What to wear
Have your clothing chosen in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable. What do your dream family photos look like? If they are soft and elegant you can chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal’s, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors with bold accent colors, such as hues of grey with yellow or bright red accents. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.
Creating image variety is essential for a successful portrait session. A great way to do this is by making simple wardrobe changes. Consider bringing additional outfits to your session to switch things up. I suggest having options such as a dressy look (e.g. cocktail dress or suit), a casual look (e.g. jeans and a vintage tee) and maybe something in between (e.g. jeans with high heels or dress shoes). Be sure that each look has the same level of “dressiness”; for instance, the first set of outfits could consist of a button-up shirt, blazer and jeans for him and a Midi Dress for her and the second set of clothing could be vintage t-shirts and jeans for the couple.
Keep in mind that if it looks a little wrinkled in person, it will look extremely wrinkled on camera. Wrinkles cast shadows that are very obvious in photos. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to your session, I have a separate, private area if you wish to change. Typically, my clients make at least one wardrobe change during their session.
Makeup, Hair-DOs, and DON'TS
You can wear your hair and makeup anyway you prefer, but having your hair and makeup professionally done can add that extra oomph to your images.
A subtle application of makeup can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. I’m sure you’re absolutely wonderful at doing your own hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis but I recommend having an experienced hair and makeup professional for your portrait session, besides isn't a portrait session a great excuse for a little pampering?
Please don't forget to moisturise! Dry skin can really detract from a great photo and ensuring that any area that will be exposed to the camera is properly manicured and moisturised will go a long way. Pay special attention to your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, and legs. Speaking of moisturising, I also suggest bringing a fresh lip balm or lipstick for quick touch-ups.
Failure to make your appointment
If you are unable to make your appointment, please give me at least 48 hours notice. I allow one rescheduled session within 6 months of your scheduled appointment. Sessions fees are non-refundable. If you no-call no-show, your session fee is non-refundable and you will need to pay a second session fee to reserve your date.
There is a no smoking policy in our building but I have an area outside the building if you would like to go for a smoke.
I appreciate while it is very tempting to take some snaps on your mobile phone, I would like to politely ask you not to. It is part of my policy for people to not use their phones during any of my photography sessions. I like to think it will be a nice surprise for my customers to see their final results in their gallery of photos, rather than a shot taken using a mobile phone camera.