Suggestions for photo shoots
When selecting your clothes:
White or pastel colors are perfect for lighter backgrounds.
Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor photographs.
Middle tones or deeper solid colors are ideal for formal portraits.
Bright colors look great with colorful backgrounds.
Avoid large prints or patterns that distract from your face.
Choose long-sleeved shirts or sweaters rather than short-sleeved or sleeveless - they just look better.
Plan to wear your hair in a style you’re comfortable with.
Avoid new cuts or styles.
If you wear glasses, wear them for your portrait, but we may have to adjust posing angles with them.
Keep your make-up natural and fresh. If you want your hands or feet to show, remember to do your nails.
A fresh shave is a must! If you have a beard or mustache, make sure it's neatly trimmed.
Clothing For Small Groups:
Couples or small groups should choose simple garments within the same tonal ranges, keeping in mind how the clothing and background selection will affect the stylistic intention of the portrait. When subjects appear in a mixture of light and dark tones together, there is visual confusion—as the light color comes forward, and the dark color recedes. When this happens, one person becomes dominant and appears heavier than in reality.
Clothing For Families:
In a family group, proper clothing coordination is critical. Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group. Careful clothing selection makes the difference between a portrait that appears to be unrelated individuals and one in which every member of the family “belongs” to the group. Light-colored clothing is appropriate against a white or pastel background. Casual clothing compliments portraits made in outdoor environments.
How Long will it take to edit my images and receive prints?
Most of the time, it will be around a week to receive your finished digital images.
Weddings are two weeks minimum, up to two months. But depending on work load, it may be slightly quicker or take slightly longer.
Basic prints will take around one week for me to receive after I order them. Canvas, gallery wrap, and mounted images will take slightly longer, and average ten days.
Why do my images crop and look different when I print them?
Due to the aspect ratio of full frame (3:2) professional camera gear your printed images will be cropped depending on the size you choose to print. For example an image out of our of our cameras will print the entire frame on 8"x12" paper. So if you choose to print on 8"x10" paper, you will loose 2" of the image on the long side.
A 5"x7" print will loose just a bit of the image due to crop.
So a good option is to pick a print size that either prints the whole image ( 4x6, 8x12, 16x20) for example. Or to pick a print size such as 5x7 or 10x14 where the crop loss will be minimized.