Planning your photo shoot and being well prepared is important.
Here you can find some advice to plan at best.
A walk through mountains and trees?
Or some adventurous rocky location?
Since we shoot in an external location, the choice of this is fundamental. Which one is perfect for you?
Let’s think of the place you would like most to be immortalized and I will take you there!
After the location, comes the mood/concept and the style!
What kind of shoot do you like to do?
Dreamy, romantic, funny?
Everything depends on the idea you have already in mind but I could build a concept that could work for you, also!
I am a creative storyteller photographer, so this is my specialty! Don’t miss the opportunity to have something unique and special!
Take a moment to think
about your style.
If you will be outside with a lot of green around you, pick colours that will help you stand out from the background. Warm earthy tones work well.
Pattern can also play a very important part, use a mixture of solid colours and small patterns that compliment each other to give your photos a professionally styled look.
Number one thing I want you to remember?
Being comfortable is EVERYTHING. You should look and feel like yourself, first and foremost.
Be comfy. Please!
The idea is to authentically capture you wherever you are. Think through your clothing choices logically based on location, vibe, and comfort level.
Bring multiple outfit
Gather up 2 or 3 outfits that you feel amazing in and we can play around with different combinations on the day.
I’m not trying to photocopy trends in all their boring hues, I’m looking for the you-est you.
Bring things that help you express yourself I want you to grace my lens with your true, full personality!
Providing options helps me to make sure your threads compliment the environment – keeping the focus on you, where it should be!
Lead with personality
I want your shoot to be different from everyone else’s.
I want it to be you.
Incorporate textures & movement
Pick fabrics that move and flow with you.
Ones that add a cosy texture, or get picked up by the wind, filter the late afternoon sun, and glow in the morning light.
Natural fibers like linen, cotton, or wool are amazing. Avoid stiff-seeming garments with collars as they look a bit too formal and often get tucked in weird spots and need adjusting.
Aim for neutrals or softer tones, earthy tones, and metallics. These colours compliment the outdoor environment almost anywhere you go and look damn fine as a printed, framed photograph.
Primary colours are incredibly striking, but can sometimes have the effect of detracting from
the main subject (which is you).
So for example, instead of electric blue, go for something closer to sky blue. Instead of bright orange, opt for ochre or apricot.
The best is to is complements each others
A rule of thumb here is to choose to either complement your natural environment or contrast it.
For families it’s best to keep your colour scheme limited to four colours. You can choose one person to wear a feature colour and have everyone else’s outfits complement that.
In order for the aesthetics of your photograph to really sing, you want to find complementary outfits that showcase a variety of colors, textures, accessories, patterns, and tones.
Complement the other people in the photograph as well as your surroundings.
These colours, the ones that look incredible together, are called complementary colours.
Complementary colours sit across from one another on the colour wheel (i.e. blue and orange, red and green, yellow and purple).
The colour wheel comes in handy when making good colour decisions (aka planning what to wear):
it is a great reference point when trying to figure out what colours look a bit weird together and what colours are a match made in heaven.
It’s not all about contrast. We’re all built so differently and respond to colour combinations differently. For those less taken by the ‘pop,’ analogous colours could be the way to go.
Analogous colours are next to each other on the colour wheel, and can be quite soothing to the eye.
Think of the jungle and all of the lush variations of green, or the ocean and the infinite hues of blue.
Be careful with pattern and prints
Avoid large bold patterns as they often dominate the photograph and detract attention.
Usually, subtle smaller patterns work best. Flannels or a light floral print are great when they complement the location.
But less is definitely more with this one, try to limit yourself to one pattern at a time. Matching patterns is a tricky task, and it’s super difficult to do well.
If you’re not quite sure what category your patterned clothes fall into, shoot me an email or send me a text and I’ll be happy to weigh in.
The fine art of accessorising
Hats, sunglasses, socks, and jackets are a great way to jazz up your accessory game.
Throw some fun extras into your bag but avoid large distracting pieces. If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m interested in shooting you (not your clothes or your bling).
Watches are a bit of a weird one, especially in couple sessions. The big fat circle face of a watch is particularly apparent when people are holding each other’s faces and bringing them in for some sugar.
Best to leave the watch at home unless its sentimental.
I will do my best to capture the beauty of your moment
and you will have fun!