Photography

Planning for Your Session

Arrive Early


If you show up late or not ready, you will have less time with the camera. If you need to get ready here (hair, makeup, etc.) please arrive early enough to do so.

Clothing


• Avoid stripes, plaid, and patterns. Solid colors/tones photograph much better.
• Bring a variety of colors, don’t bring 5 red outfits even if it is your favorite color.
• Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for you own school logos and text.
• Vary the style, all one look (like t-shirts and jeans) gets boring.
• Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual.
• If you are wanting black and white “glamour” shots, wear black clothing.
• For outdoor sessions, remember our studio is close, should you need to change.

Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan complete outfits. Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. We have the option to photograph both dark and light backgrounds quickly we prefer some of both, please bring both when planning your session.
Group your outfits together on hangers. This prevents wrinkled clothing, and helps keep you looking your best. Make sure they are ironed.

Hair


Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Avoid dramatic changes to your hair in the weeks leading up to your session. Perhaps you want to finally die your hair that platinum blonde… please do this after your session to avoid dissatisfaction of your images. It is ok to show up early in curlers if you need to. Although our photographer tries to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is supposed to look like”. So make sure you like the look or let the photographer know your preferences. Hair style is ultimately your responsibility, and a very important one.

Jewelry


Best tip here, keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the real subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set in a plastic bag and hang it on the hangar with that outfit.

Props


BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, basketball, baseball, etc.), sports uniforms, and musical instruments (from school tuba to rock guitar). Activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!), vehicles and motorcycles can come to the outdoor session.

Glasses


Most glasses have some glare! Your best bet is to check with your optometrist for a “loan”, an empty set of frames similar to yours for your photo session.

Sunburn/Tanning


Avoid Sunburns! Sunburn and peeling skin never photograph well!! Tan, yes, burn, no. If you are a winter or spring session and your tan has faded, you might consider tanning. But don’t overdo it (fake-and-bake). Also, tan lines are not attractive in portraits. We suggest you vary your swimsuit top or use a tanning bed to minimize any tan marks. Tan lines in your images will only be retouched for an additional fee.

Complexion


Make-up does wonders, yes even for guys, a little touch up on blemishes makes your portraits many times better. As silly as this sounds for some, please consider the option, it can assist in your decision making when choosing portraits. Your package and print orders will be retouched to perfection.

Pets


Pets are OK as long as they are house trained. It is a good idea, to have someone else bring the pet, then leave with your pet once they are done contributing to your portraits. Another option is to bring a pet carrier to contain them while you are being photographed without them. Treats can be helpful to hold a dogs attention. You can even bring your horse to your outdoor session.

Friends and Parents


Friends or parents are welcome. You can have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.

Weather for Outdoor Portraits


Let’s face it, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. If it rains, we’ll have to reschedule. Don’t worry about clouds, they actually help. But rain falling is a problem. We will contact you within 30 minutes or more of your scheduled start time if the weather is threatening.

Tattoos, Scars, Braces, Piercings


Just let the photographer know if you want tattoos to show or not. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. If you have braces, don’t fight smiling; a braces smile is better than a “holding back a smile” look, and can be corrected later.

TIPS FOR GIRLS

Clothing styles


Be careful of baggy clothes that might make you look larger than you are. Make sure your clothing flatters you. If you think you have large arms, be careful of sleeveless styles, they can make your arms look fuller.
Wild to mild. We don’t really tell you what you can and can not wear. A little sexy is OK, but don’t make ALL of your outfits that way. We photograph everything from prom dresses to swimsuits. What one person likes may not be appropriate for the next person. Our philosophy is “as long as your parents approve, we don’t care”. But remember your yearbook may have a dress code for submitted photos.

Undergarments


It is amazing how many times someone will come in wearing flowered underwear and not realize it is a problem until they go to put on their WHITE PANTS! Or come in wearing a white bra and put on a black sleeveless shirt. Please bring appropriate foundation wear for each outfit. Flesh colored is the best. Also, if you need a strapless bra, bring one. Tucking the straps down usually shows and looks bad with regular clothes. With today’s thin fabrics, carefully select these pieces so you can’t see unsightly lines.

Finger and toe nails


NAILS SHOW! If they have the paint all chipped off, it will show. Many casual shots are done barefoot, so don’t forget about those toes! Avoid real bright colors. Natural or basic work best. We don’t want to draw attention to your neon orange toe nails. And they may look really bad with your next outfit!

Makeup


Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. About like you might wear in the evening. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps. So if your mascara is old and clumpy, replace it first.

TIPS FOR GUYS

Clothing


Remember, if mom gets her nice shot, she is much cooler on letting you get what you want! So make her happy and keep her off both of our cases. Bring the right shoes for the outfits. Docs or sandals photograph much better than big, bright tennis shoes. Bring a dark t-shirt to wear under dark shirts. A white t-shirt triangle under a dark shirt sticks out like a sore thumb. so bring a black or gray. The white t-shirt is for wearing under light shirts and your tux shirt. Avoid large, bold brand names or words on clothing. Already, a few big names from just a few years ago, you would not be caught dead wearing now. No need to make your portraits advertising billboards for a clothing brand.

Shaving


Please make sure you are clean shaven. Retouching stubble costs extra and is still does not look as good as a clean shave. Got a goatee that mom hates, but you love? Do your casual shots first with it on, then bring a razor and go to the restroom and shave it off for mom’s formals. Everyone is happy that way!

Hair


Be careful of changes right before your session. Bleached hair does not look as good in photographs. It is a short trend and you may find it looking real silly once the trend is gone. Natural or maybe frosted tips are better than the white, totally bleached look. You may not even have that by the end of the year.