How to Prepare for Your Portrait Session

Now that Spring has arrived so has the start of another busy photography season. With the warmer weather, sunny days, and green grass beginning to sprout, people are starting to find themselves booking sessions. I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you best ways to prepare for a portrait session with me. 
Prior to your session:
Brainstorm
First things first, we typically meet prior to your shoot to discuss what you really want to get out of your session and map out all the details. We brainstorm poses, places to shoot, themes, and get to know each other.
Practice
Find your good side and practice a few poses in the mirror see what side of your face you prefer to have facing the camera. Even practice a few expressions and find one or two that you feel most natural with.
It can be hard to get in front of the camera and act natural so having being prepared in advance helps ease into it.
Clothing
Even short sessions allow for a quick outfit change. So, I recommend selecting at least two outfits. However, depending on the length of your session I wouldn’t go with more than 3. I would wear the one you feel most comfortable in and the one you wouldn’t mind being photographed in the entire time. And feel free to ask before your session which outfit colors they think might be best based on your session’s location and time of day. I think solid colors are best, patterns can be distracting especially if outside!
Find your good side: Practice a few poses in the mirror see what side of your face you prefer to have facing the camera. Even practice a few expressions and find one or two that you feel most natural with.
On the day of: 
Beauty
I’ve had a few clients get professional hair and makeup prior and I’ve had others do their own. Whichever you prefer, I would keep it as close to natural as possible. I recommend bringing additional things like hairspray, brushes/combs, lipstick, (for the ladies!) etc. That way you can easily do quick touch-ups if needed. Also, if you want to change your look and go for a more dramatic look towards the end you have free range to do so.
Arrival
I would arrive 5 – 10 minutes prior to the start of your sessions just to get any hellos, last minute questions, and find the starting location out of the way. This can be especially important for 30-minute sessions, they go by so quickly and it’s my goal to maximize the time as best as possible and capture as many frames as possible.
And the most important tip… feel free to reach out to me at any time! As your photographer, I’m not only here to just take your picture. I’m here to make sure you are happy with your images and cherish them for years to come. So please call after our first meeting, days before your shoot, the day of your shoot… anytime! We’re teaming up to create something great and we can’t do that without working together. 

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