I'm so excited to shoot a portrait of you! I always feel like people are more relaxed when they know what to wear/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
This is the toughest area for most clients. When picking clothes, choose clothing you'd wear to meet new clients or customers. Colors and patterns that contrast your eyes or skin tones make you stand out from the scene. Don’t be afraid of color (except neon). White and black are classic, but no matter the color, be sure to choose something well-tailored that has recently been cleaned. The high resolution images we will take pick up every bit of lint.
You want this image to speak clearly for you, so you want to look your best.
For women: If you're not a hair or makeup person, consider using a professional to help. Ulta or Sephora are two inexpensive options. When you're booking your appointment with them, make sure to mention it is for a business photo, so you need a style where your hair is away from your face. If you have long hair, it's a good idea to find a way to pin it back: this maximizes the amount of great shots we'll get. For makeup, use matte products, as products that sparkle accentuate lines. Go easy on the eyeliner: it's hard to edit out and almost always makes the eyes look more narrow. If you're not a makeup person, use a moisturizer and consider basic under-eye concealer and mascara as a way to look your best on camera. No matter what, drink lots of water before your shoot and wear Chapstick or lip balm. This may seem random, but it makes your lips look moisturized (not shiny), and you can always add your favorite lip color on top of that if you like color. As for hair, hairspray and pomade are fantastic at smoothing flyaways.
For 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. Seriously, it matters.
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 love, send it to me. If you tend to get VERY nervous on camera have a half a glass of wine beforehand. Though be wary. Too much and your face will (*sorry*) look a bit saggy. Plft, gravity!
SETUP: If we're shooting outside, it will take me about 10 minutes to choose a good location, setup and calibrate the camera. When you get there try to breathe in the location. Feel the air, the wind, the sun. 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, squat, lean on things, smile, don't smile, put your hands in your hair, 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. I won't be screaming 'be the tiger, be the tiger' but I'll be thinking it. Kidding. ;) Every time you hear the camera click, do something different. I swear 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 ones and post them to Dropbox for 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.
RECEIVING FILES: It’ll take about a week to turn around your four edited images. Additional edited images are $20/per image.
PAYMENT: You can pay in cash, via check or submit payment through PayPal or Venmo. Just ask me for my user names.
SEE YOU SOON!