I’d like you to take this time to feel free to express yourself however you’d like. Being in front of the camera doesn’t always come easy for everyone. But if you look at this experience as a way to show off exactly who YOU are, showing the world your idea of yourself; you can make it your own and even have a little fun with it. Sure, we’ll have to do the “Mom” shots and usually some needed standard stuff for the school yearbook. But that won’t be the whole shoot. I know you won’t believe me when I tell you that in 20 years you will not be the person you are today. These photos will be a fun reminder of who you were, once you get old like me! Bring props that define what you enjoy in life right now: bring the horse, the horse power, the instruments, the art, the fire arms (empty, please), the bicycle, sports stuff . . . whatever . . . even the dog. Get creative, I’m up for any ideas. Searching Pinterest, the web, and looking at friend’s photos my help you develop an idea of what you’d like to see. Once you have an idea, we can discuss and make a full plan on where, when, and what content you’d like for your photos.
You can choose any location. If you’d like an outdoor setting, which I do recommend, please remember that we ARE in Michigan and the weather has a mind of it’s own. If it is just too hot, too rainy, or too cold, we may need to reschedule. The last thing you want for your portraits is a sweaty face or red, frozen nose. As well, the wind plays a big part in hair issues. We need to choose locations that give us the option to be shielded from the wind and in some cases a little shade is nice too. Barns, fields, beaches and beach grass are very nice backdrops for the country setting. If you like a little more city, there are many great structures in most any town in the area.
As for clothes, you should put some time into thinking about your outfits. There is no need for more than 4 clothing changes. Stick with things that you are comfortable wearing and fit you well. Don’t forget the details. Dress shoes (or Chuck Taylors) with dress pants, nice shoes (or boots) with dresses and skirts. Be mindful of where undergarments show through and out of your clothes choices, AND the length of a skirt if you plan on sitting down. If Grandma would look at you sideways for wearing it, it will not be appropriate for the official school photo. Long sleeves and solid colors do read best for portraits. Neon colors, I have noticed, have come back from their burial in the early 1990’s – – I do strongly suggest choosing colors other than super-brights and neons as they reflect their color onto your skin. If you have any questions or want help on making choices, just ask.
Make sure you provide me with any requirements, deadlines, and information that you may have received from your school. Some schools have very precise specifications for how your photos should look as well as how they are to be turned in to the school.
$250 Sitting Fee Includes:
- Location of choice within 30 miles of Traverse City
- 50 item proof set in a bound softcover magazine
- 10 5×7 (or equivalent) prints
- Online proofing viewable for 45 days
About an hour at your environmental location of choice. Your family, small or large, can order their own prints, cards or book through the online proofing system. Creative treatments, black and white, selective color options are available for all images.