PHOTO SHOOT PREPARATION

Congratulations! You're halfway to your Portrait Couture photoshoot. Your date is reserved and your champagne is on ice, but there are few essentials we still need to discuss in more detail - for instance, fabulous dresses (hello darling!).

I know that wardrobe selection can be overwhelming, so I've created guides to help as you prepare.  Below are links to two custom PDFs.  First, my Couture Prep guide will give you tips on everything from skincare to selecting undergarments. Then my Style Guide will help as you plan wardrobe by breaking down what you should plan to bring in terms of silhouettes, necklines, textures, materials and colors. I want this to be fun for you! How often do you get to dress up for a dream photoshoot? ENJOY THIS TIME! Seriously, feel like a princess. Spin around a few dressing rooms. Find dresses that make you feel beautiful and relish that giddy, wonderful feeling.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help you create legacy portraits, and they should be everything you want them to be! Invest in this step, I promise you it will make a difference. Happy Shopping!

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1. COUTURE PREP

At your portrait session I want you to look and feel stunningly beautiful! Here I've laid out a few things to consider as you prepare for your close-up. 

Click Here - COUTURE PREP GUIDE

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2. WHAT TO WEAR

With so many options it can be hard to know what will be most flattering to both you and the camera, so I've broken it down for you by colors, textures, necklines and silhouettes. It's never been easier to look flawless!

Click Here - WARDROBE STYLE GUIDE


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

WHERE TO SHOP - As I state in the Style Guide, I highly recommend shopping fashion houses such as Rent the Runway, Nordstroms, and eDressIt. Quality does matter! If you're looking for slightly younger or less expensive styles I suggest Lulu'sTobi, Free People, and even Forever 21 (they have some lovely dresses for Seniors).  For curvier options, consider Rent the Runway for up to size 22 gowns and chic pieces and Gwynnie Bee for every day, ready-to-wear lines up to size 32. Whether you purchase in store or online be sure the fit is correct! Sometimes ordering two sizes (esp if they have a free return shipping policy, thank you Nordstroms) is helpful if you're not sure which fit will flatter you the most.  If you're not sure you're going to want to keep the garment, leave the tags on and we can make decisions during the shoot. Options are a good thing and anything with tags left on can be returned afterwards.

UNDERTHINGS - As you check your wardrobe essentials, make sure your bras and underwear are nude colored (the closer to your skin color, the better!). And remember to bring a robe! During hair and makeup you will want to be comfortable (all the better to relax and enjoy that champagne), and a robe will ensure that your beautiful outfits don't get smudged with product during the application process. Now let's talk Spanx. Regardless of size, I highly recommend bringing a pair with you! They help to smooth bulges that can occur as you sit, bend, move, etc and will help you to feel more confident and stunning in each of your outfits.  
And if you are considering an implied nude shoot, check out this little beautyI promise you, when you are in the middle of working your hands and legs and rocking that gaze, you will want everything that could be taken care of...taken care of. 

POSING - Keep in mind as you shop for dresses that you want them to flatter your body, but you also need to be able to move freely in them (bend, stretch, roll your shoulders forward, rock that hip!), so as you're trying things on, just be sure you can sit and move through a few basic poses.


FLOWY SKIRTS - I have a mild love affair with flowy dresses. They add drama and movement to pictures and can range from light and princess-y to dark and dramatic. Even if you're not a girly girl, consider bringing one with you. You may be surprise how much you love the result! (Do notice that the flowy skirt is balanced by a form fitting bodice. Don't go so flowy that I can't see your beautiful shape!)

EDRESSIT.COM - These gowns is available from eDressIt.com. I've personally seen each and they are all STUNNING. Here on their Best Sellers list you'll find a stunning variety of fabulous rainbow colored gowns.  

EDRESSIT.COM - These gowns is available from eDressIt.com. I've personally seen each and they are all STUNNING.
Here on their Best Sellers list you'll find a stunning variety of fabulous rainbow colored gowns.  

FORM FITTING - So how should your clothes fit? Of course the size should be right, but let's also talk about silhouettes. Loose garments can be lovely in person, but they rarely translate well on camera.  Oversized clothing will hide beautiful curves and obscure the shapes we'll create with posing. It's important I be able to see your form so that I can position you in flattering and natural ways. 


TEXTURE & MOVEMENT - Each of these gowns has something special about them! Notice the the beading on the bodices, the lace overlays, and the fabulous flowing skirts- all that texture and movement makes for very interesting shots! Think about a a beaded gown in contrast to a plain cotton shirt. Both can look beautiful, but emote very different feelings (and would be shown off in very different poses). See what I'm saying? Great! Now bring both, we're going to shoot a beautiful variety. Ands you're picturing your dream shoot, keep in mind that different dress materials will move and shape your body differently. Do you like the effect of windy, almost underwater images? The dresses used in those types of shots are made from chiffon, very light fabric that picks up the wind easily.  Do you prefer lots of ethereal volume? Think tulle! Or would you rather glittery like a goddess? Beadwork baby. How do you want to be photographed? 

TEXTURE & MOVEMENT - Each of these gowns has something special about them! Notice the the beading on the bodices, the lace overlays, and the fabulous flowing skirts- all that texture and movement makes for very interesting shots!
Think about a a beaded gown in contrast to a plain cotton shirt. Both can look beautiful, but emote very different feelings (and would be shown off in very different poses). See what I'm saying? Great! Now bring both, we're going to shoot a beautiful variety.

Ands you're picturing your dream shoot, keep in mind that different dress materials will move and shape your body differently. Do you like the effect of windy, almost underwater images? The dresses used in those types of shots are made from chiffon, very light fabric that picks up the wind easily.  Do you prefer lots of ethereal volume? Think tulle! Or would you rather glittery like a goddess? Beadwork baby. How do you want to be photographed? 

FANTASY DRESSES - For all your princesses in disguise, here are a few ethereal, dream-like gowns to consider (or to use as inspiration for your own fantasy gown search).  I swoon every time I look at them... Magical!

TOP: RED / BLUE / YELLOW
BOTTOM: PRINCESS / BLACK / ROSE