Come Prepared

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.                Confucius

Portrait Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Session


-   Consider bringing your favorite music.  It often helps you feel more relaxed  in front of a camera.    

-    Bring props which relate to your personality or interests.  If an avid photographer, bring a camera.  If you love basketball, bring a ball along..

To Look your best

- Sunburns & tan lines  from tanning beds as well as sun exposuretan  are difficult if not impossible to edit out of photos. 

 Wear a hairstyle you are comfortable with.  Avoid a new haircut within a couple days of your photo session.

- If you wear glasses.   Wear them for your session, remove lenses only if you can,  to avoid glare. 

                                           If you can’t,  I will work with you to make you look your best.

- Get a good night of sleep the night before or it will show in your photos.

WOMEN-Fresh makeup is a must.  Bring touchup makeup to your photo session.  

                       Always have a clear lip gloss handy to brighten up your photo and translucent powder to eliminate any shine.

-MEN-make sure you have a fresh shave.  Trim any mustaches or beards  (unless we have discussed this in advance of some character photography).


1.   Keep clothing simple, especially for young members of the family.

2.  Make sure clothing is ironed if necessary.

3.   Avoid color clashes if more than one person is in the group. 

      Everyone in light, medium or dark tones to avoid one person's clothing "dominating" the  photo.

4.   Have younger children dressed in the most important outfit when they arrive.  If they become too tired to complete the session you have your main outfit change taken care of. 

       Clothing changes   are often a trial of patience between parent and child, so avoid them as much as possible. 

       With older children, discuss this in advance.   

5. When in doubt, bring more than you will use.   I will be happy to help you narrow down your selections.  

6. Avoid busy patterns on clothing and bold prints when possible. 

7. Consider bringing  both casual as well as formal outfits. 

8. More fitted clothing is always less dated and usually more flattering.  It is good to do a variety which can certainly include the latest in fashion trends as well as more formal clothing.