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Clothing Tips

Helpful Hints for a Great Session

 

ARRIVE 5 MINUTES EARLY. If your late you lose time taking pictures.

 

 

 

GIRLS

 

Solids photograph best! AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Also bring a variety of color, don't bring 5 blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it except for your own school logo. Vary the style, all one look (like tanks) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff YOU like.

 

Remember the faster you change the more variety we can do. Spend all day in the dressing room, you get less time in front of the camera. We suggest you A couple of extra outfits so we can help you pick the ones that will work best.

 

Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely.

 

Group your outfits together ON HANGARS. It is amazing how many people come in with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are wrinkled! Make sure they are ironed. Although we have an iron for touch ups, we don't want to waste your time on ironing.

 

If you are doing an outdoor session, most locations do not have places to change. But if you wear a layered outfit, you can add or drop a piece for a different look.

 

 

CLOTHING STYLES

Make sure your clothing flatters you. If you think you have large arms, be careful of sleeveless styles, they can make your arms look bigger. Shirts with sleeves are best.

 

Wild to mild. We don't really tell you what you can and can not wear. A little sexy is OK, but don't make ALL of your outfits that way. We photograph everything from prom dresses to jean shorts. What one person likes may not be appropriate for the next person. Our philosophy is as long as it is rated PG, we were good with it.

 

 

MAKEUP

Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. About like you might wear in the evening. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps. So if your mascara is old and clumpy, replace it first. Avoid makeup with "sparkles" in it. When you move, it makes a nice shimmer, but in a photo, where you are still, it creates a little white spot that almost looks like a zit. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color. A little lip gloss with a slight color is great for bringing out your lips.

 

 

 

FINGER & TOE NAILS

NAILS SHOW! If they have the paint all chipped off, it will show. Many casual shots are done barefoot, so don't forget about those toes! Avoid real bright colors. Natural or basic work best. We don't want to draw attention to your neon orange toe nails. And they may look really bad with your next outfit!

 

 

BOYS

 

First of all AVOID STRIPES AND PLAID!! Solids photograph much better! Also bring a variety of color, don't bring 5 blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Avoid large, bold brand names or words on clothing. Already, a few big names from just a few years ago, you would not be caught dead wearing now. No need to make your portraits advertising billboards for a clothing brand.. Vary the style, all one look (like tanks) gets boring. Vary the dress level, bring some dressy, some medium and some casual. Remember, it is best to do one or two outfits that mom will like, then we can do the stuff YOU like.

Bring a dark t-shirt to wear under dark shirts. A white t-shirt triangle under a dark shirt sticks out like a sore thumb. so bring a black or gray.

 

 

Spend all day in the dressing room, you get less time in front of the camera. We suggest you bring extra outfits so we can help you pick the ones that will work best.

 

Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan outfits completely. It is hard to do a full length formal in your suit if all you brought was big old tennis shoes.

 

Group your outfits together ON HANGARS. It is amazing how many people come in with clothes stuffed in a plastic bag and wonder why they are wrinkled! Make sure they are ironed. Although we have an iron for touch ups, we don't want to waste your time on ironing.

 

 

SHAVING

Please make sure you are clean shaven. Stubble does not look as good as a clean shave. Got a goatee that mom hates, but you love? Do your casual shots first with it on, then bring a razor and go to the restroom and shave it off for mom's formals. Everyone is happy that way!

 

EVERYONE

 

HAIR

Avoid changing your hairstyle or cutting your hair right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but make it quick or you loose camera time. Artificially bleached hair is often not best, in 10 years you might say "What was I thinking??" Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be.

 

Although our photographer and assistant try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair "is supposed to look like". So make sure you like the look or let them know your preferences. Hair style is ultimately YOUR responsibility.

 

PROPS

BRING THEM!! Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: Sports equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, hurdle, whatever), sports uniforms, music instruments (from school tuba to rock guitar), activities (dance leotard and shoes, swimming, hobbies, you name it!), You can be photographed with your vehicles motorcycles, cars, trucks during your outdoor session.

 

GLASSES

Most glasses glare! Some prescriptions more than others. Your best bet is to check with your optometrist. Most will "loan" you an empty set of frames similar to yours for your photo session.

 

COMPLEXION

We retouch blemishes, so don't worry about minor breakouts.

 

PETS

Pets are OK as long as they are house broken. It is a good idea to have someone bring a pet, then leave with them after. Or bring a pet carrier to contain them while you are being photographed without them. Treats can be helpful to hold a dogs attention.

 

FRIENDS & PARENTS

Parents are welcome. HOWEVER, if they distract you, it is best to have them wait in the gallery. You can have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or sibling at no extra charge.

 

WEATHER FOR OUTDOOR PORTRAITS

Let's face it, we are at the mercy of mother nature. If it rains, no don't worry will do your indoor session and simply reschedule the outdoor part. Don't worry about clouds, they actually HELP! Remember even if it's raining still come for the indoor part of your session it's much easier just to rescheudle the outside part for another time.

 

TATTOOS, SCARS and BRACES

Just let the photographer know if you want tattoos to show or not. It is that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. Braces can also be removed by request at a slight extra charge.