Session Prep

What to wear?
What not to wear?

Styling is such an important part of the process.  It starts with mama.  I want my mama’s to feel beautiful.  This session is your prom for the year… not really prom attire, but it’s a big investment and these images will be around forever, so I want you to look your best!  I would love to help you plan your outfit, to find something that represents you and makes you feel beautiful.  Whether that is cut off shorts, a bikini top and a fringed kimono or a long flowy dress that lets the sunlight through and flows in the wind.  I want you to be you!

Once we have mama planned we will get started on any partners and/or any kiddos.  The outfits should know each other, not necessarily match.  Another important element to consider is the backdrop.  In the desert, rust or white looks incredible.  In the springtime in CO everything is colorful, white or green can be gorgeous.  While in the fall in Colorado, I really love ochre, rust and creams.  Let’s hop on a call to discuss and/or shoot some text messages back and forth until we have a plan. 

kind words

“Liz is an extremely talented professional. She took great care of us from the time we were interested until we decided to book a session. She provided tips for styling and selected location options that would work well with our preferences. During the shoot, she was kind, encouraging, and she made the whole experience a blast. I was so thankful for the “first look” photos and the gorgeous gallery that followed. We will treasure these photos for years to come. When I look back at the photos, I love how the photos look like us having fun and living life amongst gorgeous scenery. I’m already looking forward to our next shoot.” –Rebecca

Considerations for Wardrobe

Consider solid colors or subtle patterns.  Busy, big patterns or logos (no logos please!) tend to draw too much attention to the outfit and away from the portrait.

Consider wearing layers and bringing textures into your portraits.  A vest or jacket over a white shirt helps break it up. Woven textures, scarves, textured cardigans and chunky sweaters for the fall and winter portraits are great on camera!  Also, knit gloves, mittens and hats are great for cold days. 

IRON your clothing, my camera picks up every detail, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles.

Men – Be clean-shaven or beards and mustaches trimmed.   For clean-shaven guys, you may think a little stubble won’t be seen on camera, but it totally shows in close-ups, so perhaps spend the extra time to shave.

Don’t over-do the makeup or accessories.   No sunglasses, large watches, or bulky jewelry please.  They will draw too much attention. 

If you wear eyeglasses all the time, feel free to bring them, but if you can do without your glasses or have contact lenses, this is a better option.  Eyeglasses sometimes reflect images and light.  If you have no other options and need your eyeglasses, don’t worry!  I’ll work around it with some little tricks of the trade!

Please don’t wear shiny make-up on your skin as it will reflect too much light and could look oily.  Shiny make-up on the eyes is okay.

Client Closet

All clients are welcome to borrow any of these items for their session.  Please let me know ahead of time if something interests you and you can either try it on beforehand or I can bring it as an option to your session.  

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