what to expect
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Location, location, location!
It might not surprise you that the location we choose will have a lot of influence on the outcome of your photos.
So how do we pick the perfect location for you? Of course I have quite a few tried and true locations that seem to never fail, but we should also explore other options. Is there a location special to you? Something meaningful? Maybe a place only you and your family have access to? Do you know somebody with a giant field, or a place with a gorgeous view? Let's discuss those places. Of course, we will probably have time to location hop a bit, so don't feel like you have to commit to one place only!
You've got the look.
Styling your session is so much fun. And guess what? You can have multiple wardrobe changes! I don't put a cap on these, so we can do as many outfits as time allows (normally up to three). Some colors work better than others. Always stay away from neon colors, clothes with loud patterns, graphics/text or large logos and excessive red and black. Muted tones and neutrals are pretty failsafe. Maxi dresses work for most young women and add a lot of beautiful movement and texture. Consider one casual outfit and one that's dressier (and don't forget to choose shoes and undergarments that work with each outfit.) If sports have been a big part of your high school career, consider a uniform as well! Be sure to bring your outfits with you on a hanger to prevent wrinkling. You may want to plan a day to shop for your outfits, and schedule appointments with a hair and makeup artist now, if that's your thing. If you're the salon type, avoid having anything on your face waxed the day of, you'll want at least 24 hours for redness and swelling to go down. When it comes down to nails, think muted and neutral colors, and as always, bare nails looked better than chipped polish.
The week before your session we will check out the forecast and make some tentative plans if it looks like the weather could affect your session. Ideal conditions are dry, over 30 degrees and under 90, without excess cloud cover. Weather is unpredictable, especially here in the Catskills, so it's important we have a couple of backup dates, You'll also want to confirm any hair/nail/makeup appointments you have and be sure that your outfits are planned.
The day before your session is the latest you will want to have any facial waxing done. Steam or iron your outfits and hang them up. Also take out the shoes you plan on wearing and make sure they are cleaned. Be sure to get to bed early and drink lots of water to ensure you're well rested and hydrated. Double check the location and make sure you know where you're going and how long it will take you to get there.
Lastly, here are some quick tips that I love to share!
-When trying to figure out your gallery purchases, try to envision how you will be enjoying your photos 10-15 years from now.
-Keep an open mind and trust the process. I work with over 100 families each year and have yet to have a "bad session".
COVID 19 UPDATE
I have been contemplating the best ways to do my job well, and do it safely. Here’s what I have in mind:
Masks and distance. I will be wearing a mask for the duration of your session and maintaining appropriate distance.
Digital ordering. You will be able to place your gallery orders online only during this time. I hope to soon be able to also offer in person ordering, and will explore using platforms like Zoom and Google to design a system that allows us to work together on your order.