Session Tips

HS Seniors Portraits:

Senior portraits are one of the most important photo shoots of your life, so it’s important to take some time to prepare for them. By following a few basic tips and suggestions you’ll be on track for some great portraits that capture this unique and important time in your life!

 Clothing

  • Bring several of your favorite outfits! Something dressy, something casual. Long sleeves and solid colors look best in portraits. If you’re not sure, just bring it. It’s better to have options.
  • Try to avoid large patterns and logos so that we draw the viewer’s attention to your face.
  • Colors that are similar in tone with the background or setting that you’re being photographed in create color & tone harmony in the image and again, draw the viewer to your face. Also, be sure your clothes are ironed and on hangars, not stuffed in a gym bag (guys).
  • Complete your outfits with matching shoes, socks and accessories like jewelry or hats, but keep accessories subtle if possible so they don’t dominate the image.
  • If you have sports uniforms etc., bring those. In fact, any props (from hobbies, sports etc.) that help tell the story of you, should be included.

 Girls

  • Style your hair before you come to the session. Choose a style you feel comfortable in, and bring a comb or brush for last-minute fixes. We don’t suggest trying a new style just before your session, in case it doesn’t turn out well.
  • Bring your make-up along for touch-ups. We will custom edit and retouch, but it’s always best to take a little time and get it right in person.
  • Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before your shoot so you don’t look or feel tired.

 Guys

  • Get your haircut a week or so before so that it has time to grow back to a normal length and so you don’t show tan lines etc.
  • Style your hair before you come to the session. Choose a style you feel comfortable in, and bring a comb or brush for last-minute fixes.
  • Trim your nails and get a fresh shave, especially if mom likes you clean shaven.
  • Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before your shoot so you don’t look or feel tired.

 Remember, more people will see your senior portraits than just about any other portraits you ever have made, so it’s worth  a little extra time & preparation!

Family & Childrens Portraits:

Clothing – It is important to choose outfits that will make pleasing portraits, and be consistent with the style of portrait you are planning. Remember that busy patterns, stripes and bright colors are distractions from the focal point: the face, or faces in the portrait. Color coordination creates harmony. While all clothing does not have to match, the colors should be similar in tone, so that one person will not dominate the scene. The viewer’s eyes are drawn to where the most contrast in the image is, so eliminating contrasting colors & tones helps draw the viewer’s eyes to the subject(s) face(s). Dark clothing tends to minimize apparent body size, while light shades do the opposite. Clothing tones should also be similar to the tones in the setting where you will be photographed, again, in order to draw the viewers attention to the subjects face versus any contrasting elements in the image. Long sleeves are best for adults and older children. If you expect to display a full size wall portrait, we suggest letting us help you design all aspects of the portrait whether formal or casual, from the setting to the clothing and everything in between.

Hair Styling and Make-Up – We have found it best, especially in the case of children, not to schedule your session immediately following a haircut. A week later is usually best. Adults know when their hair looks good! Your portrait session is also NOT a good time to “try out” a new hair style. Women’s make-up should be appropriate for the clothing and portrait style desired. We encourage subtle make-up on most all girls, except for the younger girls. We will put the finishing touches on your portrait with professional retouching and enhancements to make you look your best.

 All of this information and more is discussed at the initial, no obligation, portrait design consult. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. 

 

Below are some examples of color coordination within groups as well as with the background setting.

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