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tips & tricks
 FOR YOUR PHOTO SESSION
Here is where I tell you what to expect from your photo session - before, during & after ! 
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BEFORE

pick the outfits, and any hair & makeup services

plan for any props you'd like to include and of anything that's particularly important to you​

we'll decide on a location, something that is true to you or more specific to a certain "vision"!

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DURING

think of this as a date / family night out! 

your only job is to have fun!

I'll guide you through a range of prompts to get the most genuine photos  

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AFTER

you'll get a few sneak peeks within a few days, and the remaining gallery within 3 weeks

need a few sooner for save the dates or invites? Let me know!

shop prints & products straight from your gallery.

share the gallery with your family & friends where they can shop too!

Couples + Family
here's a few tips when it comes to looking & feeling your best for your session!
THINGS TO AVOID

- bright neon colours - think earthy or matching your location
- large logos
- loud / busy / clashing patterns 

 

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

- Dress for the weather and/or situation - bring layers if it's cold!
- Women - bra straps, underwear lines, etc.,

- Engagement session - ladies, remember your nails since your hands will be in lots of the photos! 
- compliment colors instead of matching

- pick a color palette (warm, neutral, colorful) - Pinterest is great for this!
- match the formality (especially for family sessions) jeans / t-shirt, or dress clothes?
- if getting your makeup done professionally, stick to what you're comfortable with! 
- men, try not to shave right before your session to avoid any irritated skin.


ADDITIONAL TIPS
- Textured clothing, like knits, looks great!
- If you're travelling for a longer period of time to get to your session, wear different travel clothes & change upon arrival to location! This helps prevent wrinkles - or keep your clothes wrinkle free if you've already steamed / ironed them. 
- bring any props or important items with you to your shoot & let me know prior to so we can be sure to focus on anything in particular.

 

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 have me come to your home, or book an indoor location! 
THINGS TO AVOID

- bright neon colours - think earthy or matching your home or indoor location
- large logos or graphics (especially on kids clothing)
- loud / busy / clashing patterns 

 

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

- if using your home, try to tidy up the main rooms with the most natural light. Get rid of any water bottles or extra toys. We want less background distraction, and more focus on your family!

- if doing a newborn session in your home, try to keep your home a little warmer than normal. This helps when we want photos of any skin-to-skin with baby or anything else that you'd like that doesn't require baby to be swaddled / dressed (diaper only!).

- compliment colors instead of matching

- pick a color palette (warm, neutral, colorful) - Pinterest is great for this!

- match the formality (especially for the whole family) 

- if getting your makeup done professionally, stick to what you're comfortable with! 

- women - bra straps, underwear lines, etc.

- men, try not to shave right before your session to avoid any irritated skin.

ADDITIONAL TIPS

- Textured clothing, like knits, looks great!
- If you're travelling for a longer period of time to get to your location, wear different travel clothes & change upon arrival to location! This helps prevent wrinkles - or keep your clothes wrinkle free if you've already steamed / ironed them. 

- bring any props (like swaddles or accessories) or any other important items with you to your shoot & let me know prior to so we can be sure to focus on anything in particular.

- bring snacks / treats if you have kids that may need a little coaxing! 


Branding
how to rock your branding session! 

IF YOU’RE UNSURE, BRING IT.

If you’re unsure about bringing a prop or an outfit, I always recommend bringing it anyways. It’s better to have more options than not enough, as long as you’re not feeling overwhelmed with too many choices!

 

CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS INTENTIONALLY

This is one of the most important tips to help you prepare. When choosing your outfits, think about the outfit that would make the most sense for your photo idea.

- What do clients typically see you in?

- Which outfit would you wear on your day off?

- What do you wear at client consults?

- Think of what image do you want to portray to your potential client and audience. Do you want to be seen as professional? Friendly? Fun? Bold?

By having multiple outfits and a number of props to choose from your final branding photography gallery will have lots of variety. This is extremely beneficial when posting your new branding images on social media!

PUT TOGETHER A PHOTOGRAPHY SHOT CHECKLIST

Ask yourself, what am I going to be using these photo's for? 

Then compile your shot list! Create a separate Pinterest board to share and have on hand for the day!

For example:

- Celebrating a launch

- Professional headshot

- Working on my laptop

- Talking on a zoom call

- Close up of favorite coffee mug

OTHER TIPS & TRICKS

- if getting your makeup done professionally, stick to what you're comfortable with! 
- men, try not to shave right before your session to avoid any irritated skin.
- If you're travelling for a longer period of time to get to your session, wear different travel clothes & change upon arrival to location! This helps prevent wrinkles - or keep your clothes wrinkle free if you've already steamed / ironed them. 

 

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