One of the most common questions I get from my clients is "what do I need to do to get camera ready?"
Honestly, it's pretty similar to how you might prepare for any big event. But let's talk through some of the specifics!
1. Get Inspired
In the weeks leading up to your shoot, go ahead and save images that you find inspirational. You might like the pose, the mood, or perhaps the props. This is a great time to get on Pinterest and save some ideas! Go ahead and share these with your photographer so they can bring your vision to life.
2. Wardrobe Selection
What you wear is so important. Choose clothing that feels true to you and your vision, while also being a good and comfortable fit.
If you're doing a group shoot, you'll want to coordinate your outfits so that there is something that ties them together whether through color or texture. This is something your photographer should be able to advise you on - I encourage my clients to include me in their wardrobe selection.
I also love it when folks bring an extra layer and/or accessory so that our photos have a little bit more variety even without a full outfit change.
3. Hair and Makeup
In the week leading up to your photoshoot, you might consider getting your haircut cleaned up, your nails done, etc. If you have a beard and/or mustache, make sure that it's neat and tidy. If you have the budget for it, you could also consider professional hair and/or makeup for the day of your shoot.
4. Be Prepared
Check the weather and make sure you don't need to bring an umbrella or rain coat. If your shoot is somewhere where you'll need to walk quite a bit, you might consider bringing a change of shoes (those comfy tennies that don't look the best, but are perfect for walking between locations).
Make sure to pack a full water bottle and maybe a snack or two, especially if you've got kids or just want to go the extra mile for yourself.
5. Rest and Relax
You'll want to get a good night's sleep before your photoshoot so that you look and feel your best. On the day itself, stay hydrated and don't skip meals! You'll need that energy to stay alert, composed, and most importantly... not hangry.
I hope this guide was helpful! Honestly, the most important thing is not to sweat it. Your photographer will be there to support you and make sure you're looking and feeling your best. Embrace the experience, be yourself, and your photographer will work their magic.
In this digital age, there's something truly magical about the permanence and tangibility of fine art photography. When we hang a framed print or display a photography album, we transform our memories into cherished heirlooms. They serve as daily reminders of how we felt in that moment, and have the potential to reshape how we view ourselves and our lives.
Today, we'll explore the different types of artwork you might choose for your home or to give to a loved one.
1. Wall Art
Imagine walking into your home and the first thing you see is a photo of your family from a special occasion. Maybe it's your daughter's graduation or the first time your extended family was able to get together post-covid. It could even be the photoshoot itself, and how it made you feel... confident, happy, connected.
Wall art is a powerful way to transform your space and bring you back to a special memory or feeling. Whether it's a family picture, a portrait where you feel your most confident and badass, or a photo of your child, wall art brings your photos to life like never before. Below are a few popular options...
3. Acrylic Blocks
A luxe touch for any desk or shelf, acrylic blocks feature your favorite images printed directly on a 1" thick piece of acrylic with a glossy finish. They're designed to stand alone in an elegant, compact display. These make great gifts for your loved ones though you'll also want one or two for your office or living room.
4. Signature Albums
Photography albums are like a visual narrative. They allow you to arrange your photos in a cohesive and captivating way, creating a story you can revisit time and time again. Printed on double-thick archival quality pages, these are built to last and feel luxurious to the touch.
You can place these on your coffee table for guests to page through, or keep one open and on proud display on a bookshelf or mantle. They also make wonderful gifts for parents and grandparents.
5. Folio Boxes
Folio boxes are an innovative, contemporary way to store and display your photographs. Filled with matted prints of your favorite pictures, these beautiful boxes allow you to switch out images or showcase a curated selection.
You deserve more than digital images that will be left forgotten and unobserved on your desktop or the cloud. Products like these provide a way to engage every day with your favorite memories. You can transform your living spaces, tell your story, and re-capture the feelings you experienced when those photos were taken. Whether you're looking to create a gallery experience at home or share your images with loved ones, there is a medium to suit your needs and style.
My recommendation is to choose a few different options so that you can enjoy your photographs in different ways, and have the opportunity to share your story with the people you love.