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A few tips to help you get the most out of your photo session

  • Time -
  • Arrive on time or even early to your scheduled appointment. The initial time of your appointment is set based on a variety of conditions such as sunset, traffic, location, etc. Should something unforeseen arise we can always reschedule.  I do not want to run out of time during your session.
  • Hair Care -
  • Guys:  Let a new hair cut grow out for at least a week before your pictures and allow time for any white tan lines to disappear. Also, take the time to get a close shave, we don't want a heavy 5 o'clock shadow in your images unless that is the look you want. Guys, make sure your fingernails are nicely trimmed too.
  • Girls:  If you plan on coloring your hair or getting a new style, allow at least a week or two to get used to the style. Girls, pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure the day before. 
  • Make-up -
  • Girls bring your make-up, hair spray, brush and comb.  Make sure that your face make-up is blended into your neck so that when you look in the mirror your neck is not too white.  Also check to see  if you have tan lines that will show with the different outfits you are going to wear.  Bring chap-stick or lip gloss to keep your lips moist.
  • Clothes -
  • Bring the traditional items for the school, Mom & Dad, and the Funky fun attire, unique or relaxed for your shots. Watch out for busy patterns, prints and colors. Have your clothes and accessories ready the night before your shoot.  Choose clothes that reflect your style and the changing seasons. Hangers not bags! Make sure they are clean and free of wrinkles.  We can discuss how many outfit changes allowed or suggestions for outfits. For each outfit, put your accessories in a zip lock bag and attach it to the hanger.  If you don't know what to ware bring them all and I'll help you choose.
  • Personality - 
  • Bring something that reflects your personality, talents or hobbies, such as musical instruments, sports equipment, awards, etc.  Having your picture taken with what you enjoy will create unique portraits.  Remember, I am an on-location photographer, I will go to your house or favorite spot.
  • Props and Stuff -
  • Hats, musical instruments, scarves, sports gear, cellular phones, laptops, etc.
  • Big Stuff - Drums, other large instruments, motorcycle
  • Really Big Stuff like Vehicles - We need some room here, Let's plan it...
  • Glasses - 
  • If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair of frames without lenses. Some Optometrists will allow you to borrow a pair of frames for your Senior Pictures.
  • Sun Glasses... Bring them!
  • Pets - You will need a handler for times when the pet is not in the image with you.
  • Retouching -
  • All of our work has minor retouching so you will look your very best.  Bring make-up to hide blemishes.  It will be easier for us to retouch your prints if you keep a more natural look. If you have any special retouching request please let us know. Otherwise moles, scars or  birthmarks will be  as photographed. Let us know if you want them removed. Stray hairs, clothes corrections can be done as well but may incur additional charges. Please make your requests during the ordering process.
  • Spectators -
  • Bring a friend, they can assist in the session, but to many can create issues.
  • Shots with friends or family - let me know so I can plan for the additional time.
  • Weather -
  • Rain, fog and wind...all can be a disaster for an outdoor photo session, we just have to reschedule the session. If the weather looks questionable, call before the session.
  • Sleep, Sleep, Sleep! -
  • Make sure you get a good nights sleep before your photo session so that you will look fresh and won't have bags under your eyes.  Beauty Sleep is not a myth...
  • Most of all  RELAX and HAVE FUN!!!

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