I’ll start out by saying that plenty of rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot. As well I know, it may be tough to fully address all the items on this list before your session, especially if you are also preparing a large group; but accomplishing even some of these will greatly impact the resulting images.
1. All you intend to wear should be laid out, clean and ironed the night before. Wrinkle-free clothing will help make your image much more professional.
2. Eat! Be sure to eat something before you leave for your session so you’re not hungry during the shoot. I can’t stress this enough. You will look better, be more focused, and have the energy throughout the shoot. This is especially important for children. A great idea would be to bring crackers, nutrition bar, etc; but stay away from chocolate or colored items/drinks, etc. You wouldn’t want to color the lips, tongue, and teeth.
3. Make-up: You want to achieve a natural even skin tone, and be sure to cover blemishes.
4. Fingers and toes should be clean and groomed. Nails should be a natural color (nude,french,light-pink, etc) for model/actor headshots and portfolios; and any color for family portraits, etc. Although, for all, you want to be careful your nail color doesn’t detract from you and your face as the primary subject. The focus of a viewer naturally gravitates first to laud vibrant colors, then secondly to the rest of the photo.
5. For men, all facial hair should be groomed. If you wish to have a few ‘rough’ shots and then shave to include a few shots with a smoother look, please bring your shaving kit and mention this to the photographer before the shoot.
6. Facials and haircuts should be done a week or so before the shoot date.
7. For all, be sure eyebrows are groomed, teeth are clean, and lips are not dry. If necessary, please bring a lip balm/moisturizer with you. Moist lips always look better.
8. Come hair-ready and bring a brush, comb, etc for touching up during the shoot. Hair and Make-up professionals are recommended for best results and are available for an additional cost.
9. Wardrobe: A good rule-of-thumb is to try and wear clothing that doesn’t detract from your face: Your clothes should be free of logos. You would also want to stay away from large busy prints and loud vibrant colors, . Similar to nails, loud colors usually command the viewer’s attention, etc. You should discuss wardrobe with your photographer before the shoot.
10. I will put this tip on it’s own bullet point as it is so important. Be sure all clothes are lint and hair free. I cannot stress this enough.
If you see ideas in magazines, etc. that really attract your attention, feel free to bring those clipping or phone pics to your session. How you feel about photography, what moves you and what you gravitate to provides much insight into who you are and your expectations. Never hesitate to share your ideas with the photographer.
Here’s the timeline which can help you manage a chaotic wedding day. Just print and add your time.
Hair and Makeup/Getting ready
Bride and bridesmaids arrive
Vendors arrive for setup
Groom and groomsmen arrive
Wedding party goes to take photos
Guests begin to take their seats at the reception
Guests head from Ceremony area to reception area and find their seats.
Emcee introduces bride and groom
The first dance.
Dinner buffet is ready and guests should be serving themselves food.
Out onto the dance floor.
A dance set begins with more upbeat songs to entice most guests out of their seats.
A couple of slow songs play.
Back to more upbeat songs.
The cake cutting.
Guests are asked to grab some cake.
The bouquet toss
The last dance, followed by your grand exit.
Reception concludes; guests depart; begin breakdown
Break down complete.
In the digital age, where anyone with an iPhone and a Facebook page can market himself or herself as a photographer, it’s difficult to trust someone to capture your memories. After all, those precious moments disappear in a flash.
Before you hire, professionals recommend you develop a good working relationship with a photographer by learning as much as possible about their experience, equipment and company policies. Read on for more advice about what to focus on when choosing a professional photographer.
Reading online reviews is a great starting point, but also suggests you check with recent references. “Clients are paying to have a moment captured in time that will never happen again”. “To decide just by looking at a portfolio and reviews is a lot to expect if you’ve never met.”
Examine backup equipment
“Backup equipment can tell you who is an amateur or professional photographer,“There’s always a situation where the camera or flash might stop working.”
Read the contract
Professionals advise that consumers carefully read the entire contract when hiring a photographer. Make sure there is a plan or backup photographer who will photograph an event in case of emergency.