MILLION DOLLAR TIPS
Investing In Yourself
Preparation is vitally important. We can not guarantee the quality of your portraits if the following tips aren't taken seriously. We strongly suggest and reiterate, please invest your time in proper preparation and planning.
For starters, be intentional about hydrating yourself starting 3-5 days before. Your skin will love you for it! Get a good night's rest the night before your session. You will look better, feel rested, and have lots of energy.
Please have a well-balanced meal before your session and bring snacks as you plan to spend more than 2 hours with us. Good vibes (energy) are a must!
ALL ABOUT YOU
Choosing What To Wear
Choose a complete outfit(s)--including comfortable shoes and accessories--that enhances and compliments your features. Avoid any articles of clothing that make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Stay clear of see-through or sheer clothing as your undergarments will show up on camera (no Photoshop magic tricks available to correct this).
As you select your wardrobe keep in mind the various uses for these images. What goals or future plans do you have in mind for your images? Dress according to that.
Consider your company or the organization's corporate colors when making your wardrobe selections as well.
Consider bringing your favorite blazer and business suit, preferably a dark-colored one. For a business casual look consider articles of clothing with sleeves, if your arms/chest/legs are exposed, they will draw attention away from your face.
Choose the right undergarments for this occasion. Consider even purchasing new undergarments. When you feel brand-new, you look brand-new!
When choosing the perfect outfit(s) don't forget to consider the accessories as well (earrings, necklace, bracelet, watch, company/organizational pins, etc.). These little details matter and assist you in defining your personal brand.
DETAILS ARE KEY
We encourage and highly recommend that you stay clear of patterns in clothing especially ties with patterns (that includes garments with polka dots, stripes, flowery prints as these are all considered busy patterns that do not reflect well on camera for business portraits. It is important to keep you, the subject, as the main focal point, eliminating any distractions within your images. (Check out Google or Pinterest for inspiration or reach out to us personally.)
Make sure that ALL clothing is clean (free from stains, especially around the collar), neat, dry-cleaned, or freshly pressed (ironed) before your session. Wrinkles in clothing are difficult, and will be charged an additional edit fee of $35 per image to remove them. We will not be responsible for loss in quality as a result.
FOR THE LADIES
Ladies, the camera can pick up on lots more details than the naked eye, so make sure your brows, legs, underarms, etc. have been shaved/waxed prior to your session. We also encourage you to bring whatever toiletries or grooming items needed such as deodorant, hair spray, flat irons, etc. You will have access to a dressing room.
Ladies, ask yourself, are my nails ready for their photo session debut? Do I need a "fill"? Hands may be included in some shots; we strongly recommend freshly done manicures. Choose neutral polish, French, or a clear coat, as not to distract from your face. Please apply lotion to your hands as well prior to the start of your session.
We highly recommend and encourage professional makeup application. This service can be added to our packages for a nominal fee. Check with us to learn more.
FOR THE MEN
Men, day-before haircuts work best; facial grooming done day-of, is recommended. This includes the use of any facial moisturizer.
Men, we recommend having on hand several tie options to choose from, feel free to bring the entire tie drawer if need be! Please stay clear of busy prints (stripes, polka dots, etc.) as they do not photograph well.
In-studio sessions: Please limit the number of guests accompanying you to no more than 1 guest. Children under the age of 10 require additional adult supervision (not recommended for this type of session).
The camera has an interesting way of picking up on bad moods, body tension, and uneasiness. (Although we excel at what we do, we're not miracle-workers so this next step is of most importance.)
MOST IMPORTANTLY, RELAX, BRING A GOOD, POSITIVE, OPEN-TO-TRYING-SOMETHING-NEW ATTITUDE AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE! A pleasant memory is about to be made!