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Portrait Planning Guide

Your step-by-step guide to your portrait session

YOUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO A PERFECT PORTRAIT SESSION

 

Thank you for choosing to work with me. I am so excited to get started on your portrait session.

 

I want to make this experience helpful and stress-free so I have created a step-by-step guide to plan your perfect portrait session. Simply follow each step below to get started.

  1. Select a location
  2. Pick your style
  3. Getting ready tips
  4. Personalize your session
  5. Submit your session plan

Step One

Select a Location

for family + Engagment Sessions.

When selecting a location for your portrait session consider the season and style of images you want. Beach images during the winter months will look very different than beach images during the summer. There is no right or wrong; just be mindful of what type of images you want to have.

At Home

 

If you are looking for an annual photo shoot in your home, I come to you, and you can have a variety of shots take, I spend an hour with you, which allows some outdoor time, as well as some indoor pictures too.

Beach Session

In the summer months I travel throughout New England. I usually post a list of the dates ahead of time. The most common locations are:

Nantucket , Cape Anne, + Cape Cod

In CT I suggest:

Penfield beach, Jennings Beach, Compo Beach.

+travel fees may apply .

Lifestyle

Lifestyle sessions are more in-depth .

I'll spend at least two hours with you in your home, documenting everyday life. The aim is to capture the mundane moments that make up these amazing memories of childhood.

 

Outdoors

 

I have several suggestions in Litchfield, County + Fairfield County, Hartford. and New Haven areas.

I love the outdoors. and know the trails, and preserves well. I have several place I love to shoot if you need some ideas.

Step Two

Pick and outfit & Style

What kind of style fits you? Look for outfits that are similar to these tones and styles.

Modern

Natural

Boho Chic

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Elegant

Step Three

Getting ready tips For an Engagement session

Getting ready for your engagement session doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some simple tips to have a stress-free and fun Engagement session. Be yourself, and don't do anything that you wouldn't naturally do. The idea is to find a happy medium between relaxed and laid back, but some serious style. I'll handle the rest.

A note for her:

Select an outfit that makes you feel confident and beautiful. When it comes to your portraits, your attitude will reflect greater than your actual outfit. When you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin, the other style details will all fall into place.

 

So don't get overly stressed about your outfit selection. Go with your gut and what makes you feel like you! Here are some general tips for getting ready:

 

Best places to shop for gals:

  • H&M
  • ASOS
  • Gap
  • J. Crew
  • Anthropologie

 

Hair & Makeup (for brides):

 

If you're hiring a hair & makeup artist for your wedding then consider doing a trial run for your engagement session. This is a great opportunity to test if you like a specific style of makeup or preference of hairstyle.

 

Don't Forget:

  • Clean your ring or jewelry
  • Get a manicure or take nail polish completely off

A Note for him:

If you're like most guys, then you dread taking photos. We challenge you to throw out all your doubts, insecurities, and frustrations toward taking photos because this is NOT your average portrait session. If you promise to have an open mind I promise that I will do everything in my power to make you feel comfortable and excited during your portrait session.

 


Best places to shop for guys:

  • H&M
  • ASOS
  • Gap
  • J.Crew
  • Vineyard Vines

 

Don't Forget:

  • Bring your ring
  • Trim your beard or facial hair
  • Relax, just be yourself

Step four

Personalize your session

Personalizing your session is how you make your images feel unique to you. I welcome and encourage you to bring items and props that feel like you. If you're not sure what to bring just ask, I can provide some ideas.

Dogs are Family Too

 

Do you have a dog that feels like family? Feel free to bring them along your planing an outdoor session.I fancy myself a dog whisperer , so hopefully I'll get a few great shots of them alone too!

 

Please note: some locations work better for pets. Please notify me that you will bring your dog so we can pick an appropriate session location.

Throw A Dance Party

Are you looking for some fun pictures with movement ?

 

Girl put your record on and dance. whether it's you and your kid, or you and and your significant other- it makes for some amazing photos.

Props

Consider bringing fun props to your portrait or engagement session. sports balls, bubbles, ice cream, instruments...whatever your ideas may be, welcome them!

 

Let me know what your prop ideas are so that I can prepare a plan to photograph them.

Step five

Submit Your session Preferences

Please take a moment to tell me about your portrait session plan. Within 24 hours of submitting your session plan, I'll reach out via email to confirm your session plan and location details. I'm looking forward to connecting with you very soon!

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