Photo Session TIPS - tmonterosaphotography

Photo Session TIPS


If you are scheduled from 3:00-4:30 and show up late you are not ready, you will have less time in the camera room. If you need to get ready here (hair, makeup, etc.) please arrive early enough to be ready for your start time.


First of all, AVOID stripes and plaids! Solids photograph much better. Also bring a variety of color, don’t bring 5 blue outfits even if it is your favorite color. Avoid clothing that has wording on it, unless it’s appropriate for the you particular photo session. Vary the styles you select and the dress level, bring something dressy, some medium & some casual. Some shots are close up, others are full length. Plan your outfits completely, shoes, accessories, props if necessary. Head to toe sort so to say. Formal, tennis shoes, up to you. Also remember, as a general rule, light clothes look better on light backgrounds and darker clothes look better on darker backgrounds. So if you prefer bring dark, light or both. Group your outfits together including accessories ON HANGERS. You may find if your clothing is stuffed in a bag, there will be wrinkles to be considered. If you are doing an outdoor session, most locations do not have places to change. But if you wear a layered outfit, you can add or drop a piece for a different look.


Make sure your clothing is flattering to you. If you think you have large arms, be careful with sleeveless styles, they can make your arms appear fuller. Wild to mild. We don’t really tell you what you can & cannot wear. Al little sexy is ok, but don’t make all of your outfits that way. I photograph everything from prom dresses to swimsuits. What one person like may not be appropriate for the next person.


The black and white “glamour” look is best with black clothing. The contrast between the skin and black is what makes them so dramatic. So bring some black, wild to mild.Dark bottoms are also in order.


Makeup should only be slightly heaver than normal. About like you might wear in the evening. Mascara should be clean and contain no clumps. Avoid makeup with “sparkles” in it, it will create a little white spot that look like a zit. Also avoid makeup with SPF in it because it tends to create a shine. Translucent powered can be used to knock out shine without adding color.


Avoid changing your hairstyle right before your session. Let it be natural. Quick, easy hairstyle changes during your session are OK, but remember time is limited. Bring your hair care tools and products with you if need be. It is OK to show up in curlers if you need to. It is hard for the photographer to know you hair style preferences, hair style is YOUR responsibility.


Please be sure you are clean shaven if appropriate. Retouching stubble costs extra and doe not look as good as a clean shave. Translucent powered can be used to knock out shine.


Best tip here, is to keep it simple. We want the attention on you. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the real subject, YOU. If you have different accessories for different outfits you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hangar with the outfit.


Bring props that help define who you are. Some popular choices are: Sporting equipment (soccer ball, football, hockey stick, etc.) sports uniforms, musical instruments, activities (dance leotard & shoes, swimming hobbies, you name it!) vehicles. motorcycles. We suggest more than an hour session for car shots).


Most glasses produce flare! Some prescriptions glasses more than others.


Tan lines are not attractive in portraits. We suggest you vary you swimsuit top or use a tanning bed to minimize any tan marks. Remember not to overdo your tanning. Spray tans can give your skin an orange appearance, so you might want to give this some consideration. Don’t overdo it so you don’t look too fake. Avoid SUNBURN! Sunburn and peeling skin DO NOT photograph well. Tan yes, Burn no.


We retouch blemishes, so don’t worry about minor breakouts. We offer an inexpensive option to retouch your entire folio or album.


Just let the photographer know if you want tattoos to show or not. It is that easy. Scars are not automatically retouched, but can be removed or softened at your request. Extensive work may have a slight extra charge. Braces, don’t worry, don’t fight smiling, a braces smile is better than a dorky, holding-back smile look.


Let’s face it, we are at the mercy of mother nature. If it rains, or we have inclement weather, fretting will not help, we simply have to reschedule. Don’t worry about clouds, they actually HELP! But rain falling IS a problem. If it is a morning session we will call you if we need to cancel due to weather, otherwise we are on.

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