How To Prepare for Your First Portrait Photoshoot

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The images will represent you for months even years, it’s okay to be nervous. 

But, don’t worry I have put together this guide to help you navigate your first session.

First, it is important that you find a compatible photographer, as each is different and provides different experiences and styles. 

You will want to check their years of experience, their portfolio for predictable consistency, their speciality, and their reviews. 

What has worth is worth investing in and a photographers value is generally equitable to the worth they provide. 

A photoshoot can involve just the photographer or they can assist with providing various specialists. 

Two of the most commonly known specialists are Stylists and Makeup Artists.

You may have heard of a Stylist, these are people who can curate outfits tailored to you and your session. 

An MUA otherwise known as a Makeup Artists is someone who can assist with both male and female cosmetics and makeup, as with a photographer their expertise is equitable to their worth and you may want to invest in professionals.

Less commonly discussed but equally important are Location Scouts who will source locations for your session, the local park may be beautiful and convenient but it will be a go-to location for others and if you want something truly special, it pays invest in someone with local knowledge. 

An assistant may be required to second-shoot ensuring the shot-list is complete and to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

You may have also heard of a rigger, depending upon the scale of the project a rigger may be required if there are technically challenging sets which is unlikely to be relevant to a first session. 

When it comes to clothing a fundamental design choice is to wear notes of complimentary tones to the primary colours of the location. 

Your photographer will provide this to you. 

These helps you to stand out from the background without creating an offensive tonal difference, as you may have seen with bright yellows next to bright purples.

Clothing design is a lot deeper than this and involves various elements of psychology and mechanics. 

For instance, wearing clothing of sharp angles incites a feeling a danger, suspense and intrigue whereas more curved, flowing outfits invoke feeling of calm, reflexive ease but can be easily lost in a scene of other attractive elements.

Always bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes and hand warmers. 

In addition to this colour theory plays a vital role in the message you convey to the viewer. 

I touch a little on this in the studio booking page where the most common background choices are white and black because they compliment most outfit and can be easily corrected to fit the colour code of wherever they are being used.

But if you want to send a subliminal message selecting an appropriate colour can be a decisive choice in your attire. 

You may want to wear, for example, strong blues if you are an authority or deep reds to attract attention. 

 When it comes to posing it’s hard not too feel a little uncomfortable with a camera pointed at you, especially for your first time. 

I recommend my Clients meditate, not just because it is good practice but by the way in which it teaches you to mind your thoughts. Like bubbles rising to the surface of the water you can pay them mind, filling them with air, or simply let them pop and settle back into the calming surface of the water. To pose so as not to pose takes practice. A few tricks that I recommend is to form triangles – with your body or in tandem with the environment and to envision the emotion you wish to convey. 

It takes practice and I have been trained to assist you on the day and make what may feel like work become nothing more than play. But, again, choose a photographer that is the right fit you. 

If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation get in touch. 

How To Pose: 

Enjoy the playlist made for you to help ease you into your first session.