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 natural and relaxed. 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 we will take care of the rest.
Can we bring props?
Yes, of course! You are welcome to bring and use any props in your photo 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: Flowers, 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.
The session can be as formal or casual as you want it to be. Choose an outfit that you love and feel comfortable in. 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.
Girls, don't be afraid to play up your assets. If you have great legs, don't hesitate to show them off a little. If you have an area of insecurity, think about how you can minimize that with your outfit choice. Scarves/pashminas are great accessories that can totally help to highlight the best version of you. If you have insecurities that you want to share with me - please do. BUT, you're not allowed to do it during your session. Let's get that out of the way beforehand, so it doesn't bring us down on session day.
Paint your nails (clear or neutral colors work best).
Style your hair before your session, choosing a comfortable style that you know looks good.
If you have long hair, be ready to put their hair up in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.
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.
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.
Eat a light meal before you leave.
Arrive on time. If you are running late, contact your photographer to let them know your estimated time of arrival. If you arrive with a significant delay, the shoot may be shortened 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?
Most people hope for a bright sunny day for their session, and the majority of our sessions do have clear skies. However, cloudy/overcast weather is my ideal lighting situation since there are no harsh shadows on people's faces and those with sensitive eyes won't struggle to keep their eyes open.
We do get the occasional passing showers which are very common and we can just 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 60-90 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to reschedule your session.
If you have any photo requests (not more than 3-4), feel free to let us know at the beginning of your session. It's usually easiest to just show us sample photos from your phone.
** Bring a towel ** It's helpful to have a towel to dust off sandy feet after your session.
***Hair accessories*** If anyone has long hair, be ready to put their hair up in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.