Your portrait session is approaching. I am pretty sure that you feel excited and maybe even a bit nervous. No worries, it is completely natural. You don’t need to have any modeling experience to look great in portraits. But with a little bit of preparation, you will help your portrait session to be an enjoyable and relaxed experience.
Here are seven tips and pointers for a perfect women portrait session. Let’s go!
Styling and selection of your outfits are equally important as your photo shoot. I recommend choosing outfits that are comfortable and best reflect your style and personality. Your style can be vintage, street style, bohemian, chic, artsy, sexy, casual, sophisticated, tomboy, rocker, or preppy. Be true to your own style. Yet, you can also experiment with new styles and fun outfits as long as they feel your own. If you feel comfortable, you will look comfortable in your images. Check out this blog post from Stylewe. It gives great examples of each style if you need additional inspiration.
There are so many aspects that go into styling; fit, colors, and textures. The camera can be cruel, therefore I recommend choosing form-fitting clothing with lots of texture. Avoid busy patterns as they can be distractive and draw attention away from you. Colors are equally important. Play with colors that compliment your skin tone. Add a little pop with complimentary colors. Have you ever thought of how Fashion Bloggers draw so much interest in their posts? Yes, they master color palettes and complimentary colors. The more effort you put into the styling part, the better your pictures are going to look. This is one of my favorite parts of the process. You can count on my help in the wardrobe consultation. I also have a collection of outfits, dresses, props, and jewelry in my studio. They are all available to you.
This is the pampering part; sit back, relax, and enjoy. Every client that books a portrait session with me, will have a personalized hair and makeup in my studio. It is totally up to you how you want to be styled; natural, glamorous, or professional. We can also adjust the hair and makeup during your session when you change outfits. With little tweaks, you will get several looks from the session. My hair and makeup artist will make you look gorgeous and ‘camera ready’. Make sure you book a date night after your session because you will look amazing.
Photography is mutually empowering; it evokes vulnerability and strength – on both sides of the camera. How can you feel more confident in front of the camera? How do you make me look beautiful and confident? My clients ask me these questions all the time. Being in front of the camera can be an intimidating experience. But, it doesn’t need to be. There are a few simple steps you and I can take to ensure that you are relaxed and confident during your portrait session. Remember the wardrobe consultation and selecting outfits that are flattering and bring your personality alive? Hey, the first step is already done. At this point, you should feel quite awesome. But, there is more. As a portrait photographer, it is my job to bring it all together; guide you with expressions and posing that flatter you and your style.
Most people have a preferred side to photograph. If you are unsure of your best angles, spend some time in front of the mirror to find angles you prefer. I do this all the time myself. It is part of discovering the secrets of great portrait photography. Often, my clients share this tip with me right away. If you are unsure of your best angles, I will conduct a ‘few-shot-face-study’ where you look at your best. We will find it together! Open communication is so important. If you have areas that you wish to emphasize or not, please tell me.
My studio will offer an intimate and safe setting for a portrait shoot with no distractions. I love using humor and laughter in the studio; I’m not afraid to act silly myself. And often my clients find this deliberating! My goal is to keep the mood light and fun so you can enjoy the process. And get beautiful images!
Yes, this is exactly what we want. Be natural. Be the amazing you. It will always take a little bit of time to get relaxed in front of the camera. It is like a warm-up-phase. When you are relaxed, your body language is inviting and your expressions reflect your personality. Your facial expressions, connection, and smile come naturally too. Even more dramatic and serious images will look awesome when you are relaxed and natural. It is also important to keep open communication between the client and the photographer. If you feel nervous, don’t be afraid to share it with me. Hey, I’ve been there many times myself so I can relate.
Before your photo shoot, you can take several beautification steps that can make a huge difference in the final outcome. These beauty preparation steps will also increase your confidence when stepping in front of the camera. Emily London Miller, who is an awesome portrait photographer for women, has written a detailed blog about ‘Preparing for Your Photoshoot; The Beauty Checklist.’ Click here to check it out! Choose the steps that fit in your own beauty routine and budget. The most important thing you can do prior to your photo shoot is to relax, get plenty of rest, and don’t stress out. A definite secret for a successful portrait session.
There are many forums available on the Internet to search for ideas and inspirations. You can browse through my Portrait Galleries at www.suvistory.com. And you can also check out portraits, styling, and posing ideas on Pinterest. But don’t get lost in Pinterest, there is so much to choose from. Select the images that speak to you at first glance. I use Pinterest all the time; it is a great way to bring your vision together. If you create a vision board for your portrait session, please feel free to share it with me. Bring a few examples of poses you’d like to try or images that you love. We will make them uniquely yours. Get inspired with your vision!
I have talked about the importance of being natural and relaxed. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you chose only one suggestion from this article, it would be this. Relax! Come to your portrait session with an open mind, have fun, be yourself, and be the amazing you. Have a moment to yourself. Leave everything behind you and enjoy a little pampering with hair and makeup, playing with beautiful outfits, and having fun in my studio. Trust me, everything else will fall into the right place. Let’s create beautiful memories together. Memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.