Step by step portrait planning guide.
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First, I will meet with you at your home for a portrait design consultation to help you choose the look for your portraits. We will discuss clothing, color, background choices, location, props, and more. This planning session is very important. This appointment to last about one hour.
At the planning session we will discuss the following:
You will answer some questions about your ideas for your portraits and plan all of the details of your session. What are we photographing for? An Album, wall portraits, gifts size prints. What is the end goal. Click here to see sample products.
Artistic vision. You can let me know your preferences in various photographic styles and techniques. What is the best setting for your portrait? Should we strive for a traditional portrait, or a story-telling portrait that shows your family relating to each other and to the surroundings? and more.
You can select a custom portrait location. Where would you prefer your portrait session: at your home, other location, at my outdoor studio or in a studio setting? Each has their advantages. We will discuss clothing. You will want to coordinate colors for a harmonious result think of where the portraits will hang. Clothing colors, props, and backgrounds make a hudge differece! And this is important to me and creating the look you like. Click here to see examples.
Please bring at least 3 outfits (or more) to choose from on hangers wrinkle and lint free. I will help you choose and coordinate with the look you are going for. Your clothing selection can make the difference between a unique image and just another picture. What is in the background make a difference. Click here to see the many backgrounds and to learn more.
To create timeless photos please avoid clothes with any logos. Clothing with textures such as jean material, corduroy and knitted sweaters photograph beautifully. Avoid stripes and busy patterns as it detracts from the person being photographed. Complimentary clothing and colors is also ideal for group photos.
For those that want a slimming appearance, wear solid dark colored long-sleeve shirts also dress in layers by wearing a dark colored jacket or sweater, with a dash of color underneath.
Coordinating colors but not matching outfits look best.
Your feet will most likely be in some of the photographs, so be sure to consider their appearance as well. Bare feet with jeans look great...
Below are some highlights.
-Newborns: I prefer to photograph newborns and children up to age one without clothing or just in a diaper or diaper cover but always bring at least one outfit for them to be photographed in. -Children: Simple, comfortable clothing works best for children. -Couples and Families: Again, simple and comfortable works best. Make sure to coordinate outfits so that you compliment each other. -High School Seniors: Anything goes here. Bring 3 extra outfit changes and I suggest at least one timeless outfit. Sport equipment, hats, belts, jackets, different changes of shoes, jewelry changes, hair brush, chapstick, make up, and anything else you may want to include in your portraits. Be sure to check with individual school guidelines for your year book photo. -Maternity: I can do portraits the way you wish to be seen and the way that you wish to remember your pregnancy, whether fully clothed or modest semi-nude. Portraits can be taken alone or with spouse and other children. Plan to have several changes of clothes picked out ahead of time. You will want clothes that show off your pregnancy, rather than minimize it.
Next, we will set up the photography session. The time and location will depend on who is being photographed. If I'll be photographing a young child under age three, then maybe they are in a better mood in the morning. I will work with you to set your appointment at a time that works best for you.
Your portrait session is the time to creative and capture your special images with my camera. Lets work together to be sure you reserve adequate time to make your portraits are everything you desire.
Ordering: I will meet you for an in home sales appointment within 10 days of your session. I will help you make your selections and place your order. This appointment can last a bit longer than an hour. Orders are ready in two - four weeks. When your print order is placed a minimum deposit of 50% is due, frames requires full payment. The balance is due when your order is picked up or before it is shipped.