Tips

CLOTHING

  • As we will most likely be changing backgrounds, please bring at least two outfits in different tones (dark/light).
  • Avoid shiny or shimmery fabrics like satin.
  • Never wear patterns, plaids, stripes, checks, or prints. It will drive the camera and me crazy!

COUPLES

  • Couples or small groups should wear the same or very similar colors. (i.e. blue jeans and light shirts)
  • Couples should not wear light or dark tones together (one person in light colored clothing and the other in dark tones)

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS (OUTDOORS)

  • Casual clothing is best in medium tones for outdoor portraits.
  • Blues are good all year; Ivory, khaki, salmon are beset in summer greens; medium tones, browns, burgundies, and grays are good choices for the fall color.
  • Solid colors in the same tones are best for any environmental portrait.


PROPS

  • If you have a favorite prop that fits within the scope of your portrait, please discuss it with me in advance and bring it with you, if appropriate.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP

For the ladies

  • Try not to wear any shiny lip gloss or lip stick.  It will generate too much reflection in the photo, and you will not be happy with the results.  Regular matte or light lustre lipstick plays better to the camera.  It may not look as glamorous "in real life", but trust me, the camera notices.  You can always lick your lips right before the shot for a little shine.
  • Likewise, stay away from shiny, luster or glittery eye shadow.  Use matte.  Shiny will not look good on camera.  
  • Don't be afraid to wear a tasteful pair of false eye lashes.  Most models do it.  They will make your eyes really "pop" and are very sultry looking if not overdone.  Of course, use your own discretion.
  • Bring translucent, loose powder and a big fluffy powder brush.  Any hint of a shine can ruin your photo.  You will most likely need to apply a light dusting of powder every 20 minutes or so.  Powder! Powder!! Powder!!!  Get it?
  • Hair should be styled as you see yourself -- your portrait sitting should not be the time to tryout a new hairdo.  Avoid wearing gobs of goo in your hair.  Your hair should look as natural and light weight as possible.
  • In addition to the above, for your glamour or boudoir shot, wear your makeup a little on the heavier side.  Darker eye shadow works well.
  • Bring several different shades of lipstick to match your outfit selections -- darker shades work best.
  • Don't forget the eyelashes!  Also, consider having your makeup done by a professional -- or bring them with you.
  • Make sure you are hydrated.  Drink plenty of water before the shoot.
  • Use a little Visine or other eye drops to help your eyes be clear.
  • For the guys

  • Men should have their hair cut approximately one week before the portrait.
  • Shave immediately before having your portrait.  The camera will notice a 5:00 shadow and you will not like the results.
  • Don't be afraid to use a little translucent powder.  Shine is gender neutral -- guys shine, too!
    Use a little Visine or other eye drops to help your eyes be clear.
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