If you’re viewing this page, that means your portrait shoot is coming up soon! By now, you should have received a link to a Planner page which gives you thorough details of how to prepare for your photo shoot and ordering session. However, we realized that some of our clients read/forgot the information, and others never read it at all. To avoid any confusion, we just want to quickly recap the important things from the Planner, and make sure you feel prepared for your shoot!
Time, Location, and Weather
Make sure you are aware of the date, time, and location of both the photo shoot and the ordering session. If your ordering session is not booked yet, please call or email us immediately to set that up.
Photo shoots will be rescheduled due to weather within two hours from the shoot start time. More often than not, a bad weather day is not bad ALL day and we will still be able to do the shoot. If you are flying in from out of town and the weather does not cooperate, you will have the option to reschedule your shoot or do an in-studio shoot. Our shoots and meetings are often scheduled back to back. If you are late for your shoot, it will subtract from your allotted shoot time.
If it is going to be cold, wear something that will be warm enough to walk around outside for an hour or so. The same applies for if it will be very warm outside. You know your bodies better than we do, so find the right clothing and accessories based on the day we are given and you will be much happier with the results for your photos.
If your shoot is in-studio, you can ignore this section.
Clothing for your Body Type
We have found that fitted, structured clothes make everyone look their best in photographs. Many people think that loose or flowy clothing is more flattering, and in person, that may be true. However, in photographs, loose clothing just makes you look larger than you really are. While we can fix some clothing shape issues in Photoshop, it depends on a lot of factors and if it requires a lot of time and attention, it can get to be an expensive fix. The best route is to go for something structured, and if you have any “trouble areas,” to cover those areas with clothing as best you can.
We will send you detailed information and maps on where to meet us, depending on the specific location of your shoot.
Please don’t bring any extra people to the photo shoot. Sometimes parents or friends want to tag along and we understand that desire, but unfortunately the more people there are, the harder our job gets. To make sure you’re both relaxed and focused, we ask that just the couple attend the shoot.
Preparing for the Ordering Session
We hope the video regarding wall pictures and the Product Guide provided in the Shoot Prep email were thorough and helped you feel prepared for the Ordering Session.
We want to reiterate how important it is that everyone involved in the financial decision making be at this Session, and be familiar with the Product and Pricing Guide we have provided in previous emails.
This session is the only opportunity to view and order the photos so be as prepared as possible. We know that sounds daunting but don’t worry! We will sort, view, compare, and lay out photos using our on-screen software, and it makes things very easy and clear. All items must be ordered and purchased at the Ordering Session, so please have payment available. Payment plans are also available if necessary and more information about that can be discussed at your Ordering Session. All items ordered at the Ordering Session are discounted by 20%. If you decide to order any additional items after the Session or you do not pay for the items at the Session, that discount will not apply.
No Children at the Ordering Session
We love kids and are huge fans of running around and having fun, but if you have young children, we strongly suggest finding a babysitter for them while you come to your Ordering Session. The meeting can go from 1.5-2 hours, and kids can get bored and antsy in this time. Because of many problems we’ve had with that in the past, we are requiring that no kids be at the Ordering Session.
See you soon!
Hopefully all of this information is clear and concise, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us. We’re looking forward to capturing some amazing photographs of you and we hope these photos will be the best photos you’ve ever had taken of yourselves!
Prem and Cheridy