We will be trying to achieve a classic, timeless, and natural look for your portrait session. These tips will provide some guidance to help achieve the best look.
Avoid wearing clothing with logos and graphics. These can “date” your photos.
Avoid wearing loud patterns and distracting prints. Subtle patterns/prints are fine.
Avoid wearing black or white tops. Black can make for unflattering shadows and tones on the face, while also interfering with the camera’s light meter. White often looks blown out in photographs and can distract from the rest of the image. All other colors are fine.
Avoid matching outfits, as this tends to look artificial. However, do coordinate with your family so that you are dressed as if you are all going to the same place, whether it be a party, church, or the playground.
Consider the setting when selecting your outfits. For example, a cocktail dress will likely look out of place for a shoot at Fort Greene Park.
For children under 3, bring an extra shirt as back-up.
What to Bring
Make-up for touch-ups (ladies).
Snacks for children. Water for adults.
A pacifier if needed, for in-between shots.
A lovey if needed, for in-between shots.
An extra outfit for children under 3.
Toys for young children. It can be helpful for young children to have a toy to play with during the shoot. As children often don’t want to relinquish their toys, it’s best to select a toy that will photograph well. For example, a classic wooden toy is likely to photograph well, while an Elmo doll would distract. Avoid selecting toys that will date the photos. I will usually try to take as many photographs as I can without resorting to the toy, and then use the toy to buy us more time if necessary.
Toys, cont’d. You can also select a toy with a specific purpose in mind. For example, a toy school bus could be a good toy to include in a photo for a preschool application.