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Preparation Tips!

 How to Prepare for the Photo Session
  • Hair – If you’re getting a hair cut for your special day, I suggest doing so about two weeks beforehand, just in case you do not like the cut.  This gives you some time to work with your knew hair cut. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before is usually just fine.
  • Hair accessories – Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories you might want to put in your hair for those windy days.  Flyaway hair can be frustrating.
  • Glasses - You may want to wear glasses; however, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos.
  • Red eyes – Visine is your friend, and a good nights rest.
  • Lips – You will probably want to freshen your lips during your session, so bring fresh lip-gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your special day to make your lips look their best.
  • Teeth – If you want to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your special day.
  • Breakouts – Good skin care is important all the time; however, if you have blemishes, you may want to use a blemish reducing cleanser a few weeks before your special day to minimize your blemishes.  Also, reducing chocolate, sugar, and soda consumption can help.
  • Make-up – A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features.
  • Facial hair – Men, be freshly shaved. A neatly shaven beard edge can be very attractive. Trim your sideburns, mustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. Ladies and men, both, are recommended to pluck unwanted eyebrows the day before your session.
  • Moisturizer –Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. When you get out of the shower, dry off until lightly damp, and apply moisturizer. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, and hands; anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt. Also, be sure on your face to use a facial moisturizer, not a thick body moisturizer, or you could break out.
  • Nails A fresh coat of nail polish will make a wonderful difference in your photos. Pick a neutral color that wont distract or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, and then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure, but if you cant go to the salon, make sure your nails look neat and clean, including the cuticles.
  • Bloating  Ladies, avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated can reduce your confidence and comfort in front of the camera.
  • Undergarments Visible bra straps do not help your outfit to look its best. Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep those straps well hidden.
  • Sun burns and tan lines If your session is booked for Saturday, dont tan on Friday. If you plan to tan before your session, do so at least a week beforehand. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglasses tan lines, hat tan lines, etc.
  • Ironing - Iron the night before and then hang up your clothes for your session. If youre wearing something that wrinkles easily, dont wear it in the car on the way to the session just change at the location.
  • Shoes Ladies cant go wrong in heels. They add to your height and can make you look pounds thinner. Clean shoes are recommended. Dress shoes are best; however, shoes should compliment your wardrobe selection.  Casual shoes for casual attire are a good plan.
  • Maternity - Gather your props to bring along ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your babys name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever youve seen in other maternity photos that you like.
  • Newborns and Babies - Book your shoot around your babys feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until youre at the shoot. We allow plenty of time for baby pictures so you don’t feel pressured.  We accommodate the baby’s schedule. Dress up diapers. Cloth diapers can be stylish as long as they aren’t stained. If you use throwaway diapers, I suggest bringing bloomers or decorative diaper covers, solids preferred. Often outfits don’t fit a newborn very well, and they often look swallowed in their clothes. So lightweight materials can be best. Accessories are good!  Little hats, dainty headbands, bows, etc. are good accessories. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandmother made. 
  • Children - You know, mom always said cleanliness in next to Godliness, and it makes for better photos, too. Avoid colorful drinks or lollipops within 12 hours of your shoot.  Wardrobe for girls - you cant go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or bows. For boys, jeans and polo shirts or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt can be very cute. For siblings, the children dont have to match perfectly, just coordinate with colors that compliment each other. Another suggestion, pick a color that compliments your childs eye color.
  • Families - For wardrobe, go for jeans or pants, tucked polo or dress shirt with a belt, or go casual with just a T-shirt or un-tucked polo, button-up short sleeve, etc.  Everyone doesn’t have to wear the same color, however, complementary colors look better.
  • High school seniors - Bring a variety of outfits cap and gown, something casual, something stylish, fellas try a formal look to impress. Wear what you think you look best in, but take the opportunity to also try a new look. Bring props that reflect your high school experience band instrument, sports gear, your car, letter jacket, and sunglasses. Your senior photos should be unique to your life and personality.
  • Most of all, do not stress.  Your photo session should be fun and relaxing.  We want your photo session to be enjoyable.
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