Tips for a great photo session!
We want your portraits to be the best they can be and we want you to have fun during your session. Having fun is just as important as the pictures! Take a few minutes to read the following tips and make sure to read them all! Take notes and make a checklist of tips you want to be sure to remember for yourself.
Feel free to give us a quick call, text, or email with any questions prior to your session. 734-625-5809
HAIR and MAKE-UP
Make sure you get your full 8 hours of sleep the night before your session so that you look fresh and rested. Dark circles are our enemy!
Arrive with your hair ready to go and your first outfit on (something casual) and ready for your make-up appointment. It is not necessary to arrive earlier than your scheduled time.
STYLE & CLOTHES
You are not limited to the amount of clothing you bring during your session, but the more organized you are and the faster you change the more photographs we can take. Make sure you bring more than enough, if you aren’t sure of your final decisions we will help you make your final choices for the number of outfits you booked.
Bring at least one outfit that your parents love and you hate. Bring at least one outfit that you love and your parents hate …then everyone is happy!
Accessories take your session from blah to FABULOUS! We love to photograph everything from prom dresses, swimsuits, cheerleading outfits, sports gear and uniforms, raggedy jeans, novelty t-shirts, party dresses, boyfriend's jersey, bandanas, favorite college gear, baseball caps, hats, heels and boots, layers, jackets, sweaters, gloves, skirts, dresses, pants, capris and shorts, jeans, jean skirts, jeans with holes, your senior jeans, winter hats and scarves, coats with hoods and fur.
Variety is key in texture, shape, color, and style! Prints, solids or patterns are all great, just make sure you bring a mix. Bring long sleeved shirts too. Sleeveless shirts make arms looks bigger so bring long sleeves for longer looking arms. A few quick shots in a favorite winter coat, especially one with a cool furry hood is great!
Make sure everything is ironed and on hangers. Do not shove everything in a gym bag! We cannot fix wrinkles in the editing process.
Place each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit. This will save you time and we will get to shoot more if you aren’t having to untangle your necklaces or locate one missing earring.
Bring the proper undergarments for each outfit. Make sure you bring the proper bra for each top and don't forget the proper underwear if you are bringing white pants.
Your nails will show so make sure your nails are clean and manicured. Natural colored nails or French manicure is best. This way your nails go with everything. No black, no red, no bright colors!
Don't try anything new with your hair right before your session. This means color or cut and this goes for both guys and girls. One to two weeks before your session is fine. Remember to bring a comb or brush and any hair products you may need. Hair spray can be very helpful for those stray hairs that won't stay down. You are welcome to do straight and curly hair for your session providing you are really fast at making the change from one to the other.
TANNING AND SUNBURNS
Please avoid trying to get some last minute sun, either naturally or in a tanning bed. Tans photograph well, sunburns do not! Too deep of a tan will actually make your face look fuller, aged, and your skin can have a dull appearance. If you are badly sunburned or heavily peeling, especially on your face, you may need to reschedule your session.
You also need to be very careful with self tanners and spray on tans. Orange and streaky…we cannot retouch out the results of a poor application of self-spray tan or burns.
First of all…relax, there is no need to be nervous. We don’t bite and we really do want you to look your best. Make sure you browse through our galleries and plenty of magazines to get inspired to rock it out. Check out facial expressions, practice in your mirror for different looks.
Prepare and just relax and have fun! We are fun, we are goofy, we don’t bite! We’re just people, just like you… just with really big cameras.
Bring it all! Anything that shows off who you are and what you love.
Shopping bags. Sunglasses. Shoes. Purses. Books. Albums. CD. Guitar. Posters. Personal CD player. I-pod. Headphones. Bible. Uniform and sports gear. Uniforms. Cheer. Poms. Megaphone. Baseball. Bat. Glove. Helmet. Football. Cleats. Pads Dance. Volleyball. Soccer. Swimming goggles. Net. Ball. Jerseys. Shoes. Medals. Trophies. Snow Skis. Water Skis.