One of the questions I get is ... "What do I need to do before a session?"
Interestingly enough; there actually isn’t very much you need to do to prepare for your session, but let’s talk about the things that you should do!
Let's start with that actually I cover alot of this in emails that you will get leading up to your session after youve signed your contract!
1. Gather your outfits!
This is something I can definitely help with, if needed. We have a client closet here that you can read more about later to use, but We would recommend 3 to 5 outfits and will need two outfits if you plan to go nude at the end, but three if you are unsure about going nude. My biggest recommendation is to go with different styles for each outfit. Casual (tank top and undies with long socks), a bodysuit, bra and panty sets are the most recommended styles. I prefer that you stay away from baby doll style outfits, but I understand that some women really like that style so I won’t refuse to shoot it. They just really aren’t my preference! Corsets seem good , but aren't the best either.
2. Get your fingernails and toenails done!
I do a lot of detail shots, so even if it’s just a little paint, it goes a long way when it comes to all the small details in your images. A lot of women don’t think about this, but I do highly recommend it!
3. If you do not usually spray tan, DO NOT DO IT before your session.
Spray tans are not my favorite thing to photograph to be completely honest. They tend to look very orange and can be very difficult to edit. I much prefer the look of your natural skin in images. If you are used to getting spray tans and prefer the way you look with them then go ahead and do it. However, if spray tanning is not part of your normal routine, you will not like the way your images turn out and I ask that you stay far away!
4. Plan for a long day on the day of your session!
From start to finish, your experience is about a 5.5 hour day. This includes hair and makeup, the session, same day basic edits (skin retouching done on purchased images only), and your same day Viewing and Ordering. It’s best to not make any extra plans the day of your session so that it isn’t rushed! But we are still usually wrapped up around 2pm
BONUS: Things to expect on the day of your session:
Once you arrive to the studio, you will meet me and one of my amazing makeup artists!. After meeting all of us, you will sit down and we will get started on your hair and makeup. She will generally ask you colors of your outfits and what kind of makeup look you would prefer (dramatic, natural, or somewhere in-between).
Once that is done, we will go through your outfits to see what looks best and decide which order we want to shoot them it. I also have a client lingerie closet with some options for you as well... over 150 pieces; so depending on size and looks you are going for.
The general flow of a session is that we start off with the least revealing outfit and work our way down with some women going topless or nude for the final outfit.
After that, you'll change back into your "street clothes" then, we will view your images in our office and then we will go through and YOU will actually pick them out... not me, YOU!
This helps us get a better idea as to what products/Collection would be the best fit for you!
That’s about it! Nothing too crazy to worry about prior to your session! The most important thing is showing up. If you can do that, you will rock your session no matter what!