Tips for an Amazing Spring Mini-Session

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect season to spruce up your headshot, document your family or celebrate a milestone in your life. What better way is there to just get those images created than with a spring mini-session? They’re quick, fun and completely fabulous.

I have a mini session set up this weekend and as I’m reminding my amazing clients the Dos and Don’ts to have a great session, I thought I’d share some of those tips to ensure a hassle-free shoot.

  1. The most important thing, which seems easy but can be difficult, is to be on time. Be early, in fact. The truth is, 30 minutes isn’t a whole heck of a lot of time to shoot. Clients are amazed at how fast two hours flies by in a regular session. But 30 minutes is plenty of time if you are 100 percent prepared. That means you need to take into consideration the time it takes to have your makeup done, pack your car, traffic in the city — account for anything that could set you back and make proper arrangements. Mini sessions are typically stacked one right after another, so if you’re late, you generally lose that time. Plus, if you’re rushing around stressed, it sets the mood for the entire day. You won’t be able to relax, have fun and let your true personality shine. So, plan to be early and do it!
  2.  Makeup, ladies. Even if you have the most amazing, perfect skin, it needs makeup for photo shoot day. I tell my clients to go to any MAC counter and they will make you super beat. For real, they’ll hook you up. But if, for some reason, you can’t go to MAC, YouTube has some great tutorials. Google “makeup for portrait sessions” and take some time to test your makeup before the session. Use quality products and put more effort into it than your daily routine because the lighting is dramatically different and you want it to look and feel amazing. If you’re doing your own makeup, get fake lashes, the smaller ones and practice putting them on. It’s easy and you can get a tutorial for that too. Focus on your eyes because the camera will be focused there, too. Take your time and have fun with it.
  3. If you have more than one person in your shoot, Do Not Match (capitalization is for effect here. Seriously, don’t match). It looks uniform, void of personality and makes for uninspirational imagery. Don’t like the way that sounds? Me either! Have fun with your clothes. Try to coordinate without being matchy-matchy. Choose a color palette and stick with different shades in that palette. If you open any fashion magazine, you will see that the male models aren’t perfectly matched, but they do coordinate. Choose a central theme and let each person’s personality shine.

Bonus: Parents, RELAX. Kids will be kids. If you come as prepared as possible, your kids will be well behaved. I truly think if you aren’t rushing around, panicked, it helps everyone’s mood. You probably don’t want images where your children look miserable, so let them be kids and we will find a way to get the perfect portrait. Be yourself and have fun. Likewise, let your kids be themselves and have fun, and we’ll all have a good time and create cool images together!

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