Great!

You have scheduled a photo session.

Now What?

This is just a quick review of the process from here forward:
We probably won't meet until the shoot on the date and time as agreed.
But if you would like to meet before the shoot then let me know.
I am willing (if possible) to meet before the shoot (in person or even over the phone) to talk about our goals and this process.

If you have any problems or concerns with the process, or anything at all please call or text me right away:
(703) 336-3541. 
We are partners now, and I want to be flexible and work with you to make this as productive and painless as possible.

During the shoot

Every so often we will probably pause to review the images. This review process will help take some of the stress and mystery out of the experience for you. During these reviews, we will be selecting the images that work the best and figuring out what to try and what to adjust.

The overriding point is that we want to capture realistic images of you at your best. 

After the shoot

  • I will put up a secure online gallery of the images we selected during the shoot

  • Then you will pick your favorites from that gallery.

  • I do full retouch and color correction on those photos.

  • I give you a new gallery of the final shots (in 5 days or less).

  • You can download the images for the web, social media, email - whatever use you want.

  • You are not allowed to sell these images to anyone without checking with me first.

  • Please do not try to make prints of these images. If you want prints, check with me and I will prepare files that will work well for that, these screen images are not intended to be printed.

  • Available low-cost add-ons:

    • hair and makeup artist

    • extra images

    • custom prints

    • faster turn around (when possible)

We are working to make you look confident, accessible and approachable.

With that in mind, here are a few things to consider for shoot day:

1. Dress comfortably.

We'll likely only see your shoulders and a little of your chest (unless we have made some unusual plans)
so wear something you like, something easy for you to move around in, especially from the waist down.

2. Wear solid colors you think look good on you.

If you wear stripes or prints, the patterns will pull attention from your face.

3. Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued.

Bright colors (especially vivid reds, oranges, and yellows), can be distracting, especially for headshots.

4. Put some thought into the color and style of your shirt/blouse/top.

Generally, the color of clothing that we will see on your shoulders and chest should contrast with your hair and complement your eyes. The impact of contrasting your hair color depends on the length of your hair, the longer it is, the better it is to contrast the color. And choosing a color that complements your eyes can really pull out their color. Avoid anything too low cut or sleeveless, the color and tone of your skin on your arms and/or chest can distract from your face.

5. Avoid jewelry, but if you must wear it keep it simple and minimal.

Again, jewelry can draw attention away from your face.

6. Hair: If you are getting your hair cut or styled, do it at least a week or so prior to your portrait session.

Allow some time to get comfortable with your new hair before your portrait session. Prepare your hair as if you are going out for the evening, nice, but normal for you.

7. Makeup: it depends...

If we have a makeup artist joining us then:

Arrive with a clean, dry face.

Face moisturized if there is a particular brand you like to use.

If you know there is something you are looking for then send some photos of makeup examples ahead of time for us to talk about.

And if you haven't already, send us a selfie for the makeup artists.

 

If we do not have a makeup artist joining us then:

Arrive with natural, simple, minimal "street" makeup.

Again, keeping it simple is the goal, smokey eyes, dramatic eyeliner, things like this should be avoided. In this situation, even the most elegantly applied makeup can easily become distracting or seem unnatural.

 

If in doubt, simpler is better.

 

Again, feel free to send an email or give me a call if you have any thoughts or questions.