Wardrobe & Session Tips: Family Portrait Session
Hurray!! The hard part is done and out of the way: you booked your session, we found a time and date that works for you, and you have invested in capturing these ever fleeting, precious memories! We are truly appreciative of you for recognizing the importance of documenting life & are sincerely grateful that you chose our photographic voice to capture it!
From here it is smooth sailing -- the next step would be to start brainstorming a location and nail down a color pallet for your wardrobe. We've compiled a few examples of fabulous wardrobe choices from past clients, as well as inspiration boards found online that have helped our clients, visually, in coming up with a fantastic color pallet! Remember the key is not to necessarily match but more to choose complimenting colors and/or patterns. Don't be afraid to accessorize! Adding a scarf, hat, statement jewelry or layers of clothing will really help in making your photos "pop"!
The biggest piece of advice I give my clients, is to come to your session relaxed and calm. Our emotions are easily picked up on camera, so I invite you to sit back and enjoy our time together. I will guide you into organic and natural posing, find and chase the best, most beautiful light for our shoot, your job is just sit back, relax and be yourself, let me do all the work! If you're awkward, embrace it. If you and your family are goofy, let's be silly together. If you guys are cuddlers, let's capture ALL the hugs please! But in all seriousness, regardless of your personalities the bottom line is, the more natural you are with each other, the easier it is for me to capture the real, true you!
For on location shoots, light plays one, if not the most important role for an absolutely beautiful session. It is because of this that I am very selective of the time of day I shoot. I don't shoot at high noon, ever (if it's by choice). This is when the sun is directly above us and creates really harsh shadows. I tend to shoot 1.5-2 hours before sunset. Why you ask? -- because its soft, its golden, it is truly whimsical, and I know you will understand exactly why, once we shoot! Sooo you're telling me we can’t shoot any other time of day? We absolutely can, however locations are limited as we will mainly shoot under shade. I super encourage you to find an evening (late afternoon if it is in Late October-March) that works with both of our schedules but I know this can't always happen and I am more than happy to accommodate you. Again, please keep in mind that location options are a bit more limited.
As our session approaches, I stalk the forecast like a hawk. Rain (above 20% chance), high winds (15-30mph gusts) and frigid cold are some of the reasons for rescheduled sessions. Going back to my long winded talk about light, keep in mind inclement weather and cloudy/over cast days can cast more cooler/ duller tones to your final photographs -- another reason why light can make or break a session --- so I can't guarantee you'll see the warm/soft/dewy photos you see in my portfolio for days when it is way too overcast. I will get in touch approximately 24-48 hours before your shoot to confirm your date and set the final time. The most rescheduled sessions happen in March and April and then again in December and January.
If shooting in the summer and especially if we are shooting outdoors, I would recommend a light coat of sunscreen and plenty of bug spray (ESPECIALLY if you opted for a wooded/Bosque location -- the mosquitos can be quite agressive). Be sure to do this before you have your outfits on (bug spray can leave streak marks or stains). For Fall & Winter shoots please layer, it gets chilly outside! Speaking of the woods/trails, the terrain is extremely rough and uneven and I do most of my shooting off the trail -- if you find that you get uncomfortable easily and plan on wearing heals or sandals, I recommend bringing a change of shoes!
Okay! We've shot your session, and you’re so super excited to see all of your beautiful photos! Turn around time is approximately 14 business days. I absolutely know how difficult it is to wait for something you’re completely pumped about, so don't forget to "Like" my Facebook page! I will try to post a couple of preview photos from our session that you are welcome to tag yourself in, share with family and friends, and/or make your profile picture but please don't download/edit/alter in anyway or try to print. These are set up for Facebook quality so they tend to be low-res and super compressed.
When your images are completely, beautifully color corrected and edited, I will upload your images to an online gallery. Backup CD’s are available upon request (additional fee), however the instant effect of downloads are amazing! No waiting what so ever! The online gallery holds all of your full resolution images and you can download immediately. You are welcome to send them off for print that day (I can only guarantee/stand by the print quality of www.mpix.com), order some fabulous quality products directly from me and my professional lab, or upload them straight to Facebook (with appropriate credit to my photography business please)!
Welp, that is pretty much it! If you think of anything else or have any more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! I tend to be at my desk Monday-Wednesdays, and early morning to late afternoon is the best time to try and call me. I will do my best to get back to emails within 2-3 business days, and I promise to return voicemails within 48 hours. I can not wait for our session together!!!!
The Alicia Lucia Team