Helpful Tips and What to Wear

Here is a list of tips I put together to make your session awesome!!

 

The most common question I hear  is “what location do you suggest for my session”. This question is best answered once we discuss what “style” you are looking for from your session. I am open to just about any outdoor location.

One idea is an Urban style,  this is a session that takes place on streets, loading docks, stair cases, a cool brick wall, etc. These locations have brick and metal. The back of my studio is a great location for this as well as Ram Cat Alley to name a few.

Another idea is a more natural session.  Chau Ram and Chattoga Belle, an old barn, your Grandpas back yard are a few examples.

Please note that some locations charge a fee. For examples there is a $2.00 fee to enter Chau Ram, Chattoga Belle charges $50.00, and Botanical Gardens charges $100.00. This is a fee that you will have to pay that is not part of  your session fee.

Another suggestion is your home or if you know someone with property that suits your style.

 

I prefer to photograph families outdoors. Everyone is more comfortable and happy when they have room to breath. A happy family = beautiful photos!  

Soft natural lighting is used if possible and I never ”over” edits a photograph.  The best photographs are captured when it is done right in the camera and not over processed!

What to wear…

 

Maternity

Schedule your session when you are in your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Your belly will have a lovely, full shape.Bring your ultrasound. We can take a very special portrait of Mama and Baby.Your maternity session should include the father and other children to reflect your beautiful growing family.If you want to show your bare tummy, wear loose- fitting clothing to avoid elastic/clothing marks.Put on lotion at least an hour before your session to avoid shiny belly- look. Get a manicure or a light polish for a more finished look in a close up of your hands around your belly.Solid colored shirts focus the attention on your tummy’s shape and glowing expression.Large patterns can distract. So take caution with large floral prints, swirls, plaids and stripes.Black clothing gives you a slim silhouette.Form- fitting clothes with a little stretch will compliment your figure rather than loose clothing.Long sleeves tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps work well.If you want to show your bare belly, consider wearing a top and skirt or pants that want leave binding marks across your tummy.Choose silk or cotton fabrics as they drape beautifully around a pregnant body.Empire- waist blouses and dresses, button- up shirts, tank tops, long drawstring skirts and tie dresses can really enhance your blossoming shape.Dark jeans and black tapering yoga pants make your legs look long and slim.Pick your footwear depending on your clothing. If your toes are exposed, you might want to get a pedicure.Consider your undergarments with the style of your clothing you choose to wear. You might not want lines showing through your clothing.Accessories can enhance and personalize your style. A cheerful scarf, hip belt, sweateryou can remove or even chunky jewelry can add fun splashes of color.Think in layers!

 

 Newborn  Sessions

The best time to photograph newborns is within the fist 2 weeks, preferably within the first 10 days, while they still sleep plenty and have that newborn curl. Newborns are best captured with as little clothes as possible. Please make sure you put loose fitting clothing on your baby for a few hours before your session. We don’t want to see any elastic marks from tight fitting socks or the waistline from a cute outfit. Make sure you put the diaper on loose beforehand too- don’t want any diaper marks.Hats and headbands can be really fun for a few images. I have some but if you’ve picked up a few bring them out for your session and we can incorporate them. Since I book at least a month out (sometimes more), it is best to make your appointment before your baby arrives.

Now that we have your baby sorted out….on to you! I know I’m usually an advocate for color but newborn sessions are one place where neutral tends to be best. In general, a plain white or black shirt along with jeans or yoga pants are great for Mom. A plain tee with jeans usually works best for Dad.

 

Children &  Family Sessions

Try to think of everyone’s outfits combined as one big outfit. If you put all the pieces of clothing that all the members of your family will be wearing during the photo session in a big pile on your bed, you want the pile to be colorful and have some variety but still look pleasing all together. If you want stunning photographs you want to avoid the fad of all white and khaki pants :) !Remember color is a good thing? The more color you wear the more fun and vibrant your images tend to be.Patterns are also a good thing-especially on kids. Personally I think there is nothing cuter than a little boy in plaid shorts or little girls in polka dots.Avoid words or big logos. Your eye will immediately jump to them.Dad’s don’t wear white socks with darker pants and shoes.Another for Dad’s- take off the wristwatch. Unless your watch was specifically put on to be part of your outfit, take it off for two hours before your session.If you can’t decide between something funky and something a little more traditional, bring a change of clothes.

 

Seniors Sessions 

Bring several outfits in a variety of colors. Bring accessories for all outfits, from footwear to jewelry and hair accents. You want your face, eyes and expression to command attention not your outfit. Color is highly recommended! Avoid flesh tones becasue they make you look washed out. Girls apply make  up normally. Guys a fresh shave is recommended and be sure to trim any other facial hair. I know everyone wants to be tanned for photos, but don’t over do it. Bring items such as sports equipment, musical instruments, or hobby items. We want these photos to rock and standout from the rest of your class!

 

My final advice…. Be yourself!!! Wear what you’re comfortable in- but jazz it up a bit. If the thought of color makes you cringe, add a colorful and chunky piece of jewelry or a scarf.