What to wear the day of your shoot plus all the details!

What to Wear

Clothing choices and hair are very important to the outcome of your shoot!  That being said, your clothing should reflect your family’s personality.  It’s important to be yourself and be comfortable!  Here are some helpful tips…

Wear:  Solid Colors – in general, solid colors are safe.  Accessories that represent your personal style.  Long dresses always photograph well.  Two to Three Colors which will add dimension.  Pre-tested patterns – Lay your clothes out to see how they will look on camera to be sure.

Don’t Wear:  Plaid and Paisley – Busy fabrics look just that – busy and do not produce well in an image.  Wide horizontal stripes that can distort your shape.  Reflective Fabrics (like high-gloss vinyl, rubber, plastic-like fabrics) as they can act like a mirror in photos, ending up with big spots from the reflection of the flash.  Sequins – the reflections from the flash can spill out onto your skin.  White – White can get blown out in photos, especially when using flash or strobe lights.

Colors:  Pick two or three colors and wear different shades of it.  Coordinate the colors, you don’t have to match.  Go for clothes that compliment each other – simple is best!  Please wear more than one color to add dimension to your portrait.  I love layers and COLOR!  You can add a nice splash of color with a bright scarf, shoes, hats and accessories.  If your little boy or husband wears a colorful pattern shirt, then pick one of the colors from the shirt and wear that solid color along with some accessories.  Cool color combos are blues with orange, yellows with grey, greens and blues…Please avoid white as it tends to get blown out in photographs.

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Wear layers!  I love layers all year long.  Layers seem to add another dimension and depth to the photograph.  For example layer a button up over a solid tee, add a sweater over a shirt or a jacket over your outfit.  If you are concerned about your arms then wear 3/4″ length or long sleeves.  🙂  Layering is the way to go for portraits!

Accessories:  These little details can help to make your shots come together nicely.  Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, make up done etc. just seem to pull everything together.  I love hats, scarves, cool boots, fun hair bands, funky tights….just a little bit goes a long way.  A favorite toy can make your child feel more comfortable so feel free to bring toys!  Just remember that the little ones will usually give better photographs if they are comfortable and not approaching nap time!  And remember to bring snacks and water too.

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Be flexible, lighten up and don’t worry!  Things happen.  Kids can have temper tantrums, spill on their clothes, get dirt on their pants, want to wear their favorite costume and even jump in the ocean during the session.  Don’t worry, just let them be themselves, go with it and have fun!  It’s ok!!!  Try to relax and enjoy the family during your shoot and remember to be yourself.

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Please avoid oversized clothing, busy prints, bulky clothing, shirts with big logos and white for solo shots!  If you do end up wearing plaid, please pick a solid color for the other person.  I encourage you to bring a couple of clothing choices, and please bring a hairbrush along as well if the “stray hairs” bother you in the final photo.

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Newborn Sessions

If the curled up, zonked out sleepy look is what you are wanting to capture for your newborn photos, then it’s best to photograph newborn babies within the first week of life (preferably btw 4-10 days) when the cartilage is soft and flexible, making them more bendable.  I will never put your baby in any unsafe positions.  Please let me know what your due date is and I’ll be sure to make a note of it on my calendar.  Newborns shoots are done usually late morning in the home studio in Dana Point.  If you have siblings please bring them!  We are kid friendly with lots of toys and have a fenced in backyard.

The small details can make a BIG difference in capturing a happy baby during our shoot.  I encourage you to feed your baby right when you arrive to your session prior to our start time.  Try to keep the baby awake for 2 hours prior to our shoot so he/she will sleep during our session which will allow for a smoother shoot.  If you can, try to feed your newborn a little extra milk the night before our shoot so he/she has a full tummy the next morning.  Moms – please wear long sleeves and/or something that you feel comfortable to be photographed in with your baby.  I use hands as a prop too, so if you want to incorporate you or your spouses hands into any shots please prepare them for photographing (nail polish, manicure).  Please avoid white as it tends to get blown out in photos. Breast feeding mom, please avoid drinking any coffee the day before and the day of our session.

I have several props on hand , lots of knit hats with diaper covers, headbands, as well as different backdrops to choose from. My favorite hats come from Etsy.com.  If you are looking for something specific, please let me know as soon as possible as I can get something ordered for you.  Our session can last up to 3 hours depending on the baby.

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Maternity Session

During your session your comfort is very important.  For maternity shoots please do not wear anything elastic on your belly for a few hours before your session as elastic can leave unflattering markings!  Watches & jewelry can have the same effect.  Keeping the jewelry choices simple works best in pictures.  And your feet – If your feet were anything like mine and are always swollen, wearing flip-flops before your session is advised (tight socks can leave marks)!  Avoid oils & lotions before your session as they can both add shine to your tummy.  And bring your water to keep hydrated.

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Home Sessions
At the start of each session I will look through your home to find the best light.  Don’t worry about cleaning, just a minor tidying up is fine!  At this time I am taking newborn shoots at the home studio in Dana Point as the equipment and set-up is quite large!

Scheduling Your Appointment

Please schedule as soon as you realize that you’d like to have photographs taken.  When the Holiday Season rolls around, appointments will be booked well in advance so contact me as soon as possible so I can fit you in and we have time to order prints and avoid rush fees at the lab.  Please note that session fees are due within 5 days of scheduling your session.

Christmas Cards and Birth Announcements:  I have partnered with Minted.com and Tiny Prints for all holiday and announcement cards and charge a small upload fee ($25) if you choose to use their service verses buying the digital images.

After your session is finished:  After your session I edit each individual photo and process them through Lightroom and Photoshop.  Editing times can take up to 3 weeks.  Once your photos are edited I will send you a link to a slideshow and a gallery from which you will choose your photos from.  I offer digital images, prints, birth announcement and Christmas cards, gallery wrapped canvas’s and layflat albums.