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Portrait Planning Guide

Your step-by-step guide to your portrait session

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

 

Thank you for choosing to work with us. We are so excited to get started on your portrait session!

 

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

 

We've focused here on Engagement Sessions but this can easily be used for Family and Senior Sessions too!

 

Our Guide for Bridal Sessions can be found in our Wedding Book provided to each of our clients. Our Wedding Book goes into more detail with tips, checklists and answers to questions that often come up along the photo and video wedding journey!

Step one

Select a Location

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

Urban

 

Downtown Locations

 

Areas with shabby rundown architecture

 

Sidewalks, street life, graffiti

 

Downtown locations in old small towns

 

Want to go into an abandoned building? Yikes! Cool!

Outdoors

 

Fort Worth Botanical or Japanese Gardens

 

Dallas Arboretum

 

Trinity Park

 

An open field of grass

 

Walk along train tracks

 

Let's get wet in the lake! Perhaps a canoe?

Country/Western

 

Stockyards Hotel

 

Stockyards Grounds

 

Stockyards Cattle Shoot

 

Horse or Cattle Ranch

 

 

Locations

 

Movie Theater

 

Coffee Shop, Restaurant or Ice-cream shop

 

Stadiums

 

Carwash

 

Movie Recreation (Star Trek, Star Wars, Video Games, Etc)

 

***May cost extra by Owner

Step two

Pick an outfit

What kind of style fits you? Look for outfits that are similar to these tones and styles. Consider looking for what looks good with your skin tones. You do not need to be "matchy matchy" but complementary with those in your photos. Also consider not going too trendy. Trends will date your photos much faster than just going with more classic neutral fabrics and styles. It's really a good idea to stay with solids and away from heavy prints and patterns.

Modern

Natural

Elegant

Chic Boho

Step three

Getting ready tips

Getting ready for your portrait session doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some simple tips to have a stress-free and fun portrait session.

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, style details will all fall into place.

 

Don't get overly stressed about your outfit selection. Go with what what you feel like you! Bring a couple different options and change during the session so you will have options too! Here are some general tips for getting ready:

 

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

If we are walking in the park, considering bringing some slip-on shoes in between sites if you are wearing heels. We don't want twisted ankles!

Think about the length of your skirt if you want your partner to pick you up or carry you. A micro-mini might be a challenge. We've seen it all but we'd rather not see it all!

Consider word props such as "Save the Date" "Thank You" "Merry Christmas" "Family" or physical props such as chairs, hammocks, other items that are special to you.

 

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. We are a family team so we know how to make this session fun for both of you.

 

If you promise to have an open mind, we promise that we will do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable and excited during your portrait session.

 

Don't Forget:

Trim your beard or facial hair

Bring Bug Spray

Suntan lotion

Water Bottles (or several if its hot outside

Extra shoes if were are going anywhere they are needed

Umbrella for heat, if needed

Accessories for change of clothes such as belts, proper undergarments, etc.

Hairbrush, Hair Gel, etc.

Relax, just be yourself

Clean your ring or jewelry

Trim your nails

Step three

Personalize your session

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

Pets & furry friends

Do you have a furry pet that feels like family? Feel free to bring your pets along to your portrait session.

 

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

Blankets & comfort items

Are you the snuggle up and get cozy type? Bring your favorite blanket and comfort items with you. Cuddling up next to each other with your favorite items will put you both at ease and make for some amazing photos.

Props

Let the sparks fly! Consider bringing fun props to your portrait session. Sparklers, bubbles, ice cream, smoke bombs ...whatever your ideas are, we welcome them! We seriously like to be challenged.