One of the most common things I hear from clients is, “I have no idea how we should dress.”
No worries, I’ve got you covered.
Portraits are created to immortalize a moment in time, and often, these portraits are displayed front and center in your home. The pressure to look good is a little heavy, and that’s where I step in with my clients.
During their Style Consult, we talk a lot about the look they are going for. Sometimes clients know exactly what they want, and other times they have no clue. When I sit down to plan a client’s session, here’s what we do:
Choose a style.
When you submit an inquiry form on our website, we ask how you would like to be photographed, and include some examples to choose from; this is your desired Style (or Styles).
The mom from this Fall Family Portrait session knew she wanted everyone to dress classically: dressy attire, but not too over the top. So we went from there.
Decide on colors.
How are you planning to display your portraits? If you’re thinking of a room in your home, you may want to consider having a pallet that compliments the room you have in mind. Or maybe there is a holiday card design you’ve been eyeing, think of colors that will look good in that layout.
We wanted to go for a gold and cream look here, and we knew Burgundy would offer a nice contrast, especially considering our shooting location.
Book hair and makeup appointments.
Even if you feel you can do your own hair and makeup, take it from me, it’s so much better to treat yourself to booking with a stylist and makeup artist. Not only are you guaranteed to look amazing for your shoot, but you’ll also be a lot more relaxed with one less thing to worry about.
For this shoot, the mom’s hair was styled by @taylordhair and her makeup was done by @allieyamaguchi. Be sure to check out these ladies’ Instagrams, especially if you’re looking for artists for the upcoming holidays.
Accessories will truly make or break your shoot. Sure, “less is more,” but I would love to style a session with many shiny and sparkly pieces. =]
The dress was our accessory for this shoot. I found it in my studio stash and instantly knew it would be perfect for this style. (Yes, I do look for outfits for my clients, but only if they let me.)
Rock the shoot!
Now that you have all the styling components for your shoot, get out there and work it! Even if you’re a bit nervous, your photographer should be able to direct you into poses that flatter you. No need to worry about if you “look good,” your photographer has that under control.
As I tell my clients, “Relax, and be beautiful!”
Just remember, your portrait experience should be enjoyable. And with a little planning and preparation, you will absolutely love them.
November is in full swing, and you know what that means? That’s right: Family Portraits!
I shoot a lot of maternity and newborn portraits, but that doesn’t mean I don’t shoot families. Actually, since I meet a majority of my families during their pregnancy, I usually get to see them once a year after for their family portraits.
Fall Family Portraits are quite popular for a few reasons:
Fall gives a Golden Hour that is totally worth keeping the kids out a bit past bedtime (Daylight Savings makes it even earlier).
The leaves are changing and gives a backdrop of yummy warm autumn tones.
Holiday Cards need to be made and mailed, and what makes a better Holiday Card than a gorgeous family portrait?
Right now, we are offering a free set of Holiday Cards with your Family Portrait reservation. Choose a design from out catalog, and maybe even custom postage stamps, to give Holiday Gifts your family and friends will surely adore.
One of my favorite perks of my job is seeing all of these beautiful babies grow! I’ve heard people say being a newborn and baby photographer can be a hazardous occupation because you always have baby fever. But to me, it’s the perfect baby-fix: I get to have fun with them for a couple of hours, coo over how adorable they are, then send them back with Mom and Dad as I await our next photo-play-date.
Recently, the Oooldman and I got to see this sweet baby, along with her mom, dad, big brother and god parents. Anytime we get together with this family, it’s more than just a photo shoot, or portrait reveal, it’s good ol’ quality time for everyone– another perk to the job.
We’ll get together again in about 6 months to do her 1st Year Portraits and Cake Smash, and I’ve already been putting together the details to tie in this precious series of shots.
I recently had the pleasure of capturing a beautiful Mommy-Daughter duo.
The two of them together was a pair of never-ending laughs, giggles, snuggles, and kisses. Just watching them interact during the short time we were together, I could tell they were the best of friends.
We met at Lake Chabot, in San Leandro, CA, and I pretty much snapped away as they enjoyed their time together. That’s how strong their connection was: I had to do very little work!
Working on their gallery was such a pleasure because I have a little girl, who I’m hoping will grow into one of my closest friends (once we pass the bratty stages lol).
If you’re a mommy to a little girl, and you’re looking at these photos, I hope they warm your heart as much as they did mine.