Signature Studio

Your Engagement or Portrait Session

March 23rd, 2012
Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for your session: 

There are several things that can make or break your engagement photo shoot. These include:
- Hair
– Makeup
– Clothing
Lets tackle these factors one by one.

Hair:  Don’t do a formal “up-do.” Wear it down, wear it big, wear it sexy. Let your stylist know the styling is for a photo shoot, and be sure they style your hair in a way it is back from your face so that we can see your face in the pictures.  If you choose to go to a salon, it will cost a little to get your hair styled, but it will pay off huge in your photos!

Makeup: This is the deal breaker for great photos. A lot of you don’t normally wear makeup and that’s cool, but not for photos. We require makeup for any photo shoot we do. Without makeup, you will look lifeless and dull. If flash is used, it will wash you out and create shine. Shiny faces in pictures is a makeup problem, not a photography problem! Have your makeup applied professionally. Also, don’t forget about the MAC makeup counter in the Galleria or Dillard’s. They offer free makeup application with an appointment. It doesn’t get any better than that. MAC makeup is used in professional fashion photo shoots all over the world. Just let them know that the makeup application is for a “modern, creative, photo shoot” and their makeup artists will know what to do. Bring lipgloss and makeup to touch up with. You should walk away from the makeup artist feeling like you have WAY too much makeup on. This is required for a photo shoot. If you leave there feeling comfortable in your makeup, you are not wearing enough. Trust your makeup artist and your photographer. They do this for a living!

Clothing (What Not To Wear!):
This is the big one. Even with the best hair style and makeup possible, clothing will really make or break your pictures. You don’t won’t to dress like your going to Church. Our engagement photos are fun, fast, and you will be moving around a lot. You won’t be sitting still much! You need to dress comfortably enough to be able to move around. Leave the formal clothes at home. Our engagement pictures are not formal or traditional by any means! Avoid bold stripes or clothing with writing on it. We want the emphasis of the pictures to be your faces, not your fashion. However, stylish and non-distracting clothes lead to wonderful engagement photos. This is a great opportunity to go and buy a new outfit! Take it!

Here’s the list of what to wear and what not to wear:

Dark, solid shirts and tops
Your favorite blue jeans
Small amount of accessories
Cute/sexy shoes!

Avoid white clothing (it washs everyone out)
No Turtlenecks (they take away the appearance of a neck in pictures)
No Sleeveless shirts (they can make arms look bigger in pictures than in real life)
Anything too formal looking (think “modern and contemporary

Dark colors, button down shirts (nothing brighter than your skin tone)
Your favorite jeans

No white clothing (it washes you out)
No watches (they distract in pictures)
Nothing in pockets (car keys, cell phone, etc. – you can leave these with photographer)
No suits, Ties, anything too formal (you’re not having studio portraits made at Sears)
No shorts (man legs look funny in pictures)
No sneakers and white socks (dress stylin!)

Location, Location, Location:
A cool location adds to the interest of the photos. Most of our shots will be close-up, so the background is not that big of a deal. We shoot engagement photos outdoors, because it gives us many more choices than a studio backdrop does.

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