What You Need to Know to Have an Awesome Portrait Session
Makeup’s easy, so we’ll start there. Makeup is a great prep for your session. Even if you usually wear very little or even no makeup, applying some makeup for your session is a good idea. On the flip side, don’t go overboard and pile it on too heavy either. Clumpy mascara and thick foundation will show.
Location, location, location. Let’s talk about location options and how you can choose outfits to suit the location. Where we take your pictures has a lot to do with determining HOW your portraits will look in the end. Is it in an open field or beach (bright, open), urban/ warehouse area (dim, grungy, edgy), or in your home (personal)? I want the location of your session to be about you which I why I really like your input on where we shoot. I have my favorite locations and can definitely make suggestions, but at the end of the day, this is your session and YOU need to be happy with the look of your pictures. The options are boundless.
Below I’ll list some of the most requested location types as well as thoughts on what kind of clothing to consider and the best times of day to shoot based on each location.
The Beach - Pretty much every family I know has a family portrait taken on the beach. It’s a classic for a reason. If you choose to go the Beach Portrait route, this is the place to break out your summer & spring outfits - and to lose those shoes!
What to wear for a beach session?
Urban areas - Urban areas can be VERY versatile and fun. Glam it up for contrast, or grunge it down to play off the area.
What to wear for an urban session?
Lastly, let’s go over a few tips about posing to please. I want to keep this simple, because most of these are common sense and things you already know. You just forget to think about them when you’re in front of the camera. Luckily, your photographer should be looking out for them and directing you into pleasing, natural poses.
boxy pose vs "S" curve
Below are a couple of examples of what a few tweaks in posing can do!
I hope you enjoyed this and realized how easy it really is to get the great family portraits that we all want! Keep an eye our for our third installment where we talk about sessions with children - what to do, what to expect, and what not to do to get the pictures you'll love!
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, ponytail sporting, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.