Tips on how you can prepare for your upcoming photo session
DO dress comfortably
DO bring along anything to your portrait you might need: grooming gear, water, medications, makeup, snack, my cell number, backups of anything vital...
DO keep within similar color themes.
DO come to the session with a positive, happy heart. Your cheerful attitude will be reflected for all to see for generations to come. The hard work is all behind you.
Relax – enjoy yourself.
DO be well rested and well fed before the shoot.
DO leave time for yourself and the family members to get prepared for the shoot.
DO have fun with the family. Don’t be afraid to toss the child up in the air (safely of course), give your hubby or wife a tender kiss on the cheek, hug your Mom and Dad or hold their hands, Snuggle in with your parents, drap your arms around them – go back to the days where this was how you connected with them.
DO bring an activity that you enjoy as a family be it. Do you read together? Bring books. Love to play games/cards, bring along a deck and just start playing. Love to get the little one to dance? Have the crew get up and try to get your little one to get involved.
DO try not to bring too many bags or purses with you. It is more to carry. If you must bring a bag, try to keep it small or put everyone’s items into one bag so that you don’t have to lug it around (this can cause discomfort for some).
DO try to be as natural as possible. You don’t have to have your eyes on the camera all the time. I will help you to know when is a good time to smile and when you can just relax and loosen up.
DO speak up if you are uncomfortable or have any concern. No question is too small. I want you to enjoy this and although I wish I could read minds, I haven’t gotten there yet. Your feedback is important. It’s a two way street, a collaboration.
DO coordinate your clothes. Patterns can be messy. Try to stick to a similar color palette for all those who will be involved in the shoot. Take the time to come up with a color scheme. Sticking within the same color tones will let the colors flow in your family portrait.
DO wear comfortable and well ironed clothes, without stains, rips or anything which might detract from the photo. Make sure to try your clothes on before your photo shoot. If they are new, make sure they fit comfortably without being too snug. Same goes for making sure the clothing is not too baggy.
DO on the night before the photo shoot, make sure to iron your clothes. Nothing looks more put together than great fitting clothes with no wrinkles. You want the attention on your faces, not what you are wearing.
DO have the family members take a trip to the bathroom before you leave your home or before the shoot.