I'm so excited to shoot a portrait of you! I always feel like people are more relaxed when they know what to wear and expect on shoots so I put together this little overview. The most important thing is to wear something that makes you feel both amazing and comfortable/like yourself because that is what it is all about. Also, when you're comfortable, we'll get spectacular shots. Take a read through and if you forget all of this, have no fear, I'm here to guide you on this journey. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Jenn
When picking clothes for your session, choose clothing you'd wear to meet new clients or customers. Bold colors like red, yellow, or blue all photograph well. Colors that compliment your skin are great (the best color is usually the one total strangers comment on). A dress or pants with pockets, jewelry, glasses, scarf or sweater give you something to do while we're shooting. Be sure to choose something well-tailored and has recently been cleaned. The camera picks up every single stray hair or bit of lint on dark fabrics that may be hard to see with your naked eye.
Women: For makeup, choose MATTE products. Products that sparkle accentuate lines. Use a light hand when applying eyeliner. It's hard to edit out and almost always makes the eyes look narrow. If you're not a makeup person, moisturizer, mascara, under eye concealer and chapstick/balm (non-shiny) will help you look your best. As for hair, hairspray and pomade are fantastic at smoothing flyaways which are visible to the camera.
If you want to get your makeup, Sephora and Ulta are two good inexpensive options. Make sure to tell the stylist it is for a natural light shoot. The camera also picks up every stray hair so make sure to apply pomade or hairspray. If you have long hair, it's a good idea to find a way to pin it back: this maximizes the amount of usable shots we'll get.
Men: Unless you wear a beard or stubble as a matter of pride, shave the morning of your shoot, and apply a tiny amount of moisturizer to your face. Drink lots of water before the shoot, and put on some Chapstick or lip balm. Make sure your suit jacket (especially if it’s a dark fabric) and if you wear them, glasses, have been cleaned. The camera picks up every tiny piece of lint.
DURING OUR SHOOT
BEFOREHAND: The objective of any session is to capture the best version of who you are. Think about postures you naturally make. Do you tend to lean on your hands? Do you stand with your hands on your hips? Do you stand with one leg behind the other? If so, I'd love to capture these and what characteristically makes you YOU. Also, if you have a photo of yourself that you really like, send it to me.
LIABILITY WAIVER/MODEL WAIVER: Every client must complete a liability waiver/model release. You can view and print the release here. Please bring it with you to your session.
SETUP: It will take me about 10 minutes to choose a the right location, setup and calibrate the camera. When you get there try to breathe in the location. Feel the air, the wind, the sun. If inside, hum your favorite song. This will help you relax. If you get to the shoot before me, start looking around and think about what you might want in the background. I think of shoots as collaborative experiences, so if you've got suggestions, let's try them.
HOW TO STAND/FACIAL EXPRESSIONS: I’ll start out by giving you some direction about how and where to stand. It can be a little nerve wracking at first but the best way to lose those nerves is to start moving. Moving makes you more comfortable so please feel free to shake it off, twirl, jump, lean on things, smile, don't smile, put your hands in your pockets, cross your arms behind your back, and do whatever you're feeling. I'm here to make you look amazing and I've got plenty of digital space so GO FOR IT. Every time you hear the camera click, do something different. After five minutes you won't even notice the camera anymore. Also, I've always got music on my phone so ask for it or bring yours and let's turn it up.
REVIEWING SHOTS: I will let you review the shots as we’re shooting to give you an idea of what we’re capturing. As you are reviewing keep in mind that you are looking at the raw shots. Sometimes it’s hard for folks to look at these, so if you’d prefer not to review, let me know.
AFTER YOUR SHOOT
PROOFS: I will go through all of your shots after your session and choose the best 20-40 shots and put them in an online gallery or you to review within 3 to 4 days of your shoot. When you’re reviewing your contact sheet, look for your expressions you like the best. Most things can be fixed during the editing process.
RETOUCHING: During the editing process I will remove minor blemishes, lighten lines under the eyes and adjust the color and crop the final image. I do not remove wrinkles, swap heads or slim limbs. If you like additional retouching, I would be happy to refer you to professional retoucher. It’s expensive but if you have a specific look in mind, she can help you further.
RECEIVING FILES: It’ll take about a week to turn around your edited images (unless we’ve spoken about about a different timeline). I will upload the final images to Pixieset where you can download a zip file of your final images. Please download your images ASAP. I usually clear out this online gallery after about two weeks.
PAYMENT: Payment for your session is due in advance. Please book your session through Square. If you are having trouble finding a time, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what time your preferred time. Sometimes I can move things around to make the work for your schedule.
Anything else? Please don’t hesitate to ask. Otherwise I will see you soon!