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A MUST READ: How to Prepare for your Session

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Beautiful and memorable portraits don't just happen; they are carefully planned. But we can only accomplish this if we all work together. Before your portrait session please take a few moments to think about clothing and colors, which will bring everything into line for memorable and personalized results.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your portrait session.
WHAT TO WEAR:

- Dress in outfits that represent you and your family
Wear what you like.  Dress your kids in the kind of clothes they like.  This is a good chance to really show your personality.

- Keep it simple
Solid colors work well. While I like patterns, try to avoid large or bold patterns. They draw attention away from the face.  Layers are also good for adding texture to your pictures.

 - Accessorize
Accessories can really make a difference in making your pictures unique and really stand out.  Jewelry, heels, scarves, hats, tutus for kids, etc., are all examples of accessories to use.

- Coordinate
Co-ordinate your attire from head to toe, carefully selecting appropriate shoes, as we may take some full-length portraits.

- Necklines are important.
A V-neck or scoop-neck is best if your neck is short and your face full. A turtleneck or high necked is more flattering if your neck is longer and your face is slender.

- Dress everyone in the same style of clothing.
Do not mix casual and formal attire. Try not to be too matchy, matchy (Is that really a word?).
ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN:

PLEASE don't forget to bring your PATIENCE along.  I schedule sessions where I have plenty of time to take as many pictures as needed to capture your child's smile and personality.  When photographing my daughter, if I get one really, really good picture of her looking at me and smiling out of 500 pictures, I've feel like I've done good.

I want to strive to make family and child photography a fun and memorable experience for the parents and children.

PLEASE book your session around your kids naptimes.  We are wanting to capture happy times, right?!?
Children should be dressed as you like to see them and as they like to be dressed.  I used to waste money on outfits for Nick that I liked for pictures and he would never wear them again.  I have learned to dress him according to his style, not mine.  It's a good way to capture their personalities and their own sense of style.
Beware of new clothes bought "to grow into"; shirts hanging from shoulders and cuffs turned back can look untidy, better to wear an old favorite.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't warn children to behave themselves, either before or during the session, as this tends to put them under pressure and precludes us from capturing their true personality.  I promise, if you will try to make your kids laugh, they will cooperate.  Scolding them only takes away from the quality of your pictures.

I have found the best way to photograph children is in their own timing and on their standards.  If they want to run around for a bit, let them.  If they want to dance, let them.  If we work together, we can find fun ways to entertain them and catch their natural smiles when they are just having fun.

NEVER tell your child to smile, they will just pull that funny expression, which you know only too well and most certainly do not want hanging on your wall for all time. We will take some smiling poses as well as some quieter and more thoughtful ones, which are often more appealing. Feel free to bring along any kind of props for your children that would make them feel more comfortable.  Some examples are a favorite blanket, tutus, toys, candy, snacks, flowers, balls, riding toys, etc.

NEWBORNS:

It is recommended, that newborn pictures are taken in the first two weeks of life while they are still nice and sleepy.

 Birthday suit required. : ) Have your baby in a loose diaper for two hours prior to the shoot so there are no diaper marks and so they are used to being less clothed. On you way to the shoot have your baby in a onsie so we can disturb them less when removing clothing. Swaddling blankets and textured quilts are great.

MATERNITY

Please schedule your maternity session two months before your due date.  Those babies have been known to appear early!  Wear something to show off your beautiful curves.
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