let's make your photo session easy and fun
... here are some helpful tips
- get to know the photographer before the photo shoot. discuss important details; like how you imagine your images, what you like and dislike; what you need to bring to the shoot.
- establishing a rapport with your photographer off the set will help you communicate with each other better on the set; the photo session will go by quickly and you want to feel as comfortable as possible. communication is key.
- practice changing your outfits quickly. have in mind what you want to wear and how you want to wear it. studio time is often calculated on an hourly basis; the more time you spend changing your clothes, the pricier your session is going to be. bring items that are colorful or that really 'speak' about your personality. if you must wear black or white, bring special accessories that will stand out. patterns are tricky; simple is always best (unless you're a kid - then anything goes).
- practice your poses in front of a mirror until you have them down. you should know what your poses 'feel like'. you won't have the benefit of a mirror; remembering the feel of the pose will help you get the look you desire. the more you practice your poses, the quicker you can have them ready for the camera.
- find photographs that you want to emulate (tear them out of wedding magazine, fashion or sports magazines - i'm partial to Vogue). this is really important if you can't describe 'your style'. take note of the props, outfits, backgrounds and poses in the images you bring. mention these beforehand. your photographer will do their best to accommodate a realistic request. discuss (and preferably show) these pictures with your photographer ahead of time to see if you can recreate a similar feel.
- bring extra props, outfits and makeup. if the photographer doesn't like something, the color isn't complimentary, the weather isn't cooperating or you change your mind at the last minute; you'll want to have a backup plan. better to be over prepared!
get plenty of sleep the night before the shoot. research has shown that a lack of sleep shows on your face. you want to look your best!
show up to your session on time. it will keep you and your photographer from feeling stressed. everyone wants to start off on the right foot. plus, it may cost you more money to show up late.
stay relaxed while posing. this is meant to be fun. tension will show up in your poses. granted posing isn't exactly natural, but it's important to feel calm. listen to your photographer and be open to trying things. remember to communicate, and offer feedback if you have a great idea. i love to hear my client's thoughts. creative collaboration is fantastic!