I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that every woman is beautiful. Congratulations on taking that step to have images taken of yourself!! It is so important that you exist in portraits and I promise to take good care of you and allow you to shine.
I have been doing this for over 24 years. So I know how to pose you to make you look your best. I will help guide you through posing and expressions. I know how to edit to make you look your best natural self. We will pamper you with a fun make over that will make you look like the best version of yourself so you can concentrate on just enjoying yourself.
It is very important that you take a few moments and go through this information. I have created it because it is important to a good and successful session.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BEFORE YOUR SESSION
As you begin to plan for your day and what you will wear, please refer to the what to wear and what not to wear portion of this guide. It is extremely important to wear the right clothing to help make sure your portraits are timeless and beautiful.
YOUR CLOTHING CHOICES WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOUR PHOTOS
Make sure all haircuts or color is done a week or two before your session to give it time to grow out a bit & settle in.
If you are planning on being in the sun and getting color. Be sure to watch for burns and tan lines. Fixing tan lines in photoshop is an extra fee. A little bit of color is great, but too tan might not look good in photos.
Make SURE all of your clothes are pressed and on hangers (and not bunched up in a bag). Wrinkles will show and will not look good. Put all coordinating accessories in a baggie and hang on hanger with each outfit.
It is important to have the right under-thingys for your outfits. So try them each on and have everything ready. Make sure you like how you look in each outfit from different angles.
Feel free to go through my galleries and screenshot some of your favorite poses. While I will be shooting with my photographic style... it is often helpful to see what you like. You can also email or text those images to me before your session (info on contact page).
Please use lip balm generously a week before the session to avoid chapped lips.
Get a good night sleep before the session so you will look rested.
DURING YOUR SESSION
We will meet at the scheduled location at the scheduled time and take a few minutes to go over your clothing choices and answer any questions you may have.
The HMUA will chat with you to get an idea of the make up & hair style look you want. You can then settle in for some real pampering!
Please do not come in one of your outfits. A button down shirt and comfy bottoms are best for your time in the make up chair.
Once we start shooting, I will help guide you through the entire session... no need to worry about what you are supposed to be doing. I don't expect you to know how to pose or what to do. I just want you to relax and enjoy your session. Since this session is for you... I want you to feel free to bring up any ideas you may have.
AFTER YOUR SESSION
Now you can relax...you DID it! The hard part is over. Your minimum order will be paid after your session so that I can get started on editing and creating your beautiful image gallery.
We will make a portrait viewing appointment a week or two after your session for you to come back in and few your images on a gallery wall. You will be placing your order with me during this appointment, so bring along anyone else involved in the decision process.
Once your order is placed and the minimum met, I will create your gallery and send you an email with a link and password. Your gallery will be up and active for two months so you can enjoy and share it for more time.
Once you place your order, I am happy to send you FREE web sized files to share on social media of any images in your order (up to 12)
CHECK OUT THESE LINKS FOR PREPARING FOR YOUR DAY...
Good question and I don't have a good answer... there are a lot of variables that will be a factor such as hair & make up, changing outfits and set ups. I don't work sessions by time, but by capturing the images we need. But I would suggest you allow about 3 hours for the appointment.
DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL IMAGES?
Yes. I have different options for digitals. I have options for large digital files and collections with print rights. I also offer FREE watermarked web sized files of images in your order that i can send you once you place your order.
CAN I SHARE PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK?
Yes! I LOVE that you share your images!! Once you receive your FREE web images... feel free to share and tag those!
CAN I BRING ANYONE TO THE SESSION?
This is YOUR day. I want the focus to be on you and would much rather you come alone. I do have add ons if you want to have a husband, mom or child in some images or make it a friends day. But if these are just for you, please come by yourself.
I MIGHT FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF A CAMERA.
I realize this is not a question, but usually a big concern with clients doing sessions like these. I want you to relax in knowing that I have over 20 years experience in photographing women and posing to make you look your best. Know that I will guide you in posing throughout the session so you won't feel like you have to know what to do.
I HAVEN'T LOST THE WEIGHT I WAS HOPING TO LOOSE...
Once again... not a question but a HUGE concern with most of us women! (myself included!) My experience helps in this regard as well as posing can make a big difference in shaping a women's body. Clothing choices are also a big factor and I am here to help you find your best styles for this. All of that plus my expertise in photoshop will provide images that make you look your best!