Recommendations for producing quality photos from your portrait session
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
No writing, busy graphics
or large logos on clothes
No fine stripes or strong patterns
No black tops or strong colours
(can be exceptions)
No matching outfits
No tight or baggy clothing
No rubber thongs
WHAT TO WEAR
Consider where the shoot
will take place and dress to suit the backdrop, for example:
Forest & Park Locations
Earthy and muted tones
Light colours are best
but strong colours also work
Family & Group Portraits
Coordinate colour schemes,
try to avoid clashing.
HAIR & MAKEUP
Keep makeup simple and natural
unless booking a Glamour Session.
If you expect to look perfect in your photos, book professional hair and makeup artists prior to your portrait session.
Avoid SPF in moisturisers, foundations
and translucent powders that cause
a 'flashback' effect
Think about the style of photos you want to receive
Communicate any special wishes
Feel free to send visual examples prior to your session
We all have parts of our body that we don't love, please let me know of anything that troubles you, I can try different techniques and angles to create photos that will make you happy.
First time nerves... everyone feels nervous and stiff at the beginning of a shoot, it's normal. It's our aim to make you comfortable and enjoy your portrait photography session.
Yes, it will be enjoyable... I usually instruct all my clients not to worry about the first shots, generally they are not keepers anyway. The longer the session progresses the more comfortable you will become in front of the lens, that's when we capture the best shots.
Smiling... I will not tell you to smile, especially not to kids. It's important for parents not to push children to smile, what parents can do is tell us what their kids enjoy, hobbies or interests. We can use this to help produce natural expressions.
Snacks for kids... If your shoot involves kids it's a good idea to bring snacks (non-messy), a snack break can be a welcomed distraction and give everyone time to relax before continuing the session.