Before Booking a Date
Be it portfolio prints, senior portraits or vanity shots, your photo shoot should be all about you. Prior to your session, determine what type of images you want captured, who they are for, and the best location for it. Studio shoots are good any time but outdoor natural settings can be spectacular weather permitting.
If possible, come ready to shoot, or come early and change to get as much camera time as possible.
Bring multiple outfits (formal and casual) that express who you are – solid colors photograph best. For pictures like senior portraits, avoid clothes that are dated, old fashioned or too trendy.
For a full 3-hour shoot, I suggest three outfits, or looks. Remember to bring matching shoes, socks, and accessories to complete your outfits. Iron wrinkled clothes prior to your session, and bring a garment bag if you are shooting on location.
Make it Personal
Depending on your personality and purpose, your shoot can be serious, silly, funny, flirty, or even sexy. Regardless, always allow your personality to show in each of your pictures. Consider bringing uniforms, sports equipment, or musical instruments to express your interests and who you are. Even a stuffed animal can be a nice personal touch if that is something you collect, or it means something special to you. Talk about it with friends and family they may point out some unique traits you didn’t realize. You had.
Ladies to do List
- Paint your nails (clear or neutral colors work best). Do not forget your toes they are often in the picture.
- Style your hair before your session, choosing a comfortable style you know looks good.
- Apply concealer and powder if necessary to minimize blemishes and then stop worrying.
- Apply make-up before you arrive and bring product with you for touch-ups if necessary. Less is often best.
- Be careful not to darken your eyes unless you have a specific effect in mind, heavy eye shadow and eyeliner takes away from your pictures.
- Be mindful of your undergarments. White or light colored garments will often show brightly through dark or sheer clothing.
- The type of bra should match your garment. You don’t want straps to show.
- If you are not comfortable in front of a camera see my article on Knowing Your Look.
Guys to do List
- Make sure your finger nails a trimmed and clean.
- Style your hair before your session and bring a comb or brush for touch-ups if necessary.
- Consider getting a haircut approximately one week prior to your session.
- Shave before your session.
- SMILE! Every picture looks better with even a slight smile or coy smirk.
- When sitting shoulders back, and chest up.
- If you have small or narrow eyes, tilt your chin down a bit and look up.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session avoiding burns or tan lines.
- Spray on tans should be done at least 4 days before the shoot. Followed by several showers to make it look more natural.
- If you wish, have friends or family share your experience with you.
- I insist on talking to you personally leading up to the shoot. Talk to me, let me know if there is something you would like to see or do.
- Do not be afraid to do you. Silly, funny, flirty, or even sexy if that is you, then BE YOU!
- MOST IMPORTANTLY-relax, do not be shy and, HAVE FUN.