1. Look good.

With your hair if you are doing it yourself spend the time to make it look amazing. Bring a different hair tie in case it is windy, and for a second look! If there is sufficient lead-time it is always advisable to get a hair trim within a week before their portrait. Men look better after they have recently shaved.

For makeup go slightly brighter/heavier on your cheeks, eyes, and lips then you normally do. Makeup tends to look much more toned down in photos so in order for it to look like you are wearing any at all, you need to go slightly heavier and use colors that have a little bit more pop. Stick to a matte makeup unless you really know what you’re doing. It is super easy for shiny/glittery/shimmery makeup to reflect light and make you look oily (or spotty) in a photo. So stick to a nice matte finish powders and eye-shadows for flawless looking skin. Always wear powder over your makeup to set it and also continue to keep it matte.

Fake eyelashes – I know they can feel awkward or “heavy” at first, but they make an awesome impression in photos and are a great way to add more flare without looking too unnatural. (For an even more natural look, try individual lashes)

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2. Select Great outfits.

Dress the same scale. Keep in mind the season you are in. You don’t want to be wearing a summer dress in the early spring and be uncomfortable the whole time…but you also don’t want to have to wear a jacket for the entire session! If there are multiple families in one photo dressing in the same array really adds to the photo. Even planning a theme where everyone is in a white shirt and jeans can be fun.

ACCESSORIZE: Bright, fun accessories add a lot to the overall look. Finish off your look by making sure you have some great shoes, belts, jewelry or scarves. Accessories make an outfit look more complete. Wearing layers can often give more of a complete look. Wearing clothes that are known to show bra straps should be avoided. Making sure clothes are washed, pressed or ironed gives an overall crisp look to the photos. A few wrinkles can be noticeable in photos. Tighter, yet flattering clothes show better on camera. Clothes tend to look baggier on camera than they actually are. You might want to paint your nails a great colour that will go with your outfit.

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3. Location! 

When figuring out a location with your photographer, let them know what type of location style you would like. For example, would you like them done on the beach, interesting buildings, in a forest, a rustic farm, open fields, or a family home?

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4. Practice!

Some people are naturally great at smiling in front of the camera, for others it doesn’t come as natural. If this is you, take some time in front of the mirror practicing those smiles. Learn what looks best on you.

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6. What to bring?

It is a good idea to bring a few things on a location shoot to leave in the car in case you need something extra, but overall you want to pack very light for the actual shoot. There are a few things you may want to have available just in case: extra shoes for walking, a jacket, possibly something to sit on if you’re worried about getting your outfit dirty.

Bring shoes that you can walk in (ladies look amazing in heels) but if we are walking across a field or a sandy beach the comfort of good shoes will make it easier, we can change shoes for the shooting part.

Bring sunglasses for some fun photos. Is there a favorite sport? Or game? Or themes like balloons or bubbles, cup cakes or candy, flowers or a football. Do you have a dog? What do you love to do together?

I recommend that you eat before the shoot. You want your tummy to be satisfied and for you to feel energized for the shoot.

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7. The Process

With in three days of the shoot your images will be posted on under the CLIENT tab in the category FAMILY PORTRAITS, and your password will be emailed to you. All images are put on a USB without a watermark and are yours to keep. If you are looking to have your favorite images enlarged or a special order of Christmas cards made choose which photos you would like and place your order with Janet at

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I want you guys to love these photos forever!


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