about your shoot
getting ready for your photo session
Here you will find some helpful tips and suggestions for your upcoming photo session. With a little planning and forethought you can ensure that your photos turn out to be everything you hope for.
how and when and where
Most of my photo sessions are shot in the evening, the exact time will depend on the time of year. The best light occurs right after sunrise and just prior to sunset. Since not many of my clients (or me for that matter, ;~) enjoy getting up for a sunrise photo session, I tend to stick to the evening hours to capture images with the warm glow of pre-sunset light. Middle of the day light is harsh and creates unwanted shadow on subjects.
Where we shoot depends on the type of look you are going for. I've done many shoots around the front range from Denver to Pueblo and have lots of ideas and options available. If you have a specific location in mind be sure to let me know a week or so beforehand so I can scout it out. Chances are we will have no problems but sometimes backgrounds may not be the best choice for portraits. In that case we can definitely work together to come up with a location that suits the look you are going for and backdrops that are great for photos too. Don't be surprised if I ask you all to lay down in the grass or jump in the air, it's all about getting unique and fun portraits.
We will have a meet-up place, please be prompt as the light does fade quickly. We'll do some initial shots at the meeting place so everyone can get into the groove. Before we do that, I'll check the light on my camera and do a few test shots. As the shoot wears on, everyone gets more comfortable and at ease with being photographed. After the meet-up location we'll head to a couple of other spots. It's all pretty fast paced and sometimes a little crazy, but that's what makes it so much fun.
what to wear
The styling of your photo session is very important in achieving great images. One thing I tell my clients is that "matching" is not always the best. The style of photography I create is whimsical and fun, so when everyone is wearing the same red sweater for a family session, the photos will lack any kind of style or uniqueness. That's not to say that everyone should show up in clashing colors and patterns though. Coordinating everyone's outfits is key, try to keep outfits in the same family of complementary colors. The idea is to be individual but look like you belong together. I am here to help you style your shoot so please feel free to get my thoughts and ideas on clothing styles and colors. I usually ask clients to send me pics online of the clothes they are thinking of wearing a week or so before the shoot. This helps me to understand the style of photos you're wanting, as well as to give you guidance on what works and what doesn't. A great idea is to have one person wear a pattern that the other clothing will draw from. But make sure that it's just the one person, too many people wearing patterns is too much of a good thing.
Please no logo shirts or hats and no velcro type sneakers for the kiddos (like those that have cartoon characters or tv show logos) they tend to look cheap in photographs. If your kids want to wear sneakers, try Converse shoes in your color scheme or complementary shade (you can find cheap knockoff versions at big retail stores). Please don't be offended if I ask someone to remove a hair adornment/ponytail. I also bring cute headbands, hairclips, ribbons and bobby pins for those windy days when hair tends to fly into faces. Be sure all fingernails, toenails (in case we do some barefoot shots), hair and faces are squeaky clean. I'll have tissues on hand for runny noses, it happens more than you can imagine. Please feel free to bring along extras like scarves, hats and special props. Will we use them all? Maybe not but it never hurts to have fun options to switch things up a bit.
Here is a link to my "photo session styling" pinterest boards, there are some great outfit ideas on there:
click here for family photo session styling examples
click here for kid photo session styling examples
click here for couples photo session styling examples
Kids are supposed to have fun and the same goes for kids during photo sessions. I might bring along some little trinkets for when I need the tiny ones to cooperate with a particular pose we're trying to achieve, or to get them to look at the camera when needed. Please allow me to guide the way, I promise to ask you if I need some help. The main thing is that they are happy and having fun. Sometimes my family sessions with kids end up being a bit non-traditional, like one child who never wants to look at the camera. That's ok, that's the fun of my style of photography, free, fun and out-of-the-box.
It is very important that kiddos are rested and fed. Nothing causes a family photo session to go down the drain quicker than hungry and tired children. I know with evening shoots this can be difficult though. (that's what the little trinket/bribes are for...LOL)
The most important thing is that we make this a fun time, so everyone (not just the kiddos) has fun!! See you soon!! :~)