Portrait Session Prep
Your portrait session is coming up! Below are some tips to get your ready for your session.
I’m all about capturing your love and story exactly the way it unfolds. I want to tell a story about your love, family, or you as a couple and what makes it unique and fun. Therefore, I will have some super fun and silly prompts that I will be giving you during your session. These prompts can be anything, including something silly to make you guys laugh, something deep that will show lots of emotion or a deeper connection, or something intimate that will get you guys nice and snuggled up together. Whatever it may be, just remember to relax and have fun!
The most frequently asked question is “what should we wear?” My best answer? Try to coordinate instead of match. Neutral colors photograph nicely. Neutral doesn’t have to mean only browns. Instead of green, try a forest green, replace a bright red with a deep, dark red; switch out yellow for mustard, try navy instead of blue. Bright colors such as turquoise, hot pink, bright reds, etc., will reflect off of your skin and cause your skin to be the color of whatever bright color top you might be wearing. Stay away from neons and really tiny patterns, as they don’t show up well in photographs. If your other half is more comfortable in solid colors, try choosing something with a little texture. Below is a great example of coordinating neutral colors.
2. Preparing your other half
You know your guy better than anyone else. If he’s expecting to show up and take a few pictures and be done, he will be in for a surprise when I tell him to “nuzzle”, “snuggle in close”, or ask him to sneak up behind you and play wrestle. I will be giving you guys some prompts that will show real emotions, and not just posted photos. Show him a few pictures on our facebook, just so he’s prepared for what he’s about to experience!
3. Take the Time of Day into Consideration & Be on Time
As a natural light photographer, lighting is super important. The best time of day to have your session is approximately an hour before sunset, which is referred to as the “golden hour.” This time before sunset gives you a gorgeous golden backlight and adds a soft, warm glow to your images. A time for your session will be discussed a few days prior to your scheduled session date. Another factor you will want to take into consideration is the weather. Overcast skies make for good images as well, but having an engagement session at 1 in the afternoon will give you harsh lighting throughout your images. Dark, cloudy, and rainy days will make your images look dark and moody, which is great if that’s your style! Remember, that since most sessions are done approximately an hour before sunset, it is super important to be on time. Take traffic and travel into consideration so you don’t miss out on any pretty lighting or session time!
All too often I hear “we aren’t very photogenic!” I work with couples daily, and it turns out all you need is a little guidance. I can tell you that often times it will take a good 20-30 minutes to warm up and get rid of that awkward or nervous feeling, so just relax and have a good time.
6. Consider the Visuals and Background
Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photobombed by a passerby. Based on the type of style you like, we are more than happy to recommend some great places!