KAI-PHOTO HAWAII | Tips for photo sessions

10 Tips to help prepare for your Photo Session

What can we expect the session to be like?
Our goal for the session is for you and your partner to have a great time hanging out with each other while we document the fun and spontaneous interactions between the both of you.  We will give you all the direction you need while keeping the session relaxed and natural.  We are happy to provide suggestions for poses and scenic spots that will photograph well so you have nothing to worry about.  Think of it like being on a date - just relax, have fun and let us do the rest.  You are welcome to bring and use any types of props for the session as well to make it a truly unique experience.

Can we bring props?
Yes, of course!  You are welcome to bring and use any props in your engagement session but they should fit the theme of your wedding or location of the session.  If you bring a prop but don’t really know what to do with it or how you might want to use in your photos, it could be awkward.  Some common "props" that have been included are: Pets, banners, picture frames,  wooden "&" sign, wooden initials, save the date signs, chalkboards, matching outfits, etc.  


When will the photos be ready?
Your photos will receive the same attention to detail and three-stage processing as your wedding photos and are typically ready within 2-3 weeks.  From that point, you can choose which images you'd like to use for your invitations, thank you cards, canvas enlargements, modern gallery block, etc. 


For Girls
Paint your nails (clear or neutral colors work best)
Style your hair before your session, choosing a comfortable style that you know looks good.

For Guys
Trim nails
Consider getting a haircut approximately one week prior to your session
Shave before your session


Get plenty of sleep the day before to avoid puffy eyes. 
Try to avoid wearing sunglasses on the way to the session - it will leave marks on your face and make your eyes more sensitive to the sun.  

The session can be as formal or casual as you want it to be. Choose an outfit that you love and feel comfortable in and make sure that your outfits not only compliment each other, but represent each of you.  Generally, long pants and collared shirts work well for Guys and dresses are a good choice for girls.  Guys can go with jeans for a more casual look or slacks for something more formal.  Girls can use a short or long dress for casual/formal.  With the extended session, many couples choose to have two different outfits for their session so you can have something formal AND fun. 

24 hours before the shoot
Make sure all outfits and accessories are ironed and properly packed. Pack outfits carefully to avoid wrinkles on clothes.
Tweeze eyebrows and the area between eyebrows. Be careful not to over tweeze.
Avoid greasy, spicy and salty food. Avoid alcohol. Drink plenty of water and have a good night's sleep.

The day of the shoot
Relax. Take more time than usual to get ready. Moisturize your skin.
Eat a light meal before you leave. 
Arrive on time. If late, contact your photographer to let them know your estimated time of arrival. If you arrive with significant delay, the shoot may be shortened as well and the number of final images may be reduced.

During the session
Have fun.  Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace.  Kiss.  Snuggle.  Play.  Doing these things will allow the photographer to capture the emotion and your personalities.  Show your photographer who you really are, so that they have the opportunity to capture your love through their lens.

What if it rains?
90% of our sessions will have clear skies, but we do get the occasional overcast day and passing showers.  Overcast lighting is actually the best type of lighting for portrait photography.  There are no harsh shadows on your faces and people with sensitive eyes won't struggle to keep their eyes open.  Passing showers are also very common and we can take shelter for 2-3 minutes while it passes.  

*In the event of heavy rain where a session is simply not possible, please contact your photographer at least 1-2 hours prior to the scheduled start time to reschedule your session.  

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