Your Photo Session
Contact us so we can schedule your photo session. Be sure to have your activities calendar and work schedule handy. Session fees must be prepaid at the time they are booked. This allows us to reserve your session time for you. Be sure to send your check or money order promptly or go to our payment page for online payment.
Planning for your session
Many people are very excited and nervous about their photo session. This is normal and means that they care about the upcoming session. Being thoroughly prepared will make it easier for everyone. Chances ar that you probably have never done anything like this before. We have put together this information to help you prepare for your sitting.
Arrive on time!! Be at the studio or location 10 minutes prior to your sitting time. During this time, we will go over your clothing selections with you and get you settled into your dressing area. If you are late it may be necessary to reschedule part of your sitting. Remember, all props and poses are chosen according to your clothing style. Please bring at least one extra outfit, just in case.
It's OK to bring extra outfits if you're not sure what would look best - we can help pick the most photogenic ones.
VARIETY: Variety is very important. Most seniors wear a variety of casual to formal outfits. That way Mom and Dad get what they want, and the student gets what they want! Variety in color is also important. Don't bring all light colored clothing or all dark colored clothing. That way, you'll get the best variety in backgrounds and portraits.
HELPFUL HINTS: Horizontal stripes and bold patterns are distracting and make you appear larger than you really are. Solid colors are best. Avoid sleeveless or short sleeves. (Girls - wear beige undergarments.) Make sure your clothing is neatly pressed. Remember to dress completely as some full length portraits will be taken. This means socks and shoes that match or compliment the outfit. No white shoes or socks - black and brown look best.
"I don't like my hair" is the comment we hear the most. Take care to examine your hair as often as you like during your session. Your hair is your responsibility. With all the different hairstyles, it is impossible for us to be the authority on your hair because it is so personal. Do not introduce a new or trendy hairstyle for your portrait. Remember, ten years from now, today's "look" may be out of style. Try to have your hair cut at least one week before your session. Guys - be sure to have your neck shaved too.
The correct use of makeup can enhance your portraits and reduce extra retouching costs.
GUYS and GIRLS: Skin color foundation: Foundation can help perfect uneven skin color and makes your skin appear smoother. Works well for light complexions. Foundation should match your skin color. Under eye concealer: Concealer reduces dark pigmentation under the eyes. it also works well to hide blemishes. Concealer should be 1/2 - 1 full shade lighter than your foundation. Set your foundation and concealer with powder.
POWDER: Powder reduces sheen. Eliminating shiny foreheads and noses on finished prints can be difficult and expensive to remove. Some people tend to perspire walking to sets or under the lights. Powder will tone the shine down. Be sure to bring it with you to your session.
MANICURE: Guys and Girls - Well manicured nails will enable us to work with your hands more effectively. Girls - if you're wearing artificial nails, be sure to bring glue/repair kit to your session. Fresh shave for Guys: "Five o'clock shadow" photographs just as badly as it sounds. A clean shave is best.
What props should you bring? That depends on you! We suggest that you make a list of your hobbies and interests, and the activities you are involved in. What would you like people to remember about you 10-20 years from now? Once you have made this list it will be easier to think of different props you can bring that will help express who you are.
IDEAS FOR OUTDOOR PROPS: Vehicles, boats, motorcycles, golf clubs, bicycles, roller blades, hats, jackets, horses, dogs, a friend, etc...
IDEAS FOR INDOOR PROPS: FOR SPORTS and CHEERLEADING: uniforms, trophies, medals, sports equipment, jerseys, pom-poms, megaphones, pillows, etc...
OTHER IDEAS: Collections (coins, stuffed animals, baseball cards, etc...), hobbies (computers, books, artwork/crafts, etc..), hunting/fishing equipment, pets, musical instruments (sheet music, music stand, etc..), or a friend. Do you have a favorite sports team? Bring blankets, helmets, sweatshirts, jackets, pennants, banners, posters, or whatever else you might have.
REMEMBER: There is no additional charge to create poses of you with your props. Make sure to let us know if you have any particular ideas for these poses, or just leave that up to us.