Portrait Ideas

There are a few things to consider for your photo shoot:

  • Location: There are many beautiful portrait locations in the Lowcountry. Keep in mind when selecting a location that lighting and contrast are key. Don't plan to go to the beach and wear your sand colored top. Plan on having some contrast between you or your family and the background. Lighting can be arranged to help with this, however it's best to use natural sunlight, and only maybe a fill flash to light faces. 
  • Clothing: Make sure you are planning on wearing clothing that isn't too much of a contrast with multiple family menmbers, or even top to bottom contrast. Black pants and white shirts aren't a good choice, as they contrast too much and take away focus from the subject. Whites, earth tones, denim, etc... are typically great colors to think about for multiple reasons - the biggest might be that the colors are timeless, and will be appropriate for years to come. 
  • Make-up: Adequate makeup is fine, just try not to load up with lots of color, again, it may not be as fashionable in the future. It can also clash with the environment, and take away from the beauty of the portrait.
  • If you have specific poses, or props, or shots in mind, lets discuss them ahead of time, so that we don't waste precious time during the shoot deciding and contemplating such things during the shoot. On-the-fly creativity is definitely something that happens, and is accommodated, however when it slows things down, the number of pictures taken can be effected. If you have multiple locations or multiple spots in a specific location, keep in mind it can effect the number of images. many times a longer session would accommodate. 
  • If children are involved, I suggest bringing them with you to any pre-shoot meetings, so that the children are familiar with the photographer, and can get comfortable with him. The more relaxed your child is, the better your pictures will look - I guarantee it. A nervous child, or one that hides behind Mommy's leg the whole time is easier to get over if they have met the photographer before, and even spoken with him. Sometimes it is unavoidable, and children don't cooperate, and it's OK - rescheduling is the best way to work around it. Don't stress the child or force them to pose - a meltdown may occur, and tears are hard to turn to smiles.