Preparing for a Photo Shoot
One of the most intimidating things for some of my clients is to prepare for their session!
Here are some tips I would like to share with you to help you feel confident when arriving to your photo session!
Tip #1: Dress comfortably, so you can be confident! The most essential part of capturing a moment in time is your confidence in that moment. You want to be yourself and feeling capable of doing so will take some preparation on your end! Above ALL, before ANYTHING else, make sure that the pieces you wear make you feel comfortable and confident! We want you to look and feel BOLD! If your clothes feel too baggy or too snug, or are difficult to move around in or make you self-conscious…toss those in the NO WAY pile! The better you FEEL at your session, the better you will look in your portraits! Also, be sure to choose pieces that match YOUR style, not necessarily what everyone else would wear. Additionally,you will most likely be sitting on the ground, laying down, walking and doing other things that could be difficult if your clothing is uncomfortable! :)
Tip #2: Coordinate, Don’t Match! This is so important. When choosing the outfits you and your family will wear, try your best to avoid matching colors identically. Instead of sporting the generic white top & jeans combo, mix it up with some bright colors that compliment each other! If you’re planning on wearing a bright colored dress, your man would look amazing in a solid-colored button up or polo in a complimenting color! Layer the kids with jackets or give them some texture to stand out! WARNING!! Be sure to steer clear of fluorescent colors. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh sometimes. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy). Disney characters are cute but not for family portraits. To avoid taking the focus off of you or your loved one/ones I suggest not wearing any clothing with any characters or writing on them. **Extra Tip** - Bright colors always photograph beautifully! Royal blue, emerald green, yellow, aqua, pink, etc…they always “pop” in photos!!. Tip # 3: Play with TEXTURES! Sometimes textures like sequins, furs and sparkles can be considered “daring” or “over the top” but, in portraits, they are the BEST! Adding texture to your outfit makes the biggest difference, and it prevents the images from looking dull! Combining textures that you may not normally use together like sequins + cable knit sweaters or leather + fur make GREAT pairs! Tip # 4: Add Layers + Jewelry! When it comes to your portraits, don’t be afraid to accessorize! Please! This can be so much fun and you won't be sorry you did it. Adding layers like cardigans, sweaters, scarves, jackets and even hats + gloves add depth + gorgeous details to your outfit! My favorite is to throw on some bangles or even a nice watch to add more details. In the cold months (fall + winter), adding layers to your outfits always looks STUNNING in portraits! A sweater with a flannel underneath paired with a vest + statement necklace or scarf adds so much dimension to your images and makes for super fun posing options! Even in the warmer months (spring + summer) you can add these layers + dimension by wearing a tank top with a cute sheer cardigan or by throwing a denim vest over a dress! Tip #5: Bring Variety! I always suggest that my couples and families bring 2-3 outfits: one “dressy” outfit (this varies per couple! Some love a casual dress with flats, and some go all-out with a suite and gown!), one casual outfit (sweaters + jeans, an every day look) and one additional outfit of their choice! This way, you have more diversity in your images + different options to choose from for your save the dates or Christmas Cards! If you have very young children this isn't always ideal. This is your time so it is entirely up to you how you use it! Tip #6: Consider Professional Hair & Makeup! Having professional hair + makeup done for your portraits will make you feel like a million bucks, but that’s not the only reason it’s important! I suggest this tip to ALL of my clients, because professional hair + makeup artists know EXACTLY how to do your makeup so that you are camera-ready without a blemish or flaw! Plus, WHO DOESN'T LOVE BEING PAMPERED?!?! This is another HUGE part of a session that can completely alter the overall outcome of your images. If this isn’t in your budget, plan to wear your makeup slightly heavier than normal + make sure to add lip color! :) Tip #7: Shoes! Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe. If you have the cutest little trousers and button down for your son to wear for pictures, but slap his favorite pair of Disney tennis shoes on him, it makes the whole look lose cohesiveness and coordination. Stay away from character shoes, flip flops, crocs. My recommendation for shoes are boots, leather sandals (just say “no” to Old Navy flip flops), Converse All-Stars, Toms, Sperrys, Joyfolie, Mary Janes, and Willits. And of course , barefoot is always an adorable option, especially with babies. I’d much rather see bare feet than the bottom of their shoes. Tip #8: Nails! Everyone so often forgets this one! In all of the chaos of prepping for your session…don’t forget to pamper your nails! During your shoot, a lot of the poses we do will have your hands close to your face or your loved ones faces and in the frame, so make sure that your nails look just how you want! Try to avoid any chipped polish or crazy patterns. French manicures, light/natural colors and even nails with no color at all photograph best!! And don't forget your toes! I hope this helps you in your preparations for your portrait session!
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Bela Ventoso Photography
South Florida photographer, port saint lucie photographer, psl photographer, stuart florida photographer, family photographer, treasure coast photographer