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Session Tips

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Portrait Session

Here are some things to consider when selecting your clothes:  White or pastel colors are perfect for lighter backgrounds.
Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor photographs. Middle tones or deeper solid colors are ideal for formal portraits. Bright colors (not green) look great with our greenscreen backgrounds.  
Avoid large prints or patterns that distract from your face. Choose long-sleeved shirts or sweaters rather than short-sleeved.
Plan to wear your hair in a style you’re comfortable with. Avoid new cuts or styles.  
Keep your make-up natural and fresh.  
A fresh shave is a must! If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it's neatly trimmed.

Family Session

A good location for the shoot may be where you spend family time - your home, a park, or just walking downtown are some suggestions.  
Clothing preparation for groups is a major concern. Solids are highly recommended.  Prints and patterns distract and can clash with patterns worn by another family member. The best advice is to think of the entire family's apparel as one outfit. Everyone's clothing should blend and go together such as everyone wearing jeans and a white shirt for a basic example.  A little planning here will result in a far superior final product.  
Also take into consideration the room where the portrait will hang. It's best to wear colors that will complement the decor of the room. If the intended room is decorated in pastels or other light colors, keep your clothing light as well and use a light frame. If the portrait is planned to hang in a darker situation, such as a den, library or above a heavily wooded fireplace mantle, then select clothing in the darker shades such as burgundy, plum, deep greens and navy.
Having the portrait taken in the room where it will hang is a wonderful idea; the colors of the room will be reflected in the portrait!   
Bring something the family enjoys to do together. Keeping everyone engaged in a natural setting makes some great shots! If an ice cream truck rolls by, great, grab some treats. If ducks gather around, feed them. If it starts to rain, well, my stuff isn't waterproof but I'll use a long lens from under cover. You get the point. Picnic, hike, play a board game, frisbee toss, piggy back rides, etc. 

Maternity Session

Usually done in your home, studio, or location - all great choices, I personally love a wooded area for this type of shoot, very natural.
Try to avoid tight clothing especially around the belly which will leave lines in the skin. You may want a manicure if you're doing the hands around the belly shot - of course you're doing that, it's great!
Form fitting clothes with a little stretch will compliment your figure better than loose clothing.
Preferably in the last trimester unless you're doing a quarterly or monthly set. 

Boudoir Session

Can be done in your home, studio, hotel, or location - with a large, private 3 walled tent, I can get some great beach shots without exposing you to the public.
Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable - from sweaters to feathers, carefully placed feathers. 
Try to avoid tight clothing which will leave lines in the skin - loose fitting comfy clothes work best for to and from the shoot.
You can even skip socks and some undergarments depending on what you plan to wear. 
You may want a pedicure as well as that manicure with this one - rare to see tennis shoes but, hey, wear whatever you like. 
You may be getting your hair and makeup done professionally for this session. This can help you relax and feel that the entire process has been one that pampers you. If you're doing your own, the studio has a great space for application.
Boudoir photography is designed to express your personality so bringing your own special items of clothing and your own accessories can help you feel more in control of the situation.
If your shoot is a gift for your partner,  you might want to wear that nighty or special outfit they bought for you that you’ve just never got around to wearing!
I have done countless numbers of these sessions and will be able to find ways to work your own preferences and tastes into the photo session, especially things you want to accomplish or avoid.

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