Hints & Tips - Eye of the Beholder

Here are some hints and tips to get the best photos possible from your session!


Ladies -

- Bring a brush, bobbie pins and hair spray. Even if you don’t normally use hair spray, it’s important to tame the stray hairs. The lens sees EVERYTHING, so the less that needs done in post-production (Photoshop), the better!


- Lip gloss or lipstick is a must. Even if you NEVER wear lip balm, this is one time when you’ll want to make sure your lips are smooth and supple. You don’t have to wear something with color if that’s out of the norm for you, just make sure your lips aren’t dry and chapped looking. Remember, the lens sees EVERYTHING!


- To conceal or not - my preference is that you DO NOT use concealer if you’re not used to using it and blending it well. It’s easier for me to touch up blemishes in post-production and produce a normal, natural look than it is for me to change skin tone in one area and ‘blend’ in concealer that doesn’t match your skin exactly.


- Wear what’s comfortable. Seriously. If you’re not usually a ‘dress’ person, then don’t choose to wear one just to conform with everyone else. If you’re comfortable, it will show in your smile.


- New clothes photograph best. If you’re choosing to wear something new, make sure it’s as wrinkle free as possible. If you’re choosing to wear something that’s been washed a few times, make sure you use a lint brush and that there are no stray threads or fuzzy bits. Remember - stains, holes, lint, snags and wear WILL show in your photos. Yes, I can fix those things post-production, but it will likely end up costing you more due to the time involved.


- Make sure your shoes are clean and fresh. We will take some full body shots and scruffy shoes will show. - Belts, hats, necklaces, bracelets, earrings etc….all will show. If you’re going to wear them, make sure they are in the best condition possible.


- Don’t over accessorize. When you look back at these photos in 20 years, you don’t want to regret your accessory choices and ‘wish’ someone had told you to leave it out. - BE YOU!! I get the best smiles and best reactions when you are just being yourself. Be your best self and it will show up in a lifetime of good memories evoked by your pictures. We’re capturing a moment in time. Make it the very best version of yourself!!


Men -


- SHAVE. Good. Now go shave again! The lens WILL pick up every stray whisker, so the better you shave, the better your pictures. Some areas that often are forgotten include under the chin, right under your bottom lip (the unintentional ‘soul patch’ is a bear to fix in post-production), high on the cheek bones and the back of the neck.


- Bring a comb/brush and use some styling products to keep your hair in place.


- A fresh haircut is best. Make sure they do a good job shaving your neck. It will show and though it’s possible to fix in Photoshop, it’s always better to start with a fresh cut and a fresh shave for the most natural look.


- Wear what’s comfortable. Seriously. If you’re not usually a ‘dress-shirt & slacks’ person, then don’t choose to wear those just to conform with everyone else. If you’re comfortable, it will show in your smile.


- New clothes photograph best. If you’re choosing to wear something new, make sure it’s as wrinkle free as possible. If you’re choosing to wear something that’s been washed a few times, make sure you use a lint brush and that there are no stray threads or fuzzy bits. Remember - stains, holes, lint, snags and wear WILL show in your photos. Yes, I can fix those things post-production, but it will likely end up costing you more due to the time involved.


- Belts, hats, necklaces, bracelets, earrings etc….all will show. If you’re going to wear them, make sure they are in the best condition possible.


- BE YOU!! I get the best smiles and best reactions when you are just being yourself. Be your best self and it will show up in a lifetime of good memories evoked by your pictures. We’re capturing a moment in time. Make it the very best version of yourself!!


EVERYONE  - Colors matter!

Your chosen color palette will speak volumes in print!  Whether you're planning a family photo or a senior shoot, the color palette makes a huge difference.  

I highly recommend visiting this website - 

http://design-seeds.com/ 

and looking through their palettes.  This will give you a GREAT idea of colors that work together and your shoot will look cohesive frame to frame.



I’m so excited to capture you and this moment in your life! The tips above are suggestions; ultimately, it’s up to you. Excessive work to fix stray hair, stained/linty clothing and excessive whiskers will result in a Premium Edits charge added to your session.

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