A guide to portraits

How prepare for your session


Outdoor Sessions

Compliment colors

There are several areas that we like to visit when going on-location, it is a fun way to get very natural images. We recommend outfits that will compliment each other instead of matching the exact colors (don't do all white for example). You are welcome to bring a second change of clothes, it can be casual but keep in mind that you still want to look your best.


Plan to bring different jewelry to stylize your shoot, from earrings to bracelets and head bands, your photos will have more variety. If your session will take place during the fall, be sure to also bring a blanket, sweaters, hats, scarfs, anything that will enhance the look. Can't decide which accessory to go with your outfit? Bring several options and we will help you put it together.

Be energized

The entire portrait session will last between 60 to 90 minutes and the last thing we want is for you to feel hungry. Grab something light to eat or have a protein bar with you, it will sure help with the cravings. There has been several occasions where we had to finish the session early because the client has not eaten all day. Drink plenty of water, carry a cooler with several bottles, to stay hydrated and make your time enjoyable.

In-Home Sessions

Preparing your home

• Clear floors and surfaces of clutter, and remove any items you don’t want appearing in photographs.

• Vacuum, dust, make beds, and generally clean your home. This will ensure that all surfaces gleam and sparkle in the photographs!

• I will select rooms with plenty of natural light for our photography. Even if a space looks uninteresting to you, if it’s full of beautiful light, include it in your cleaning!

• If you choose not to clean and prefer to receive professional retouching services on your photographs later, my retouching fee begins at $60 per hour.

Don’t forget the wardrobe

What you decide to wear can make or break a session, Pinterest is a great solution for making collections for excellent wardrobe choices. It will give you an idea of what looks great on camera. Be sure to edit the pins’ default description in place so you know exactly why a particular outfit was pinned and why you are suggesting it.


Newborn sessions take place in your own home within 14 days of birth. It is very important to be within this age as posing newborns becomes much more difficult past 2 weeks, as their wakeful stages begin to increase. Since your baby will be wrapped in very little clothing, it is recommended to keep the room at a very warm 80 degrees, use of a space heater will help keep the temperature in check. Each session lasts 2 to 3 hours as newborns are in their own schedule and it’s otherwise not possible to get the necessary photos in less time.

how to prepare

Sleep - Try to get a lot of REST the night before your shoot. Don’t stress over it; trust me - we’re going to have a great time together! If you are getting early AM shots, I suggest applying cold compresses to your eye area for a few minutes before applying your makeup to reduce puffiness.

Make sure you EAT before your session so you’re not miserably hungry. If you are bringing family or friends to your session, feed them, too! And be sure they’re aware we’ll be photographing for a couple of hours.

Skin – AVOID SUNBURN! Not only is it bad for you, but it is bad for your appointment, because we will probably have to reschedule. Red or peeling skin is not a good accessory! 

Acne - Don't worry about having a few blemishes! These will be removed during retouching. Please below regarding severe acne.

Hair - Don't try a new hairstyle the morning of your session. Play around in the weeks beforehand to see what works and what doesn't. You might even want to have a professional do this for you. Go for a “timeless” hairstyle. Use a little extra hair spray, but not so much that your hair is stiff.

Get a haircut at least a month in advance for girls or a week in advance for guys, so that the hair has time to grow a little and look more natural. Don’t do anything drastic that you might regret later! Especially a color change!

If you maintain coloring on your hair, try to schedule a color appointment that will give you the right amount of washing before your photos. (Everyone who colors has that “sweet spot” they like better than the first day!)

Remember, you still want to look like YOU in your photos. So if you’ve had long hair for quite some time, now might not be the time to get a short haircut if you’re not sure that you’ll love it.

Guys – be clean shaven on the day of your session.

Makeup - Wear what you usually wear, but slightly darker than normal. Please use care while applying eye makeup (eye liner, mascara), as your eyes will be the focal point of many of your photos. Better yet, use our recommend hair & make up artist!

Nails - Your hands will be showing in many of your photos. Be sure that if your nails are painted, the polish is not chipped. Please choose a neutral color. Same applies to toenails if you are wearing open-toed shoes. We might do some bare-feet shots also, so make sure your feet look their best! GUYS – this goes for you, too!!!  

Shaving - I know it may seem obvious, but don’t forget to shave your legs and underarms if they may be seen in photos. 

Glasses - If you wear glasses, please see your optometrist about loaning you a pair without lenses, or have your lenses removed for your session. If this is not an option, I will do my best to avoid glass glare, but there may be an extra charge of $20 per image for glare removal when ordering your portraits. Glare will not be removed from proofs.

Braces – Braces will not be removed from proofs, but can be removed from your portrait order at a charge of $20 per image.

Scars/Birth marks/severe acne - Scars/birth marks will be removed only at your request. Please tell me at the time of your session what your preference is. Severe acne may require extensive retouching. If extensive retouching is necessary, it will not be done on proofs, but will be done on the prints that you order, at your request. Basic retouching is included in your package, but extensive retouching requires an additional fee, which is outlined in your session contract.