Preparing for your session...
Frequently I’m asked by my clients “what should we wear for our family portrait?” or “how should we prepare?”. I’m always excited to know my clients want their portraits to be awesome, just like I do! When it comes to deciding what to wear, the goal is to make the “people” stand out in the portrait, not the “clothing”. So here are some tips and suggestions for preparing and dressing for your portraits to help make your portraits rock!
Tips for the Ladies
Lips – any shiny lip gloss in a color like berries or browns, avoid frosts or glitters, avoid dark colors. Bring your lip gloss along for refreshing!
Face – a light application of non-SPF foundation helps smooth out the skin and cover any blemishes. Any brand like Cover Girl or Revlon Colorstay Makeup at CVS works. The goal is for a matte finish, not a glow so avoid foundations with bronzer or shimmer or mineral makeup. Note: The reason to avoid foundations with SPF or shimmer is because it reflects light and will effect the exposure of the photo. If you can’t find a non-SPF foundation, then just go for the lowest SPF amount offered. Finally, brush a light translucent powder all over to cut down on shine.
Cheeks – light blush to add some color. Avoid bronzers or glittery blushes.
Eyes – brown eyeliner and a little waterproof mascara to bring out the lashes is fine. A soft brown always looks nice and compliments most eye colors. Avoid eye shadows with shimmer or glitter.
Eyebrows – be sure to trim, pluck if needed. The camera and lenses are very powerful, so even a rogue hair will show! If waxing, be sure to do it a week prior to avoid having redness.
Hairspray! – I can’t say enough about spritzing your hair with some spray, especially long hair! Most of my photo sessions are in the late afternoon to catch the gorgeous golden light, but it also can highlight the flyaway hairs, so please spray your locks if you can.
Manicure/Pedicure – It’s amazing the detail the camera can capture, so be sure to get a fresh manicure and coat of nail polish and pedicure (if you’ll be wearing open toed shoes). Plus, don’t you always feel pretty when you get a mani/pedi??? I do!