So you have taken the first step towards getting your portraits taken, which means you have booked your session! Now the planning process begins. If you are like me, every outfit in your closet no longer works, and its off to the store for some fun new clothes. In my experience as a photographer, I would tell you do not discredit what you already have. I guarantee you that shirt you've been dying to wear, but didn't have the right occasion coming up, the time is now sister! Break it out, lets make it happen. Bring options! You can never bring too much to a photoshoot. Props are everything, clothes are everything, YOU are everything.
Here are my recommendations for what to wear or do to help you prepare:
-Do not get a haircut within two weeks of your session. There is nothing worse then a bad hair cut, am I right? If you do not like it, it decreases your likely hood of loving your portraits. I want you to shine, be confident, and rock it out! I encourage everyone to hold out on this or do it a smidge in advance. Unless of course, you know a fresh do is your style, then do you!
-Remember, I can see your socks! You are strutting your stuff, looking fly, and then you go to pose and BOOM. Bright pink, green, colorful socks appear that throw the whole theme off. Black, navy blue, gray, white, or neutral are best. Bring a few pair to know you are set!
-Do you love stripes?! Me too. If you want to look bigger, then horizontal stripes are for you! If you are curvy and want to look thinner, then vertical!
-Solid color shirts are amazing! Truthfully, if you have a crazy patterned or fluorescent shirt, it can take away from you, or your face. Solids help create beauty and color, but still let you be the star of the image.
-Props are too fun not to have! Accessories are another form of props that can help bring your portrait to life too. Scarves, jewelry, shoes, hats, layers, sports gear, books, glasses, don't hold back! If there is something that makes you you, then it needs to be here too! It only helps me to help you create portraits that show and represent who you are as a person. Do not be afraid to bring these things!
-Acne is not a break it or make it. You wake up the morning of your shoot with a new pimple, bummer. I get that. Happens to me all the time. Don't let that hold you down! The beauty is, I can remove the blemish without anyone else knowing but you and I.
-If there are multiple people, coordinate your outfits. If one is in a suit and the other in blue jeans, it doesn't make sense. Find a color palette you all agree on, and go with it! Matchy-matchy doesn't do it sometimes either though. Wear similar colors, or an outfit that accents the other. (Picture added to show an example of great color coordination!)
-Paint your nails or remove the polish! Sure I can photoshop it, but its easier for you to update before hand rather than up-charging you for the extra time is takes to adjust this post processing.
-Bring your make-up, beard balm, hairspray, curling iron, tooth brush, gel, hair brush, ect. If you used it to get ready, have it with you for backup! Never know when you'll get a wild hair, literally.
-Have fun, be confident, embrace it! I once read that when you look at a photograph it often resonates with how you felt that day. If you were having a terrible day, you will have a higher chance of not being satisfied with your images because they remind you of that "thing." I believe this to be 100% true. What do you think?!
Thank you for reading my FIRST ever blog! Kind of nerve racking if I am being honest. I am not an English major by any means, so I apologize for grammatical errors. :D Thanks so much for reading and I hope look forward to hopefully working with you! Now lets get snapping. :)