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How To Rock Your Portrait Session!

Spring will be here before you know it and what better way to prepare for your session than a little sneak peek at my Portrait Session Style Guide.  I love all the feedback I always get from my clients when they receive my session style and coordination magazine. I love that you all find it so helpful when planning for our time together, and I love that I get to feature your pictures in it! It contains EVERYTHING you need to know to rock your session! For the first time ever, I'm sharing just a few snippets from the magazine BEFORE you book your session with me.

CHOOSING DATE & TIME: I’M A NATURAL LIGHT SPECIALIST BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT natural light, from the sun and Mother Nature, creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and true to you. All of my full sessions lasts approximately one hour (depending on how many people I'm photographing) and are held either first thing in the morning about half hour after sunrise or about two hours before sunset. These times are referred to as “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest. Mini sessions are 30 minutes. Spring and Fall minis and weekends book quickly, so keep an eye out for dates and grab your spot before it's too late. You can also get ahead of the game by booking a full session mid-week.

FOR HER: IN MY EXPERIENCE, EVERY WOMAN, REGARDLESS OF HER shape, has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that compliment your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. THREE-QUARTER LENGTH SLEEVES create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so I recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.

FOR HIM: LONG, FITTED PANTS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES ARE the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his handsome face. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home, as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants work best on camera. Solid shades of gray, navy or khaki are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits. I also recommend staying away from graphics and logos.

THE FAMILY: As you’re coordinating your outfit with your family, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you AVOID THINKING ABOUT “MATCHING” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through.

So there's a tiny snippet from my 42 page magazine, there's SO MUCH MORE in store for you! See you at your session! Spring mini session dates will be posted next week!!!

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