How to Prepare for Your Couples Portrait Session |
Las Vegas Couples Photographer
Hi! I am so excited to meet you both! My aim for your photos is a look that is timeless and natural, that focuses on emotions and your relationship. While we will take a few traditional portraits with you both looking at the camera, I mostly want to capture you two in your natural element - interacting and enjoying each other's company. I want to preserve this moment in time for you, so that when you look back at these photos years from now (possibly with your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren!), it'll take you right back to this day, to this stage in your life and how you and your love are now.
Here are some tips to guide you in preparing for your photo session with me!
Time & location
Together, we will pick a location that best suits your style and personality as a couple. Maybe you want somewhere with greenery in the background, or maybe somewhere that features the area's natural desert landscape. Or maybe you want an urban look to your pictures?
We will schedule your session for 1-1.5 hours before sunset. This time of day provides the best light to illuminate skin and hair, and creates that kind of magical, golden atmosphere in photos.
We will start the session on time to maximize this beautiful light. So please take traffic and parking time into consideration.
What to wear
Remember, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful in what you wear. Just look like your best you! Below are just some tips and ideas that work to create that timeless look in photos. Implement only as you see fit!
Colors, patterns & textures
Neutral colors (grey, cream, brown, white) and/or softer, lighter tones and muted/subdued shades (e.g. soft pinks or yellows, muted blues like navy).
Have at least 3 colors in your palette and maybe one pattern that is not too distracting, if you'd like (think floral, polka dots or plaid). You can take the season into consideration when deciding on a palette (e.g. dark jewel tones for Fall, pastel colors for spring). Break up colors visually, so top colors are not all the same and bottom colors are not all the same. It is best also if you are not wearing tops of the same or close shade of the same color.
Textures add interest to photos, so feel free to incorporate them (think lace, wool, satin, silk, croquet and sequins)
Your outfits should fit together and its colours should complement each other, but not match exactly (i.e. don't wear the same top or bottom). I do recommend matching the level of formal between you two. If you would like, you can have one set of casual, dressy clothes, and one set that is more formal to change into. Please note though, you might have to change in your car.
For the ladies
Dresses or skirts are the most flattering, especially long, flowy ones. Check the length of short skirts and cocktail dresses while sitting to see if it is too short. Clothes that flatter your silhouette (e.g. defines your waist). 3/4 length sleeves. A nice jacket, blazer or cardigan for layering, if you would like or if it is cold. Heels, cute sandals and nice boots photograph well.
A LITTLE TIP: Bring flats, flip flops or other comfortable shoes for travel between shoot locations! :)
A note about undergarments: be sure that they don't show their outline either under or around clothing, and it is best if the color blends in with your outfit (e.g. same color, or dark for a dark outfit, light for a light outfit). If your outfit is sleeveless, consider strapless options. Sometimes they can peek out around outfits, and I don't want this to potentially detract from a photo.
For the men
Collared, fitted, button-up shirts with or without a fitted suit/sport jacket or blazer. Vests. Fitted slacks, chinos or pants. Closed-toe dress shoes.
A LITTLE TIP: Avoid keeping your phone in your pocket during the shoot, as it is distracting in photos. Also, try to avoid wearing pants with wallet or phone outlines worn in.
A few well-chosen accessories can really complete an outfit, as well as add interest!
For the men, consider belts, watches, ties, bow ties, pocket squares, tie clips, suspenders, socks in a fun pattern. For the ladies, consider bracelets, rings, earrings, statement necklaces/barettes, floral crowns, pretty headbands or hair bows, ribbons in the hair, favorite rings, a scarf.
What to avoid
I want your photos to be timeless, and I want the main focus of your photos to be your faces, expressions and relationship. Here are some things that can work against those goals and that are best to avoid...
Trendy/fad clothing. Neon/florescent or very bright or bold colours. Words, logos or graphics. Pinstripes. Revealing tops. Skinny shoulder straps or strapless tops/dresses. Baggy or skin-tight clothing. Cargo shorts or pants. Flip flops. Running shoes. Chipped nail polish.
Hair & makeup
Treat yourself and use a professional if you can, but it's definitely not required! Hair that looks like it can move when you move look great and natural. Be aware of flyaways - flexible hold hairspray can help.
Use a light hand with makeup to add a bit of color, and use powder to help prevent shine. Bring makeup for touch-ups. The goal is fresh and natural. False lashes photograph well. Painted nails add the perfect detail.
A fresh haircut for the males looks best.
What to bring
Water, tissues, makeup for touch-ups, comfortable shoes for travel between locations and a blanket with neutral or complementary colors to your outfits for sitting and lying down poses.
PROPS: Optional, but you can bring another item to add some of your personality to your shoot. Ideas include a complementary bouquet of flowers, a light colored teepee tent, balloons, or an antique chair.
If you have a reluctant spouse or partner
Make sure that he or she will be rested and fed.
Show him or her my Instagram or website, so that he or she can see that I aim to capture relaxed, fun pictures.
Tell him or her that this will be a time for you two to just be together and take a break from the go-go-go timeline of most other days.
Let him or her know that the best thing to do is to just have a light-hearted attitude, go with the flow and let ME do the work.
But if he/she likes a challenge, challenge him/her to prepare some jokes to make you laugh!
Also, remind him or her how much these photos will mean to you and how appreciative you are that he or she is willing to be such a good sport for one hour!
Get a good night's sleep!
Moisturize hands and apply lip balm in the days leading up to the session. Dry skin is no joke in the desert(!), so this will help with photos. I recommend Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion.
Bring a blanket that has neutral or complementary colours, if you would like.
Ensure that everyone's shoes look clean, soles included.
Iron out wrinkles in your outfits, as needed, and remove any loose strings.
I can't wait to work with you to create beautiful keepsakes of and for you as a couple! I want this to be an easy-going session for you, so just bring a lighthearted attitude and plan to have fun! 🙂 Please feel free to contact me with any questions related to your session. Take care and see you soon!