for better portraits
plenty of rest the night before your appointment!
much sun results in harsh glare in your pictures. This cannot be
Deep tans will also produce this effect. Tan-lines can only be
by digital (computer) retouching at additional cost. Please use
on your nose, ears and cheeks Two Weeks prior to your session.
try a new haircut for
your pictures. Do get a trim a couple weeks prior to your appointment.
Go with what works for you. Try something new later.
smooth out any blemishes will also diminish shine. While Glitter
is popular in makeup and lipstick now... please avoid using this for
good shave before
your session will look best. If you do not wear a beard all the time,
shave! If it's a new look you plan to go with, you may have some poses
with and then without... "It's a compromise!"
selection - Mostly
anything goes! We will match your outfits to backgrounds and colors
your personality and style.
sleeves photograph best.
sleeves are acceptable
outdoors. Clothing without sleeves (including spaghetti straps) show a
lot of skin which will add a heavier perception to your pictures. If
are concerned about how your arms or legs will appear in your photos
regard to perceived size/heaviness) ...don't wear anything sleeveless.
Make sure your shirts and pants are clean and neatly on hangers to
to the studio. So that hangers do not stretch sweaters, please fold
to bring with your other clothes. DON'T
YOUR CLOTHES into a bag on your way out the door to your appointment.
Guys- Bring unprinted
matching color t-shirts to wear under buttondown shirts. Dark
Dark; White under Light.
you wear glasses...
Please Get a pair of matching frames without lenses from your
Lights glare and sky reflections will be billed $40 additional if we
to remove these from your pictures.
have to wear a tie?"
No... it's your portraits, it's your style. We can help you tie it if
don't know how :)
is one of your most
important decisions. Choose colors in clothing that are complimentary
your skin tone. Earth tones are best for outdoor portraits.
Shoes are very welcome
to be included as part of your outfit. In most cases, however, the
will be above the knee, and especially for most of our outdoor
please bring a sensible pair of shoes for walking. Lakeside,
off-road and our popular railroad bridge locations are not places for
new white school shoes or dress heels...an old pair of shoes would be
skin blemishes such as acne, eye or neck wrinkles, moles and scars are
cleaned up during portrait finishing. Work to remove or correct stray
clothing wrinkles, whitening teeth, shadows caused by hair, glitter
as makeup, bruises, and other similar corrections will require
you would like tattoos to show (or not,) just tell us. Scars can be
or softened by request, but are not automatically included in
MAKE YOUR SESSION
STAND OUT! Bring accessories (No Charge)
as sunglasses, coats, leather jackets, hats, sports stuff (uniforms,
bats, trophies, etc.), musical instruments, collections, posters and
stuffed animals, pets (if housebroken; check with the studio ahead of
cats should be in a carrier), a car, a friend, your phone... anything
says "This is me!"
may bring examples
of your favorite portraits of your friends, or cut them out of your
magazines. Make suggestions, it's all good to add to the variety we