Tips for your shoot:
1) Clothing Tips. Long sleeves photograph best, as do solid colors. Prints can look very bad and have a dated look very soon. Unless it is a high fashion shoot, we want to focus more on you and not be distracted by the wardrobe. Bring several changes of clothing so we can choose what works. A black shirt is recommended for black and white photographs. Darker clothing also minimizes body size. It works best with darker backgrounds.
For most shoots, it is best to bring too many clothes to choose from instead of too few. For a modeling portfolio, headshots and music promotion shots you may find that some things don't photograph as well as you had wished. You will be glad you brought different changes of clothing when you get your pictures back.
Almost all people have certain colors they look better in than others. While some people may be radiant in pastels, others may look washed out. As a general rule, if you look more tired and sallow in the mirror in one color than another, it is best to also avoid that color for a photo shoot.
Teens in particular have favorite caps, etc. Have them bring their letter jackets, etc. to get a personal shot they will love.
2) Couple or Group Shots. If 2 or more of you are in the picture, coordinate the clothing colors with complementary colors. They don't need to match, just look good together. In fact, completely matching outfits are rather silly looking unless you are identical twins under 10 years of age. Dress everyone in the same style of clothing. In other words, do not mix casually and formal attire. If you have questions, call me.
3) Haircuts. Do NOT get a new haircut with 2 weeks of the shoot, you can save yourself some heartache. Many shoots are rescheduled due to bad cuts and dye jobs. Most bad haircuts look much better after a couple of weeks and a good cut will not have grown so much that it will look that much longer in the shoot. If you have frizzy hair, try to tame it with a smoothing conditioner as much as possible. Stray hairs can be difficult to retouch and very distracting in a portrait.
4) Makeup. For a fee, I can arrange to bring a professional makeup artist for your shoot. If you have a light touch with makeup, you can probably do it yourself. Some tasteful mascara helps any portrait. Shiny faces also cause "hot spots" on photographys, therefore, good sheer powder is good to tone the shine. Use a sheer, not a caky looking foundation, a shade darker than your natural skin tone because the lights will bleach out your skin somewhat. Also, if you have circles under your eyes, put on the concealer FIRST before you do anything else. It is also good to stay with earth tones, not too much red on the cheeks or wild colored eye shadow. When in doubt, use a light hand with the makeup. We can add more at the shoot.
A good cheap way to find your best look is to go to the mall and volunteer for makeovers from the women at the Lancome or Clinique counters. They are often bored silly and welcome the chance to work with you. You don't have to buy anything, just say you will be back later.
5) Music. Bring your favorite music. After all we want you to be relaxed and have fun. It will show in the results!! I have a couple hundred CDs to choose from here in case you forget.
6) Props. If you are hunter, bring your hunting gear and rifle. We may even get a shot of you in the tree stand. (Bad pun, get it, shooting the hunter.) If you are a golfer, bring your clubs. An athelete may choose to bring the ball of his or her choice. Anything that helps define you!
The most important tip of all is just to relax and have fun! It is your day!