To create a better experience for my customers, I took the time to put together a cheat sheet. The goal is to give away tips to go beyond the ‘book, shoot, sell’ mentality of many established photographers.
How well you prepare for your photo session will determine some important things; how you enjoy the moment and have fun while taking beautiful images, the experience – less stressful- and the outcome.
For a professional photographer, it is important to create the most beautiful images and help you to look your best. Some clients are under the understanding that it is only to show up at a location. It is definitely important to talk to my clients before the session. This way I can ensure they will get unforgettable images and lasting memories. For that, I send a questionnaire, location recommendations, and these are some tips…
- Hair – Getting a hair cut for your shoot? About two weeks before the photos get that haircut. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
- Glasses – If you are known as someone who wears glasses all the time, uses those glasses for the photo session. The goal is to look like you do to everyone that knows you. However, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos. Either you can wear the glasses low on different angles or visit an inexpensive company online like Zenni Optical and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.
- Make-up –The ideal recommendation is to hire a makeup artist. They will know how to make your skin look softer and accent your facial features. If you doing this yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing. Match your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body.
- Nails – A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo session. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. Your photo session is a great excuse for a fresh manicure. If you can’t go to the salon, make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles.
- Undergarments – Bra straps won’t do anything to help your outfit look its best. Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit.
- Ironing – If you iron, iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot. Just change at the location.
- Shoes – Ladies, can’t go wrong in heels or wedges. Men, clean ’em up! Dress shoes are best, but as with most things, let your momma or your wife decide.
These are just some of the tips I send to my clients. It is very important to make sure you know these. Details can make a huge difference in the outcome, make sure you look and feel amazing!