For your formal AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Dark solids photograph much better. Also bring a variety of colors, don't bring only 5 blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Variety is key. Vary the style, all one look (like all tanks) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff YOU like. If you spend all day in the dressing room, you get less time in front of the camera. Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely. It's hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was big old tennis shoes. Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on lighter backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. So if you prefer dark, bring dark, if you prefer some of both, bring both. Group your outfits together on hangers. It is amazing how many people come in with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are winkled! Make sure they are ironed.
Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick and easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but make it quick or you loose camera time. Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be. It IS ok to show up early in curlers if you need to. Although Larry tries to help with hair, it is hard to know what YOUR hair "is supposed to look like". Hair style is untilmately YOUR responsibility.
Keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewerly can distract from the real subject, YOU. If you have different jewerly for different outfits, you might put each set of jewerly in a plasic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.
BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, basketball whatever), sports uniforms, music instruments (from school tuba to rock guitar), activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, skateboards, even shopping bags), collections (shoes, pruses, whatever), vehicles ( motorcycles, cars, tractors, 4-wheelers, trucks), don't forget to bring your sunglasses. They can add the perfect touch to a picture!
Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions more than others. Your best bet is to check with your optometrist. Most will "loan" you an empty set of frames similar to yours for your photo session.
AVOID SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photography well!! Tan, yes, burn, no. Be careful prior to your session! Tanning is fine, just don't over do it. You don't want to look fully cooked!
We retouch blemishes, so don't worry about minor breakouts.
Pets are OK. Its is good idea for larger animals ( big dogs, horses, ect) to have someone bring your pet, and keep an eye on them outside or take them home once they have been photographed. Or bring a pet carrier to contain them while you are being photographed without them. Treats can be helpful to hold a dogs attention.
If you have a idea or question about what to bring but you aren't sure, give us a call . We'd be happy to help you!
And check out the indoor, outdoor, and senior galleries for more ideas!