Most important: Be on time and be prepared. Headshot & Business Portraits. Prepare. Dress as you would for portraits in advance. If you have pets, use a lint roller on the clothes. Inspect for any stains that will be highlighted in studio lighting. Do not wait until morning of portraits. Once you are positive all clothing is exactly as you want them, hang them all together.
What to wear for a Business Portrait is up to you. Generally, men in suits. Bring an extra jacket and two ties. Acting headshot, casual, be you, wear a color to compliment your eyes. Ladies, bring a jacket, different blouse, or add a scarf or a hat.
Haircuts should be one or two weeks before if possible. Newly cut hair tends to stick out more for men and harder to style.
Avoid sun exposure before your session. Sunburn is very difficult to correct and may result in a reschedule. If you need to be outside, please use a good sunscreen.
The last baths before portraits use a moisturizing body wash, and lotion afterwards. Consider using an exfoliating glove or sponge for a smooth youthful glow.
Ladies, a tad more makeup will help with looking too washed-out, but stay away from heavy powders. Use a flat lip color instead of lip-gloss or anything with glitter. People sweat, so bring your own finishing powder for last minute touch-ups.
Touch-ups. I do minor touch-ups on images I feel are the best, those you will see during the proofing process either on-line or in person. Final touch-ups completed after you’ve selected your images.
Poses will include sitting, standing, bending, some twisting, arm and hand placements. If anyone has any physical or psychological limits, I need to know in advance.
Before I photograph, I will be sure no one has a phone in his or her pockets. Phones, keys make funny looking bumps in your clothing.
After your session, what to expect: An on-line, password protected gallery will be set-up for your proofing convenience. I may set-up a time when we will view the gallery together via phone
Portrait Session Advice to moms breastfeeding their babies, please eat no spicy foods 48 hours before your session as it may give your baby gas, make them fussy, and make tummy poses nearly impossible.
Prepare to not panic.
The key to a successful portrait sitting is simple, first, be on time! Read the photo tips I'll send you. I can not stress these enough. Read the material and be on time. Have a Plan A, a Plan B, and be open to fun, laughing, jumping, and having a great time. Be open to trying something new. Relax.
Relax, let them sleep.
The last baths before portraits use a moisturizing body wash, and lotion afterwards. For adults, same, but use an exfoliating glove or sponge for a smooth youthful glow. Ladies, do not over do the make-up. Stay way from lip-gloss, it reflects the lights. Use a flat lip color instead. People sweat, so bring your own finishing powder for last minute touch-ups. Please, do not practice smiles with your children. Again, no bribes or threats. Let me have fun with your children. Please, do not give your child direction or stand behind the camera -- that will only frustrate them. Trust me, I know when to be silly or serious. Keep your tones friendly and relaxed, and the children will react accordingly. And if need-be, I will send the parents out on an quick errand, like to find the cookies, this plan C.
Kathy Miller Photography 1517 McGarry Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 Open by appointment. 714-473-8491
McGarry Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 714-473-8491
Kathy Miller Photography 17101 Springdale St., #234, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 By appointment only. 714-473-8491