Sunday, January 16, 2011

My List of things I'm thinking while photographing you

I am a list maker. I always have been. Today I decided to make a list for you.

My list of things I'm thinking while photographing you:

1. Just breathe. People naturally attempt to hold their breath while being photographed — this makes you appear stiff and unnatural. Breathe! Laugh with your significant other or family. 
      Some of my favorite photographs are of families or couples sharing a sincere moment of laughter. 

Act with your family and significant other as you normally would — not as if a camera is watching. 

2. Do not assume any detail is too small. 
        You own cowboy boots? Great! Wear them!
        You're wearing your grandmother's ring? Your grandmother is here? Perfect!
        The Maid of Honor has a written copy of her speech? I wanna see!
        Your husband's truck is his pride and joy? We can work with that! :)

3. Grooming
             I like all of my photographs to be very natural. With that said, I suggest you dress normally on the day you have a photo shoot. Also — don't overdue eyeliner (I can add a bit of eyeliner while editing your photos — it's nearly impossible to take away). This goes for hair product as well; if you use too much, you hair might end of looking like one big blob. 

For longer hair: consider bringing another option like a pony tail holder just in case the weather is windy. A classic pony tail will look much better than hair across your face.

4. Bring Props 
This is especially true with children, families but even for engaged couples as well.
         If your child has a favorite blanket or stuffed animal it would a priceless thing for us to document through your portraits. 

Well this is all for today folks. I might make another list as inspiration hits.

Do any of you have questions regarding photography or what to do or not do during a session?
I'd be happy to answer!
Have a blessed week everyone.



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