Tips for Photo Shoots
1. Choose a great location
The location of your photo shoot can have a big impact on the way the photos turn out. The first thing I ask my clients is if they are more urban/city or more country/rural type people. The second thing I ask is if there is a location within those settings that have sentimental meaning. The photos will mean more to you if they take place in a place that has meaning. For example, the place where you had your first kiss, your favorite place to go for walks with your dogs, the place of your first date, etc.
When my clients aren't sure where to go, I am more than happy to suggest locations. I typically love to take photos in areas with beautiful nature settings. However, I also enjoy taking photos at unique places within Edmonton for a more urban feel. Please just ask and I can suggest some spots for us to go to!
2. Wear appropriate clothing
We all know the climate in Alberta can change at the blink of an eye. It is always important to bring more than one outfit and also to make sure that you stay warm! I always advise people to dress very warm in the winter as mostly all sessions take place outdoors (with exception of studio boudoir). The second thing to consider is color. Make sure that the colors of your clothing don't clash in any way. For example, pink and red don't go well together. I always suggest for clients to wear natural colored clothing so that it doesn't clash with the natural colors of both the city and the country landscape. Also, keep in mind the location of the shoot. Wear shoes that are appropriate for the landscape. For example, you wouldn't wear stilettos to a shoot out at a farm, etc.
3. Get your hair and makeup done
Getting your hair and makeup done (if you're a lady obviously) can go a LONG way in increasing your confidence throughout the photo shoot. Some makeup artists that I recommend are HP Makeup Artistry (www.hpartistry.com). They have done the makeup at all of our boudoir marathons and many of my family sessions and all the ladies are consistently happy with the way they do their makeup. On top of that, they are mobile so they can come to you! I typically love to do many close up shots throughout my shoots so false eyelashes always help in really making your eyes stand out. You can also set up an appointment with the hair dresser of your choice prior to the shoot or get a mobile hairdresser to come to your house (please contact me for some names of hairdressers that are mobile).
*If you do decide to wear red lipstick, make sure that you choose a stain rather than lipstick - this way your man won't be wearing red the entire shoot*
4. Bring props
I really love utilizing props in my shoots as it adds more creativity and diversity to the photos. If you have any objects that have meaning to you and your fiance/boyfriend/family, please bring them along! Some examples are: Flowers, sign saying your wedding date, a balloon, bubble gum, wedding rings, books, and old vintage car, items to have a picnic, a unique blanket, and the list goes on and on.
Here's a handy site which will give you some pointers not only on props, but posing too:
One of my favorite florist vendors in the Edmonton area is Flowers by Willows by Rachelle Willows (www.flowersbywillows.com). She does fantastic work and her flowers are always stunning! I have had the pleasure of working with her at our styled shoots where she has provided the floral props.
4. Most importantly, relax, have fun and be yourself!
The most important thing regardless of the all items listed above is to remember to relax, have fun and be yourself. I always do everything in my power to make my clients relax and have fun during the shoot. I want the way that they truly are to come out in the photos, and I want to be able to capture some real emotion. I find the best photos are the ones where couples/families are playing around together in between posing. Authenticity goes a long way when it comes to getting photos taken together.