My desire is that you not only end up with some amazing photos, but that you finish our session with a great experience as well. Many people imagine a professional photo shoot to be a chore, but if you'll take the time to read my suggestions below and be prepared for your shoot, I can pretty much guarantee you'll walk away with so much more!
What should I wear?
I personally LOVE and highly recommend lots of color. The natural colors of the beach are blue and white and brown. So, the common assumption is that solid, primary colors work best. While white shirts and khakis do look timeless and classy, they can also look dull. Allow your wardrobe to reflect your personality. If you want your photos to really POP, I recommend lots of color!
What should I bring?
I recommend you bring:
- An adventurous spirit (because I'm going to have fun with or without you!)
- A relaxed attitude (because if you're relaxed, your photos are going to look amazing!)
- A bottle of water (not that it takes hard work for you to look amazing!)
- A large blanket to use to get changed under (and a trusted friend to hold it up for you!)
- A hairbrush (because it is always a little windy at the beach!)
- And maybe a towel (in case you get a little wet at the beach!)
How should I prepare?
This is probably the most important question you can ask! What you do the day of your session and the few hours before we shoot will have more to do with creating great photos than anything else! I've been doing this for a long time...here are my tips for preparing for an amazing portrait session.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get ready!
The last thing you want to do is arrive at your shoot feeling rushed or even late. Plan accordingly, and give yourself plenty of time to look your best and arrive on time!
- Know where you're going and how long it should take to get there!
I'll send you an address/map of where we'll be meeting, but it's up to you to arrive at the correct location. Don't be that one person I book every year who calls me from the wrong pier wondering why I'm the one running late! Make sure you understand how slow traffic on the Outer Banks can be and plan accordingly!
Your session begins at the time we agreed upon, with or without you!
- Stay out of the pool!
If you're not OK with blood shot eyes and raccoon faces, don't go swimming in the pool that day! Trust me, I'll know immediately if you ignored this advice, and you'll see it in your photos.
- Wear your sunscreen all week!
We Outer Banks locals have an affectionate term for vacationers..."sore-backs". I can work a lot of photoshop magic, but I can't remove your sunburn or tan lines! (If we're shooting at sunset, you shouldn't need sunscreen during the shoot.)
- Eat dinner!
Especially if we're shooting at sunset, do not come hungry!
- Seriously, relax! Have fun!
I can't tell you how many times somebody has said to me at the end of our session, "That was way more fun/much easier than I thought it would be." If you're not used to being in front of the camera, it can feel a little awkward at first, but I promise to make it easy and fun if you're willing!
Make sure that you have my cell phone number just in case you get lost or are running late! Feel free to call or text me for any reason!
I'm always on time and usually early. But, if for any reason I am running late, I will call you to let you know!