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Tear out any photographs that you like (not just senior photos) out of magazines you buy. These will give us an idea of the look you are after. Do not expect a carbon copy of the images you hand over, however, they will give us an indication of the type of feel you would like your photography to have.

Do not be bullied or coaxed into any pose you feel awkward about, as the same feelings of awkwardness will be reflected in the printed photographs.

Questions

What should I bring?

What about props and pets?

What should I wear?

What colors and styles?

What about my hair?

What about nails?

Should I get a Tan?

What about zits?

But I have braces...

 

Answers

What should I bring?

Bring music on CDs, bring a friend, bring lots of outfits and have fun.

  • Some poses will show your shoes so don't forget to bring shoes & socks for each outfit that you plan to wear. Barefoot and sandals! No problem for your casual clothes. And though white socks are in, they don't photograph well. So bring darker ones too. (just in case they show!) Guys don't forget those belts and Gals, don't forget your jewelry

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What about props and pets?

Bring what is important to you. If you play an instrument bring it. We prefer to photograph you in places and with things that show who you are. Besides people, Bob specializes in photographing pets from fish to horses so feel free to include them. We can include your car or hold the session on the foot ball field for example. If you have a special place let us know.

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What should I wear?

Bring lots of different outfits. Remember that some of your pictures are for your friends and some are for your family. So plan on some casual outfits and some more formal. You pick out some outfits and let your mom pick out some so everyone is happy. One of the benifits of bringing a friend along is to help choose outfits. You will also have a chance to see your pictures as we go along.
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Color and Styles

Use a variety of colors... for example, if you bring a black, gray and white outfit the previews will be really drab and boring. These are all good choices, but include some items of color too! 

Stay clear of stripes! (large bold ones of 5+" are tolerable. Small thin ones will not photograph well. It's best to not use any stripes or solids with 1-2 stripes or lines. 

Your face should be the focal point of your portraits. Long sleeve solids or very subtle prints are usually the most flattering in portraits.

Avoid clothes that are wrinkled or don't fit. Gals, don't bring your clothes rolled up in a ball in a backpack. They'll be a winkled mess and they will photograph that way. Guys! beware of shirt collars and sleeves do not fit. Often due to a bad fitting or borrowed suit items. It is important that your shirt and tie are properly fitted and that your suit/sport coat is the proper size. 

  • Medium to dark clothes look the best on dark backgrounds. So if you like these more dramatic looks, use darker more subdued colors. 
  • Medium to light colors look the best on lighter colored backgrounds. So if you like the lighter sets and backgrounds, bring lighter clothes that will go good with the backgrounds you prefer. 
  • For outdoor portraits. Be careful of bright greens as they often clash with the greens of the leaves and grass. Black, Khaki, pink, orange, navy, tan, gold, burgundy, dark yellow are good outdoors. We recommend staying away from white, light/pale yellow or other very light/pale colors outdoors. 
  • Traditional styles will stand the test of time and keep your portrait looking fresh for years to come. So try and use styles and looks that will be in style "next year" as well as this summer. Otherwise you're portrait will look dated and out of style in a year or two. Classic solid sweaters will always be in style. Trendy summer tops will look out of place next summer. 
  • Some poses will show your shoes so don't forget to bring shoes & socks for each outfit that you plan to wear. Barefoot and sandals! No problem for your casual clothes. And though white socks are in, they don't photograph well. So bring darker ones too. (just in case they show!) Guys don't forget those belts and Gals, don't forget your jewelry, 
  • Busy patterns and loud colors can be very distracting in your portraits. Avoid large & bold patterns that might tend to draw attention away from your face.

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What about my hair?

Cut your hair about a week before your session to give it time to grow in. You may want to change your hair style at your session to go with different looks. Try to plan the changes so they don't take too long. We can remove any fly away hairs.

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What about nails?

Don't forget the importance of your hands in your portraits. Whether you choose to do them your self or have them manicured, remember to keep the nails clean and neutral in color. We often show feet as well.

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Should I get a Tan?

Please keep out of the sun and tanning booths a week or two before your session. We often see uneven sunburn from guys who wear ball caps, peeling skin on noses from recent burns, raccoon eyes from those who were burned while wearing sunglasses. Or strap lines on the shoulders of gals who wish to be photographed in a strapless formal dress or top. Sunburn, uneven tanning and tan lines are expensive to retouch.

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What about zits?

Don't worry about blemishes or sudden eruptions the day of your session. When doing your makeup remember that if it doesn't show in the mirror it will not show in the photos. Our retouching staff will take care of them for you. The retouching is better than benzoyl peroxide!

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I have braces, should I wait?

Braces are part of who you are, your life right now. Don't be afraid to smile and don't put off your photo sessions. Our retouchers can remove even braces. There is an extra charge for this service, but it is better than waiting.

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