Whether you’re having family photos taken or your teen is about to have their senior photos taken, don’t stress!! I know it’s easier said than done, but what’s most important is that you’re relaxed. Here are some tips to help you calm those pre-photoshoot jitters:
Tip #1: Prepare Your Outfits a Few Weeks in Advance.
- Not sure what to wear? Don’t worry, I’ll send you an outfit guide! It’s always best to pick neutral tones (cream, gray, tan) or muted tones (eucalyptus green, mauve pink, dusty blue, etc.). There is no need to wear matching clothes; leave the jeans-and-matching-polo look in the 90s’. Everyone will look better if they’re wearing what fits their personality best. Pick a complimentary color palette, and you’ll all look fabulous.
- It’s best to stay away from neon colors. The bright color will not only distract from your beautiful face, but it’ll also reflect onto your surroundings (other people in the photo, your face, etc.).
- Be careful of undergarment choices. While I have advanced Photoshop skills, editing out a stray bra strap, panty lines, or wrinkles is time-consuming and difficult. Make sure you wear clothes that are ironed and that will properly cover your undergarments in all types of posing scenarios.
- If you’re someone who has a newborn, baby, or toddler don’t be afraid to bring a few outfit choices. You never know when a spit-up or a blow-out situation will happen, so it never hurts to have a backup outfit or two.
- Still not sure what to wear? Don’t hesitate to email or text me, and I’ll be more than happy to help you make the final outfit decisions!
Tip #2: Make Sure Everyone Has Been Fed and Had a Nap.
This one is specifically targeted toward the little ones in your life (and maybe even your partner, too). Photo shoots will be quick and easy if everyone is in a good mood. The occasional small meltdown is inevitable (they also can make great candid shots), but no one wants to deal with a temper tantrum. If you want to bring some snacks to help take the edge off (or use them as a bribe) I’m totally okay with that!
Tip #3: How to Pose For Photos
- I always come prepared to photo shoots with poses and prompts that I know will make you look good. If you want to look up a few poses on Pinterest to help prepare yourself, go for it! If you find some poses you want to try, I’m always open to new ideas! I want you to feel comfortable and be yourself. If you feel that a pose doesn’t express you well enough, let me know, and we’ll switch it up.
- As much as we love to say “cheese!” the authentic smiles are what matter most. You’ll laugh, tickle, snuggle, and have a downright good time with each other. Little ones will automatically go for the “cheese!” look, but you can help me create more candid and natural shots by interacting with them.
Most Importantly – Relax and Enjoy!
This tip is the most important one of all! Like I said before, photo shoots can go by quickly. Take this time and enjoy these special moments with your loved ones. I’ll do most of the work for you, so just sit back, relax, and have fun! I promise you’ll love your photos!