Preparing for a photo session can be overwhelming. I would like to offer some advice I have collected along the way, related to both clothing and ensuring the session goes as smoothly as it can go.
- Choose a colour palette and coordinate around it (instead of matching). You can start with the person who is often most difficult to dress, or start with one item (a dress, a woven wrap, a bouquet of flowers).
- Choose pieces with beautiful textures on your palette. Textures are lovely in photographs and help you preserve the feeling you had at the moment the photographs were taken.
- Consider the season and the colours of your surroundings, but also consider your home décor and how the framed photographs will look on your walls.
- Try to choose solid colours and muted tones. Choose pieces that accentuate the features you love about yourselves.
- Bring along your child’s favourite toy if you feel he or she will help feel more comfortable. Bring bubbles, snacks, flowers, accessories - whatever you feel might make them feel more at ease.
- Consider bringing a cozy blanket on which to sit that goes along with your palette.
- Other helpful tips include brushing teeth and hair just before leaving, bringing along a comb, lint brush and wipes for little ones' faces.
- While at your session, try to stay open-minded. You have done your research and you have found a photographer whose style speaks to you.
- Remember the most important goal: Photos that are relaxed and natural. Preparing for a session can be a stressful event, so try to leave plenty of time to get ready and keep it as stress-free as possible. When we are together, we may walk, play and build rapport before taking pictures in order to achieve a natural, candid look. Finding beauty in our authentic selves is key!