a neon or extremely bright color, it reflects onto that person, and things around them. And ball cap style hats can cause very dark shadows on the face.
Pick a Color Palette
If a lyou are uncomfortable in an outfit, it can cause you to be self-conscious. When you are comfortable, and love what you are wearing, it will make the session go smoother
Make Sure You Are in the Right Mindset This one can be really hard! But when you are getting ready for a session, keeping things relaxed will make sure the session goes nice and smooth. It can be hard to enjoy your session and have a genuine smile if you are stressed out. Planning ahead by making sure all clothes are ready and you have plenty of time to get ready will help!
Give yourself plenty of time to leave and get to the location. We all know that anything can happen, and one explosive diaper can make you run behind!
Just Relax! I want you to have fun at the session! Be goofy, dance, sing, whatever you love to do. You donâ€™t have to worry about looking at the camera the whole time. I will still make sure to get those photos of you looking ahead for grandmaâ€™s fridge, but I promise you will love the ones of you being yourself the most. Trust me to make sure your photos look great, and you just focus on enjoying the moment.
What To Expect During The Session I usually start with the simple poses and let you get used to the camera. Don’t worry if these ones don’t turn out or you don’t have a real smile yet, just think of these as a warm up! I will use some pretty silly prompts sometimes to help get those genuine smiles, or even some good serious faces. So don’t be surprised if I ask you to flirt with some make believe person behind me. It’s okay though, I promise not to judge your flirting skills if you promise not to judge my goofy prompts. I’ll do a combination of posed and candid shots throughout, but if there is anything specific you want to try that I don’t usually do, please just let me know! All I ask is that you trust me!
Receiving Your Photos After I finish editing your photos, I will upload them to an online gallery. Once they complete uploading, I will send you an email, like the one to the left, with a link to your gallery. Make sure to read the accompanying email as it will have instructions and helpful tips for your gallery, as well as a few reminders. Your gallery will look a bit like the gallery to the right. It is where you can view, download individual photos or all the photos, share the entire album or individual photos, as well as purchase prints and canvases!
Paying for Your Session When I first email you your contract and questionnaire, at the end you will have paid the invoice either by credit card, or by clicking “mail a check.” To pay for the remainder of the session, you may access that same email, or I will be sending you another email shortly before your session. You may pay in advance, or if you would like to pay by check or cash at the time of your session, simply click the “mail a check” option again. If you have any questions regarding payment, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Ordering Photos While you are more than welcome to print at other places, I highly suggest printing from the lab connected to your gallery. In your gallery, each photo will have a shopping cart icon, or there is a “Buy All” button at the top. When you click the icon, a menu will pop up on the side with the different printing options, and you can pay right from the gallery as well. Then they will be shipped straight to you! If there is a product you don’t see that you have in mind, please just send me a message!
Leave a Review If you love your photos as much as I do, a review will mean the world to me! I love being able to see clients feedback and it also helps future clients! You can leave a review on Facebook or on Google. If there is anything that I can do to help make the experience better, please feel free to send me an email. I am always looking for ways to make your session be an exciting time for everyone!
T h a n k Yo u !
Every client is special to me and I look forward to every session! It means the world to me that you have trusted me to take your senior portraits. Just know that by hiring me, you are helping me support my family and follow my dreams. I truly donâ€™t think of this as a job, and I go into every session planning on making new friends. So thank you for welcoming me into your life if just for a little while. I hope this guide helps you be more prepared for your session and covered any questions you might have.