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Your Portrait Experience...

Your portrait experience begins with a design consultation.
We will discuss your goals for the session, the placement of your final prints
in your home and clothing and location details.

Your session will last between 1 and 2 hours and
will include a wide variety of "captures"
(I prefer capturing personalities and not to "pose").

In a children's session, your child will be photographed
both alone and as they interact with you,
please come prepared to be part of the session.

In a family session, I will capture the family as a whole;
the children together and separate; the parents with each other;
and each parent with each child.

After the session, we will set a date for you to preview your images,
usually in one week. At this time you will choose the images
you wish to have printed.
Please bring all discission makers to this session.
Your order will be placed and payment will be due.

Final prints will be delivered or ready for pick up in approximately 2 weeks.

High School Senior Portraits.
Individual Portraits,
Executive Head Shots
Couples,
Familes,
Glamour,
Fashion,
Boudoir

 

PLANNING YOUR PORTRAIT

SLIMMING COLORS AND IDEAS

Most people prefer to look a little slimmer than they are; yes it's true that a camera adds ten pounds (at least). BUT, most photographers can correct that plus subtract a few extra pounds by using proper posing techniques, turning your body to a better angle, and adjusting the camera angle or height. It does make a big difference if you do the following:

To look slimmer try these:

• Darker colors are slimming. Consider Black, Olive, Gray, Navy, Plum, Burgundy, Dark Brown or Eggplant.
• Solid colors (monochromatic) are slimming.
• One color (darker) head to toe is slimming.
• Vertical lines are sliming. Consider vertical pleats or a long chain.
• Instant flatter stomach: try pants with a flat front. No drawstrings, pockets, zippers, or decorations.
• No pockets! Avoid a lot of, or bulky, pockets that draw attention to the waist area.
• Dark, dull, cool colors recede (slim). Warm colors advance.
• Use eye catching shiny jewelry or objects to avert attention away from problem areas.
• Simple lines are slimming. Consider A-Line skirts, collared blazers and blouses.
• Shoulder pads (small rounded) have a slimming effect.
• Single-breasted jackets or blazers are slimming.
• Heels add height and therefore are slimming on a full-length portrait.
VAn interesting or long neckline draws attention from other areas.
• Good posture always makes you look slimmer.
• Wear your proper size. You'll look slimmer in clothes that fit properly rather than too tight.

To look slimmer AVOID these:

• Lighter colors (white, most pastels etc) make you look heavier.
• Bold patterns, shiny fabrics, heavy fabrics make you look heavier.
• Short sleeves make upper arms look wider.
• Do not draw additional attention to the waist area so avoid any horizontal dividing lines like belts or a different color.
• Horizontal lines make you look heavier. Avoid belts, wide collars or wide lapels.
• Double-breasted jackets or blazers add weight.

More ideas:

• White or pastel colors work best against a light or pastel backdrop.
• Avoid glasses, especially tinted glasses, whenever possible. They compromise the lighting and distort the facial lines. Pop the lenses out, or borrow a pair of frames.
• Tinted glasses are virtually impossible to work with.
• Non-glare glasses are often okay and the newer style, small frames seem to pose no major obstacles.
• Avoid big sloppy running shoes, especially ones that used to be white. Watch tight shirts on larger mid-areas. Men: watch out for that “five-o’clock shadow”. Ladies: no more make-up than is the norm. Avoid new hairstyles. Avoid mini-skirts unless it is a fashion statement. Clothing should not be too tight or too loose.
• Your portraits are meant to be enjoyed and cherished for years to come. Fad-type clothing should be avoided, unless you are planning to have a portrait taken annually.
• You will feel very rewarded when you view your portraits. All of your efforts will be worthwhile.

GROUP PORTRAITS

Clothing for group portraits must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together. First, decide whether the basic tone of the clothing will be warm-toned (browns etc.) or cool-toned (blues, greys, blacks, etc.). Then follow the instructions above. It is sometimes very difficult to get everyone coordinated due to distance factors. When this is the case, I will work with whatever you show up in and try to balance the colors within the poses.

CASUAL BEACH OR OUTDOOR PORTRAITS

When there is a light background setting such as a beach, field or water, it is sometimes a good idea to dress in lighter colors so that the clothing blends in with the backdrop. In this situation, all white or pastel clothing works fine. All white clothing is great. White shirts and jeans work well. White shirts and beige pants are even better.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

SHOULD I HAVE MY PORTRAITS RETOUCHED?

Not everyone likes retouched portraits. There are varying degrees that retouching can alter a portrait and many extensive retouching techniques are available. The most common retouching used is for lines or circles under the eyes and blemishes on the skin. More extensive work such as altering hair that is out of place or glare on glasses (something you want to avoid or simply learn to live with) is possible but can be expensive and may not look right. Even digitally retouched portraits are subject to the same challenges and expenses as conventional retouching. Whether to retouch or not retouch is a personal choice and should be determined only when the results from the portrait session are viewed.

MY KIDS WON’T SIT STILL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The best advice I give all parents is to be patient and not try to control the situation. Trying to have control over the moods and reactions of children is usually futile and only makes matters worse. I understand children and know that I need to gain their trust, at their pace, not their parents. So to allow this to happen, simply be patient and let me talk to the children. Don’t answer for them or instruct them to “smile”. Often for younger children (1.5 to 2.5 years old) the best thing to do is ignore them. They often will sit still in the picture because they suddenly feel left out.
Above all, be patient. I will. I know what to expect from children and know that sometimes it will take even an hour before I get the desired results.

ARE YOU GOING TO TILT MY HEAD IN SOME UNNATURAL POSITION?

People have a natural tendency to make themselves comfortable. Unfortunately, relaxing one’s muscles leads to poor posture. This means round shoulders and double chins. To look one’s best we need to fight gravity. Sometimes I need to ask that a certain amount of sitting straight or turning the head is needed to adjust for this. However, if I don’t say anything, then it means that everything is fine and no fine-tuning is required.

BE SURE TO RELAX DURING YOUR SESSION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, I’D LIKE TO HEAR THEM.