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Tips to Prepare for Your Portrait Session by a Professional Portrait Photographer

Headshot of a real estate broker for her website     When you need a  professional “headshot” or portrait for you newest book cover, new job or website or even for your loved one’s desk, it is so important to have a phone conversation before your session. Why? A professional portrait photographer will help set you at ease about the session, and and help you feel and look relaxed since that photo will set the  impression you want to make on the world…and its got to be a good one.

     Talking on the phone or even in person begins the relationship with your photographer and it does make a difference. It’s important to prepare the photographer by having a thorough conversation with her/him about why you want the photo, how it will be used, and what audience it will target.You don’t want it to be a blind date when you go to the portrait studio. You want familiarity so you can relax and be yourself without being self-conscious.

    A professional photographer will discuss hair and make up tips as well and what kinds of clothing to bring to make you look the best. The professional portrait photographer will suggest women getting your hair cut about a week before the session for best results and a blow dry that morning before the session to give it life and buoyancy. Going to a makeup artist that morning would also lend itself to a fresh soft facial look. For men, it is suggested to have a haircut a day before the portrait session and shave the morning of to remove any stubble.

Final products should be “Pictures With Personality!” That can happen when you follow these tips! For additional portrait tips, more information and helpful advice about preparing for your portrait session, browse our Preparing For Your Portrait Session page.

Thanks and I look forward to our phone conversation about YOUR portrait!

 

Kind Words

Kind Words

I’m a photographer, and when it came to getting updated professional headshots, there’s no one I wanted to capture my personality in pictures other than Joan. I was familiar with her work as she previously took portraits for my organization. She is professional, thorough, and gets great results. I am so happy with my portraits, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for terrific photos at a very reasonable value! Thanks Joanie!

Mark Kotzin