Tips from Photography Experts

Trust us, this isn't our first rodeo. Because you'll be looking at these photographs for the rest of your life, keep these tips in mind when preparing for your appointment.


Clothing Tips

Solid Colors Photograph Best.

Patterns, checks, and stripes tend to be distracting in portraits. Solid colors draw attention to your expression instead of your outfit.

Variety is Important.

If one of your outfits is light colored, bring another that is dark. If one is dressy, bring another that is casual. If one is short-sleeved or sleeveless, bring another that's long-sleeved. If you are wearing shorts with one outfit, bring pants for another. Outfit variety helps make your portraits more interesting.

Avoid Strong Contrast Between Pants & Shirts.

If you have a dark shirt or sweater, wear dark pants or jeans with it. If you have a light top, keep the pants light, too. This serves to keep the attention on your expression, not on what you are wearing.

What Colors Work Best?

Just about any color photographs well if the above guidelines are followed. If you are not sure about how a particular outfit will photograph, bring it along and Glen will help you with the final selection.

Avoid Strapless Tops

Unless you have thin arms, we highly recommend that you do not wear strapless or spaghetti strap shirts.

 

 

What About...

Make Up?

If you wear make up, you'll want to have some in your portraits. Remember that a little goes a long way. Pay special attention to your eyes and lips, as they are the first things people will see in your portraits. If you don't normally wear make up, try some clear lipgloss to keep your lips from looking dry or cracked.

Avoid glitter! Glitter leaves small white dots on your skin in photographs. Trust us, you won't like it.

Glasses?

If you wear glasses all the time, you'll definitely want them for your portraits. To eliminate glare, call your optician and arrange to borrow a pair of empty frames like yours or have the lenses removed from your own frames.

If you choose to wear your glasses with the lenses i, keep in mind that removing glass glare from your photographs will be done at your expense.

Sun Tan?

It is very important to avoid spending time in the sun or tanning booth before your session. It's almost impossible to fix a sunburn or peeling face. Tan lines from swimsuits or tank tops can be corrected, but at your expense.

 
 

General Tips

Hair

Please be aware that your hair is completely your responsibility. We are not hair stylists and don't adjust your hair during your session. Remember to check your hair each time you leave the dressing room. If you are bringing someone with you to your session, ask them to help adjust your hair throughout your session.

Hats & Other Props

Feel free to bring a favorite hat, pair of sunglasses, or other clothing item to include in a few of your portraits. If you are involved in a sport or club, bring props (football, letter jacket, medals, etc.) that help personalize your session. 

Parents

Most seniors bring one or both parents with them to their session. Since some of your portraits are for them and other family members, we welcome them and encourage them to sit in on the session. You will have a lot of different poses taken, so its okay to do a few shots for Mom & Dad. 

 

 

What to Bring

Bring More Outfits Than You Need To.

If you are doing a larger session that includes outfits from home, bring a variety of outfits with you. We will help you decide which will be most flattering in photographs.

Wear Your First Outfit to Your Session.

Come dressing in one of your outfits from home; we will start with that outfit first. Be prepared to change quickly in the dressing rooms between outfits. The faster you change, the more time you'll have in front of the camera.

Have Someone Come to Help & Watch.

Feel free to bring a parent, friend, or sibling along so they can help with your clothing and hair. Besides, they help you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Because seating is limited in the camera room, please only invite 2 guests.

Bring Photos You Like.

If you see photos you like in magazines, websites, or from a friend's portraits, bring them with you and show Glen before you start your session. By bringing your own ideas, you're sure to get the styles you like.

 
 

What If I...

Have Braces?

If you wear braces right now, they are as must a part of you as your hairstyle and clothes. Don't be self-conscious about smiling! If you don't like your braces in your portrait, they can be removed digitally for $50 per pose.

Have Blemishes?

As part of our service, each pose you have made into a finished portrait receives level one retouching. This removes blemishes and softens facial lines. To make retouching less obvious, use a little make up on problem areas.