Planning for a photo shoot

One of the keys to having a great photo session is for you, the subject, to properly plan ahead.  The following suggestions should be helpful in this regard but you should also talk with your photographer before your appointment about his or her suggestions.

Let’s first talk hair.  When you tilt your head, your hair should move with you and blow nicely in the breeze or a fan.  You want to avoid a lot of hairspray or similar product in your hair when you come in for your photo shoot but you might want to bring a little for touchups.   If you are looking for a more natural look in your photos, avoid having a shoot only a few days after you get a haircut or styled. You should bring a hairbrush or com.  For women, check with your photographer about recommendations about bringing a curling iron, straightener, or electric curlers for an indoor photo shoot.

Some people may consider getting a sunburn or a tan before a photo session.  Please avoid tanning or sun burning right before your session.  If you are out in the sun, vary your shirtsleeves and bathing suit tops when tanning to avoid the lines if that will matter in your actual photos being taken.  However, avoid spray tanning or a tanning salon for a period of three days prior to your photo shoot.  Spray tans may photograph orange during this time period.

Clothing tips for a shooting

Another major consideration for your photo shoot is clothing.  The proper clothing to wear in a photo session will allow your face be the focus of the portrait.  Avoid stripes, plaids, busy patterns and bright colors that focus attention on your clothing and not your face.  Wear solid colors, no large distracting bright patterns especially outdoors.  If you want to wear bright, colorful clothing, have a second outfit with softer colors and tones for variety.  Go for a classic, timeless look rather than an outfit that dates the photo.  Check with your photographer about the number of clothing changes allowed in the professional shoot.  Bring multiple changes of clothes to fit the theme of your session!  Have a few different looks with you and just not all formal and not just all one style.  Plan all your outfits because some photos may be close-up, full length and in between.  If you are trying your outfits on prior to your appointment, make sure you all try on the same underwear or under garments.  Look in the mirror and how does each outfit look on you, your arms, etc.

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Some final brief hints for clothing: (a) Avoid a lighter colored pant with a darker colored shirt as it will have your bottom half look larger than your top; (b) for men, a dress suit with a tie has been a standard.  If you want to wear only a dress shirt and tie, wear a colored shirt.  (c) If session is outdoors, bring an outfit that blends with the outdoors.  Certain colors look best for different seasons outdoor.

Hopefully this article has provided you a number of tips and suggestions when planning to have a photo shoot.  Remember, these suggestions are informational but you should check with your own professional photographer prior to your appointment about his or her own advice and guidance.