What Every Client Needs to Know

I’m so honored to help you create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. I’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your photos, and by the time you’ve read through this, you'll feel ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot, enjoy these moments with your family and let me create photos you’ll love forever.

These are only suggestions, but I encourage them to get the most out of your photos!

 

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style tips for her

Say Yes to the Dress
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera. Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. 

I'm not opposed to jeans or pants -- if this is something you'd like to go with, go for it! Maybe try a different color jean? These are just suggestions.

Choosing Colors
When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted and neutral shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all environments.

Flattering Your Features
In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. Let me know before the session of anything you are concerned about and I will do my best to make you feel your best in the photos.

Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also use a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan. 

Go Pro: Hair & Makeup
Professional hair and makeup looks amazing on camera and removes the stress of getting ready on your own.  This is the time to treat yourself! Whether it’s lash extensions or blown-out hair, professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. If you’re working with a makeup artist, have her apply your makeup in natural light, if possible, so that it looks fresh and not too heavy. Plus, that’s the type of light I’ll be shooting in, so it’ll give you the best expectation of how it will translate on camera. Sometimes clients feel like their professional makeup is “too much” at first, since it’s more than you would wear on a normal day, or that they're false lashes look too big, so if you feel that way at the beginning, don’t worry! Good makeup artists know how to get it all just right for the camera — and you’ll love the final result.


FASHON TIPS FOR HIM

The Best Fit
Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos.

How to Prep Your Man
Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos for two hours, because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Take fifteen minutes to educate and empower your guy. Tell him why you chose me and my style of photography. Once he knows it’s important, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing I hear from guys before photo sessions is this: because of a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it. By the time I’m done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!

Quick Tip: Confidence. It’s always the best accessory.
 

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PREPPING YOUR FAMILY

Coordinating the Crew
As you’re coordinating your outfit with your family, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about “matching,” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through.

Prepping Your Little Ones
Before your session, have toys/snacks that might help me get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. A lot of families discuss and pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone, for example. It also helps if they’re bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! They’re little, and I know that some days don’t always go as planned. I’ve seen it all and will make sure to get you great photos, regardless of their mood. My goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family!


Photo delivery timeline

1 Day social media sneak peek with one of my favorite photos
2 Weeks blog post with some highlights of our time together
3-4 Weeks online gallery with all of your final, retouched, high-resolution images

final note

I know I just gave you a lot to think about. I created this guide to help make your portrait session experiences something you’ll look back fondly on for years and years to come. At the end of the day, though, the outfits you select won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together. Your future memories are the most important thing to me, and I want your session to be a time for you to just be yourselves and enjoy it. Have fun together. Laugh a lot. And I’ll take care of the rest!

PORTRAIT SESSION CHECKLIST

  1. Set date, time and location with Anna
  2. Review guide for style tips
  3. Schedule hair, makeup and nail appointments (if applicable)
  4. Choose your outfits
  5. Prepare items: Toys & snacks (to help little ones), or blankets to use in the session (optional).
  6. And let me know of any concerns or questions!
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Thank you! I'm so excited to work with you!