Yes, this is homework. Trust us, it’s worth it.
(The Better We Prepare, The Better The End Result)
Ahead of the session, think about what the final image will be used for and bring clothing that is appropriate for that. (i.e. professional vs playful vs hybrid vs spacesuit)
When you arrive we will discuss your outfit, and any possible accessories. Brian will advise about what will work best “in camera.” All pieces should be things you are comfortable in and feel good wearing. If it’s not a perfect fit, don’t worry; we can pin or secure things to appear more fit. Come well groomed and bring all necessary grooming supplies.
The shoot will move pretty quickly and we will try a few different things to make sure your portrait is looking amazing. Remember that we will only be shooting 1/4 length images which is chest up so don’t worry about your shirt matching your pants.
Brian will coach you into your best angles and crack really bad “dad jokes” to keep your mind off of the camera. This helps us get natural expressions.
Be sure to also bring…
A few different clothing options as you never know how things will translate in camera. We will discuss your options once you arrive and we will likely have you try on a few different things. Bringing too many options is far better than not enough and we will gladly help you make the final decision.
We recommend choosing either more neutral toned clothing and/or choosing a color palate that is complimentary. For more artistic and creative feel, consider having at least one color that stands out and that maybe works with your skin tone, hair or eye color. Avoid busy patterns unless your personal brand is all about that. Remember – this image is about you – not the clothing.
Layers = essential. More often than not, a layer can really round out the image. A jacket, blazer, scarf, etc is recommended. If you are unsure if it will work, let’s talk it out.
If you wear jewelry, bring extra for more versatility and options. We will help you decide what works best for the style we shoot in.
Bring any extra hair and makeup supplies you might need as well as chapstick/lip gloss. We often need to do quick tweaks along the way.
Going for Style Points?
SQUINCHING is one of our favorite techniques. “Squinching” essentially shows you how to look cooler and more approachable in a portrait. This one technique has literally elevated almost every single portrait session I’ve ever done.
We certainly won’t be doing this for every shot, but it works well for most people so please practice it in a mirror. It’s always fun to bust out during a shoot if we need it.
We recommend turning your speakers down just a hair. (He likes to yell)