You’ve found your perfect photographer who will capture you and your loved ones in beautiful photos to treasure forever. You've booked the session. What's next? What you do leading up to the shoot is just as important. Here are a few tips to help ensure a successful photoshoot from beginning to end.
Choosing outfits is the fun part, but can be stressful for some. I like to encourage my clients to express their individuality but at the same time maintain a bit of unity. You don’t need to exact-match your outfits. You can either follow a theme or a color palette. If your shoot is in the Fall, try clothes with darker shades of red, orange, brown, yellow, and green. Please refer to the palette on this page for inspiration. For the ladies, I just LOVE seeing & photographing you in long, pretty dresses! I am all about capturing movement, so soft and flowy dresses will be perfect!
Some things you may like to avoid:
-busy patterned clothes
-white, beige, bright neon colors
-hats, as they cover and tend to cast unflattering shadows over your faces
Almost every outdoors / natural light photographer will tell you that the best times to do a photoshoot are early mornings and late afternoons (“the golden hour”) when sunlight is soft. We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature and her unpredictable light. Southern California is mostly sunny, so never schedule a shoot at mid-day when sunlight is most likely bright and harsh. Harsh lighting causes overly bright photos, shadows, light leaks on faces, sweating, squinting, and not to mention, the overall discomfort experienced by all. We want everyone comfortable, relaxed, and happy in the photos! Perhaps the exception is for gloomy/cloudy days, which would give us a little more “wiggle room”. But for the most part, I highly recommend that you schedule a shoot with me in the late afternoon – about an hour or so before sunset – when light is soft and comfortable.
Hair & Makeup
I highly recommend that clients work with a hair & makeup artist to achieve that flawless look in photos. At the very least, consider using face foundation and/or powder to smooth and even out your skin.
Keep the Kiddos Happy
I find that children tend to be happier in shoots after they’ve had their naps and food. So, on the day of the shoot, give them plenty of time to rest and nap, and perhaps bribe them with a few yummy snacks while you’re dressing them. Bringing their favorite toys might also help. For babies, some noise makers would help in getting their attention.
Comfort is Important
Occasionally, there will be some amount of walking to get to the shoot location. It is always a good idea to bring comfortable shoes to walk in and then swap them out with your stylish ones for the shoot. If the weather is cold, bring a jacket or two. If the weather is hot and dry, bring lots of water to prevent dehydration. If you plan on changing outfits, bring a big blanket for cover in case there are no restrooms around.
Sleep is a Wonderful Thing
If possible, go to bed early the night before the shoot to avoid bags under the eyes. Even makeup may not cover it all up. Not to mention, you will be fully energized and ready to go make memories that will last a lifetime!
Please feel free to bring any inspiration photos with you on the day of the shoot. I am very open to ideas!
DURING THE SHOOT
My photographic style is very organic and journalistic. I like to capture the moment, rather than pose. I know photoshoots can sometimes feel awkward and tense, which is completely normal! That is why I always encourage my clients to interact with each other just like how they would in their daily life. That may include lots of talking to and laughing with each other, goofing around, being silly, running, skipping, picking each other up, tickling, dancing, twirling, spinning & chasing each other around, etc. Or do whatever it is that you do when you're together! These things not only helps to create authentic life moments, but also puts you in a more relaxed environment so that you can just focus on just being with each other. Most importantly, I want my clients to simply have lots of fun and enjoy the shoot!