What to Wear

In the late nineties a trend emerged: the family portrait with matching white t-shirts and denim jeans. Thankfully we’ve evolved stylistically since then and that trend should be left in the past. So what should you wear for your session?

  • Colour: This is the best place to start when deciding on wardrobe options. For summer, try the following pastels, muted tones and soft neutrals: blush, nude, rose, lavender, saffron yellow, cream, sand, tan, dove grey, cornflower blue, and maroon. In winter, go for richer tones that ‘pop’ against the brown toned landscape: deep purple, emerald green, navy, denim blue, maroon, deep red, slate grey, and saddle brown. For family and couples sessions, the trick is pulling off a co-ordinated look and not matchy-matchy; so choose similar tones and shades and not the exact same colour. And if you see bright colours, remember to go for muted shades and tones instead.
  • Patterns, Logos & Prints: Your photos should have a timeless look where the focus is on you and your loved ones, not the gigantic logo running down the entire front of your husband’s shirt. If you want that polished look to your photos, remember NO logos, cartoon characters and large, bold print. Gingham check? Awesome! Petite floral print? So pretty, please wear! Tiny polka dots? Cool beans!
  • Accessories: Coco Chanel had it right when it comes to accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Don’t go crazy on accessories and keep it simple opting for smaller jewellery items that don’t wear you, and scarves that fit your colour palette.

If you’ve booked a contemporary session for yourself in studio, then you’re welcome to bring along an outfit or two, or even a selection of wardrobe items so that we can create a unique look for you. 

Preparing for Makeup

Just as paint goes on better to a well prepared canvas, so it’s the same with makeup. With lifestyle, contemporary and fine art packages including complimentary makeup for one person, here are a few tips to ensure you will look amazing in your photos.

  • The days leading up to your session are not the time to try things like chemical peels, skin needling and other invasive facial treatments. Such treatments leave your skin sensitive and there’s no predicting how your skin will react to them, or whether it will be fully healed in time for your session.
  • If you’d like to do a skin mask, ensure you do so three days before your session so your skin has a chance to settle.
  • Exfoliate! Makeup goes on and looks much better on skin that’s freshly exfoliated, ideally the day before your session. Don’t forget your lips either, especially if you plan on wearing darker or shimmer/metallic lipsticks. For a healthy glow, give yourself a full body exfoliation and follow it up with plenty of moisturiser.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and to keep yourself well hydrated as well in the days leading up to your session.
  • When it’s time for your session, ensure you arrive with clean, makeup free skin.

Preparing for your Session

Everyone wants to look good in a photo, and that’s especially true for portrait sessions. The following tips will ensure you not only look your best, but feel it too.

  • Hair: Don’t do anything too drastic in the weeks leading up to your session date, just in case something goes wrong. Wash and style as you normally would or take the opportunity to get a blowout at the salon.
  • Facial Hair: Guys, if you typically shave then ensure you’re clean shaven. If you sport a beard, mustache or goatee, then make sure it’s neatly trimmed and combed through.
  • Nails: If you normally have your nails done professionally, then ensure you get yours done a few days before your session date. For the guys and those who prefer short, natural nails- be sure to give them a trim and scrub just before your session.
  • Bloat: No-one wants to look like they’re carrying a food-baby so try to avoid heavy, salty meals in the hours prior to your session. Being bloated makes you feel uncomfortable and it shows in your photos.

What Happens at your Session

It’s finally session day! Ensuring you feel comfortable is my number one priority to ensure we get natural photos; so before we begin we have a chat about what we’ll be doing for your session. From there I’ll ease you into your session, guiding you to act naturally and interact with your environment and loved ones: Embrace your partner, feel the moment, hug your kids and let them be kids and explore. If we’re shooting in studio I will guide you into poses that show you at your absolute best and ensure you feel confident and relaxed. Before you know it, your session has wrapped and we have plenty of emotive portraits that capture you at your natural best.

After your Session

With your portrait session wrapped, your photos are then backed up and the selection process begins as I choose all of the best photos. From there I do the first stage of editing to perfect the overall stylised look of your photos; it’s at this point that you get the opportunity to select your photos from a private online gallery and purchase extras and prints if you so wish.

Once I have your selection, it’s time for more advanced editing to ensure you look your natural best; a process that takes between 7 and 10 days. Once your photos are fully processed, they are uploaded to your own private online gallery where they are accessible from any device with an internet connection for the next 12 months.

Delivery

Gone are the days of CDs! Your photos will be uploaded, in high resolution, to a private online gallery where they can be accessed by any device with an internet connection for the next 12 months. You can then easily download your photos, share to social media or invite friends and family to view your photos. If you’ve ordered canvases or other printed items, they will be ready to collect from my home studio within 7 to 10 workings days of your online gallery going live.

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