We Know How to Make Your Portraits GREAT !!
We’re as excited about your session as you are! We truly appreciate you choosing EJ Photography to provide you with beautiful portraits...we won’t let you down. There are obviously exceptions to every ‘rule’ and that is why we highly recommend you schedule a complimentary portrait consultation before your appointment to ensure we are all on the same page. Here’s everything you need to know to have a fantastic session
Colors and Clothing…
- Solid colors usually work best. Stripes and strong patterns are often distracting. Work with solid, complimentary tones.
- We love earth tones! Besides light, bright colors on adults tend to add a few years—and we know no woman wants that!
- Darker shades are more slimming and bright colors can overwhelm your face.
- Make sure your entire outfit looks great from head to toe; some of your images may be full-length so make sure clothes are ironed and shoes are clean.
- Short shorts and skirts don’t photograph as well as they look in person-avoid sleeveless/tank tops and spaghetti straps - the camera can add weight...who wants that??
- Be consistent with everyone involved. This will require advanced planning! When subjects wear a mixture of light and dark tones, the light toned outfit comes forward and the dark one recedes.
Grooming and Hygiene…
- To cut or not to cut… There is no such thing as a ‘trim’ right before a session, schedule haircuts about two weeks prior. Same goes for color and highlights!
- If you shave… shave! That goes for faces and legs! We can’t retouch stubble.
- Keep the make-up and jewelry natural. If you wear make-up, don’t do anything unusual for your portraits. Make-up and jewelry should be kept as you normally wear it.
- Hands are often in the photographs, make sure your hands are clean (no writing on them!). Ladies, make sure your nails are ready. C’mon… who couldn’t use an excuse for a manicure? No need to thank us :)
Eyeglasses cause glare and retouching charges. Talk to us if someone in your family wears glasses. If someone insists on keeping their glasses on for their portrait, we suggest that you remove the lenses for the session or even borrow an empty pair from your eye doctor.
Lighting plays a paramount role in our outdoors portraiture. If you have scheduled a location or outdoors session, we insist that you be flexible. Sometimes it’s not raining but it’s just too overcast to provide us with the quality of light we want for your session. Our goal is to provide you with the best portraits possible; this may necessitate rescheduling if weather conditions are not perfect.
Please arrive for your session ten minutes early. The balance of your Package is due when you arrive for your appointment.
We have reserved your session time especially for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly provide us at least 48 hours notice so we can notify the next person on our waiting list. Example of a good reason to reschedule: your child is sick/contagious. A good rule of thumb: if your child has stayed home from school, you should reschedule their session. If they don’t feel good, chances are they won’t look good. We often encounter scheduling conflicts with kids’ sports activities. We understand that sometimes practices are changed without a lot of notice. Please communicate with your child so you can give us as much notice as possible if you need to change your appointment.