From the desk of: Amanda
You’ve made the decision to schedule a portrait session. These days, most photographers refer to them as an “investment”, and I really like that term. If you’ve taken the time to research and select a professional photographer for your photos, you’re showing that it holds substantial value to you. And because of that, it is very important that you are able to take advantage of what the session has to offer. Don’t let the research stop just because you’ve found the perfect photographer. There are a few more things that you can do to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. Plus, the more you’re prepared beforehand, the more relaxed you’ll be, and it will show.
The number one issue that most people run in to is …What on earth will I wear?!
The biggest thing that I cannot stress enough is, be comfortable. I’m not saying wear sweats. Dress nicely, but do wear something that is you. Something that you not only look natural in, but feel comfortable in as well. Remember that everything comes across on the camera, so if you’re feeling the slightest bit uncomfortable, it’s going to show.
If you’re really unsure of what will look good on camera, take Sean’s post from the other day into consideration. He talks about how to determine the type of skin tone that you have, and how to select colors that work well with you.
For family sessions, everyone is all over the board as to how each family member should dress. Some people think that everyone should match. Some people that everyone should wear the same color, but in different styles. Others think that it doesn’t matter, and you can wear whatever you want. There’s no real wrong answer here, it boils down to what YOU want on YOUR walls. My personal preference, and what I generally recommend to clients, is coordinating colors. I think that a variety of color is a great way to go, as long as they all complement each other. Here’s an awesome site that we use all the time to help us find coordinating colors. Don’t be shy. Test it out. I can guarantee that you’ll find an amazing color palette in there that you never would have dreamed of putting together.
The next thing I advise clients to take a look at is posing. I don’t mean picking out your poses. We know how to pose you in order to flaunt your strengths, and diminish your (for lack of a better term) weaknesses. But something that will help beforehand is to take a look at this site. It goes over all of the common poses that most photographers use, and it explains why we ask you to do what we do. I know, from personal experience, that sometimes when a photographer is firing off posing instructions, you can feel like some kind of a contortionist. But trust me, we’re not trying to get you to play Twister, there’s a reason for us asking. If you know ahead of time that we’re going to ask you do something that sounds odd, you’ll be expecting it, and feel a little more comfortable doing it in front of the camera, and in turn, you’ll look relaxed in your final images.
That’s really it. The rest is in our hands to show you just how amazing you look.
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