~Please arrive on time. ~For portrait shoots, please steer away from wearing bland colors (i.e. white, black) if possible. Prints are okay. Avoid logos. Hats, light jackets and accessories are always great additions. Layering is also key. (A color guide is below if needed.) ~For family/group shoots, coordinating but not matching outfits are usually best. Pick outfits in a variation of the same colors (i.e. green and brown or blue and grey). Showing each person’s personality through their wardrobe always creates a more positive, happy and natural feel. So have fun with what you wear! If necessary, arrange for extra hands to join you at your photo shoot. Having an extra person with you who can help with props or knows the best way to make you feel comfortable or smile is beneficial especially when young children are involved. (For a color guide for your family wardrobe, please see below.) ~For infant shoots, sometimes children can be fickle. With infants, it is best to do a shoot immediately after a feeding and DURING a nap. Manipulating and posing a sleeping infant is easier than an awake one and photographs are guaranteed to come out better. With toddlers, avoid sugar before the shoot and try to choose the time of day that your child(ren) are best behaved (i.e. after a nap, in the morning, etc.) A light snack before the shoot helps. ~Props can be brought and used during the shoot. If you have a specific prop you want to utilize, please let me know before the shoot begins. I highly recommend using props in photographs. Anything goes really! Umbrellas, large frames, signs, hats, chairs, anything really ALWAYS makes a photograph more personalized and original. I can also supply props if you'd like. ~ I highly suggest getting your hair and makeup professionally done for the shoot. Fly-aways, greys, etc will all show in the photograph. Professional makeup application will make your portrait shoots better although too much makeup can harm your portraits. An “evening, flawless” look usually works best. If you need suggestions or recommendations for a hair stylist or makeup artist, I have a team that works with me. ~ The best photographs sometimes require difficult or uncomfortable posing or placement. For example, sitting in a tree or leaning in an awkward way. If there is something you can’t physically do and are asked to, please communicate it to me. ~ If you have a physical flaw that you do not like, please communicate this with me. I will do my best to work with it and keep that in consideration during the photo shoot. ~ Please make sure you are hydrated and/or bring water with you. Posing for a shoot can sometimes be tedious and exhausting. ~ Get plenty of rest the night before the shoot. ~ And remember, have fun!