Having a great Portrait session with your family or your significant other greatly depends on the skill of your photographer, however, there are many things you can do to make sure you get the most our of your session. These are tips and experiences I have had that all make for a picture perfect session with my clients.
As a photographer, I generally know the right questions to ask my clients to get them thinking about what they want for their photo session, whether it be for engagements, families, or a graduating senior. [What to wear, where to meet, the style of clothes you want, style of location, the "look" you are going for? Do you like props? Do you need recommendations for hairstylists or makeup artists for the photo-shoot? Etc.] I gather my clients email, FB, and phone numbers to always have some sort of path to communication should the need arise. If your photographer is not doing this, either take the reigns yourself, or find someone who shares your style of communication.
I had a client who really wanted to do an engagement session incorporating paint. She mentioned it once to me through email, seeing if it was even a possibility for our session. Which, of course it was! This was so key for me, because I would have never thought of such a great idea all by myself. If you have and idea you really want, please, always share it with your photographer! Communicating is key for a successful photo session.
Usually when I am communicating with a client for a family session, I am speaking with the wife/mother figure. I don’t usually get in touch with the entire family. So unless you specifically ask your photographer to send an email to your family, you will need to do so. Coordinating outfits, times, and locations is usually something that can be solved with a quick email or phone call (or if you all live together, a quick sit-down conversation). This makes it easier for photographers like me, who put a lot of time and thought into research for you, to know that things are being taken care of behind the scenes with your family, and that everyone arrives ready to be photographed.
This usually goes without saying. These are some good guidelines I like to follow so that everyone doesn’t end up too matchy-matchy:
Clothes should fit. It simply makes you look better. Not too tight, not too baggy. Speaking from my own experiences, I tend to wear loose clothing, because I like feeling flow-y and free, etc. I honestly feel skinnier in loose clothing. However, this has never translated well on camera for me, or for anyone. I love the fit of both Chelsea and Matt’s clothes in their engagements, because you can tell they are well tailored. Matt’s jeans were rolled at the hem in a stylish- GQ way, and Chelsea accessorized with a bit of pop of color with a belt. Absolute perfection.
For the Gentlemen:
For the Ladies:
Lastly, never forget to smile and have as much fun as possible!!!! The best pictures are the ones that always happen organically. I’ve been there, with a fussy baby and cranky hubby, but if you can get as much fun out of it as possible, you can come away happy with your pictures.
And that’s all folks! Thanks for reading. Hopefully this was a helpful read for photographers and models alike!