15 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT

About a week before the shoot, try Crest White Strips to brighten your teeth if needed. Get your nails done-fingers and toes. Neutral polish is best, but if you want bright red, then go for it. Guys, it’s not a bad idea to get a manicure. Don’t let hangnails ruin your amazing portraits. But no polish, clear or otherwise, please. Unless that’s who you are and you wear it every day. Ladies: wax your upper lip, legs and eyebrows (and other places if you are doing a boudoir shoot). Have this done a few days before so any redness will have subsided. Moisture your body like crazy in the week before the shoot. This includes lips. About one week prior, get your roots done. Maybe a trim. I d

HOW TO MAKE A PHOTO SHOOT WITH CHILDREN A LITTLE EASIER

I’m a mom. My kids are grown but I remember. Parents are busier than ever now. I know you are smart and know these things, but here are some reminders just in case: 1. Feed your child before you come. Bring snacks and drinks. I always have snacks and drinks in my studio, but what if they don’t like what I have? They are in a strange place. Familiar food is comforting. 2. Make sure they are well-rested. Plan the photo session around nap time. You know how long it takes for your child to fully wake up. Most are cranky with strangers when they first wake up so plan that into the equation, too. 3. Bring a favorite stuffed animal for the young ones. They can hold it while I’m photograp

11 STEPS TO SURVIVING AN EXTENDED FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT

I know how hard it is to coordinate a photo shoot with adult family members. People have jobs, kids, commitments, church, just life in general. But let’s just say you are able to schedule a date and time that works for everyone. Now what? Email and/or text the date and time to everyone. Add it to shared calendars. Explain how important it is to you that everyone is there. Decide what the tone of the shoot will be. If your family is crazy and fun-loving, don’t ask them to dress in suits. The images should capture the essence of your family. Depending on the time of year it might be sweaters and jeans, or for more formal families, collared dress shirts for the guys and dresses for the femal

CHOOSING THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR SHOOT

You may or may not know that many locations are now charging a fee to allow photographers to work in or on their property. I understand. Wear and tear and all that. But it does limit our options. Most of us don’t have a budget to rent a location. I am lucky enough to have my own studio in my house, and it has multiple options for backgrounds. I have far more lighting equipment than I will ever need, so of course you will be well lit. I also can control the weather in the studio. I do love outdoor shoots with natural light. I live in a great location: within very short walking distance there is a little forest, a stairwell and underground tunnel that both look urban, a lake, expanses

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