Before, During, and After!

Welcome back! This week’s blog is a short list for clients and tips on how to make a photoshoot a little bit more comfortable and result in better portraits. So let’s get started!

Before!

Maternity

  • Moisturize that belly
  • Gather your props (Ultrasound printout, baby shoes, stuffed animals, blocks or letters that spell your baby’s name)
  • Wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
  • Bring your significant other!

Newborns and Babies

  • Use a washcloth to clean away eye boogers and flaky skin.
  • Trim those tiny fingers and toes
  • Book your shoot with the natural rhythm of your baby. If he or she normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed until you’re at the shoot. This will give photographers plenty of time for setup.
  • Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn, they often look swallowed by clothes. Little hats, dainty headbands. Bring in sentimental items as well. Blankets, animals. Etc.
  • Dress up those paper diapers.

Children

  • Try and avoid colorful drinks or lollypops. We don’t want stained faces!
  • Can’t go wrong with bringing in their favorite book or stuffed animal to join them in the fun.
  • For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands.
  • For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality.
  • For siblings, the children don’t have to match, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else, pick a color that compliments your child’s eye color.

High School Seniors

  • Bring a variety of outfits. Cap and gown, something casual, something stylish, ladies slip a dress in there, fellas try a formal look to impress.
  • Bring props that recall your high school years. Band instrument, sports gear like a volleyball or baseball bat, your high school car, letter jacket, sunglasses. Most of all, rep your style, whatever that may be. Your senior photo should be unique to your life and personality.

Families

  • Dad: Fresh shave or trim. For wardrobe, go for jeans or pants, tucked polo or dress shirt with a belt, or go casual with just a T-shirt or untucked polo, button-up short sleeve, etc.
  • Mom: Women know what to wear.  If you wear jewelry, aim for subtlety, and be aware of it twisting or turning.
  • Kids:  Same advice as above, but again, everything doesn’t need to match, simply coordinate with the parents’ outfits. If Dad’s in a T-shirt, don’t put the kids in dress shirts.

During!

For All Portraits

  • Don’t forget to laugh, and laugh a lot.
  • Communicate! Yes, I will be directing your throughout your session, but feel free to let your photographer know how you are feeling. And this goes for everything, if you are uncomfortable or feel unnatural.
  • Be yourself. I love to photograph my clients as they really are.
  • Remember the camera is your friend!

For Engagement and Family Sessions

  • Be close. Play, hold hands, put the little one on your shoulders.
  • Joke around. Make eachother laugh!

After!

Every photographer is different for this stage. I edit the session, burn all of your images onto a CD and then mail you your copy. Some photographers have a meeting with their client and let them pick their final images and their packages. I just like to keep it simple, here are 10 images print and upload as you see fit. However the general rule is you should always go to your photographer’s website or facebook page and leave a review on how you think the photoshoot went. Testimonials is how we get new clients!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions; please email me or leave a comment below! Also, Thank you so much for following me on this journey,  I am really enjoying writing blogs for you all.

Audrey 

 

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