Specializing in portraits of children and
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Atlanta, GA 30328
Over the years, I have found that there are several guidelines you can follow to make your sitting go more smoothly and to improve the photographic images of your children, your, family, or yourself. Please review the information below and do not hesitate to call me if you have concerns or questions.
Arrive well rested and try to allow enough preparation time so you and/or your family are not feeling stress and pressure. (Warning...teens may need excessive amounts of time!)
Dress in clothes that you feel comfortable in and that you want to see in this picture. Do not dress in clothes that need constant readjustment such as scarves, frilly collars, collars that will not lie flat, pants whose pocket lining show when you sit, pants that pucker out when you sit, short straight skirts, suspenders or straps that do not stay up, jumpers or overalls that pucker out in the front when you bend at the waist to sit, or shirts whose neckline have a tendency to open too widely at the neck.
Plan to wear your hair in a style you're comfortable with. Avoid new cuts, experimental styling, and ponytails.
If we are shooting outside try to stay away from wearing solid white from the waist up, for example, a solid white blouse or shirt. A small white collar is fine. (White or pastel colors may work well in the studio).Also try to stay away from very dark or dull colors. Dark green, navy, and black will tend to blend into the dark green backgrounds of the outdoor studio. Also, green and yellow may not be a good choice if we are shooting outside in the spring. Dark colors photographed on a dark background inside the studio will create a dramatic effect emphasizing the faces. Jewel tone or pastels photograph well and add a more upbeat cheerful feeling to your portrait.
Avoiding wearing clothes that have writing, letters, numbers or large logos. Also avoid big stripes, bold plaids, or patterns. They can draw attention from the subject's face putting undo emphasis on the clothing.
If we are photographing several families together, make sure everyone wears simple clothes (solids are best) and that the colors blend well. Also keep color tones the same i.e. do not have some individuals in bright colors and others in muted tones. Some people like each individual family group to all wear the same color so that the viewer can distinguish the smaller families within the large group.
Shoes and socks should be in key with tone of clothing. Do not wear extremely white tennis shoes. Socks may show. If you have on dark shoes, wear dark socks. Children (and adults) can go barefoot for a more casual look. Please try on all clothes before the sitting. Children may have limited patience with adjustments and clothing changes.
Avoid frosted types of makeup. Guys need a fresh shave. If the subject(s) wear(s) make up, it is a good idea to bring touch up items with you in a small make-up bag. You may wish to bring powder to touch up a shine.
**It is very important to be on time for your sitting. Please try to check and organize your clothing and accessories the day before the sitting to avoid last minute panic! Hair should be already curled and/or dry. Also if you need to change your children’s clothing after they have arrived at the studio, please plan to come a few minutes early so that we can spend the maximum amount of your appointment time photographing your family!
[Please note: Photo labs are notorious in their ability to misprint an order the first time!! Although I submit your order to the lab within 24 hours of receiving it from you, I cannot control mistakes within the lab. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your order to be ready and perhaps even more time if your order includes several different size prints or mountings.]