Guide for Planning and Preparing for your Portrait Session

Getting ready for your portrait photography session at Carolennys Studios in Jacksonville, Florida can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it can also be stressful if you don't know how to prepare yourself beforehand. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can ensure that your photo session goes smoothly and that you get the best possible results.

Step 1: Plan Your Outfit

One of the most important things to consider when preparing for your portrait photography session is what you're going to wear. At Carolennys Studios, we recommend choosing an outfit that is both comfortable and flattering. Avoid loud patterns or colors that may distract from your features and instead choose solid colors or simple patterns. Additionally, be sure to choose clothing that complements your skin tone and hair color.

Be sure to bring appropriate undergarments for any dress selection you are planning on doing. If selecting dresses from our client closet, be sure to bring undergarments that match with your selected outfit. Also, backup undergarments are always recommended. If unsure about color, nude & black undergarments are the safest neutral option that can work with most outfits.

Step 2: Get Plenty of Rest

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Step 3: Hydrate and Nourish Your Body

Drinking plenty of water and eating a nutritious meal before your photo session is important. Staying hydrated will help keep your skin looking healthy and glowing, while nourishing your body with healthy foods will give you the energy you need to feel your best.

Step 4: Make up & Finishing Touches

When in the spotlight, finishing touches make all the difference. Even if you are an all natural person, or minimalistic when it comes to make up, when a flash is pointing at your face, a bit of sheen can cause harsh reflections and any imperfections are highlighted. Our recommendation is to use makeup to smooth out skin surfaces, even out skin tone and reduce shine on your face. Even men can benefit from a bit of facial powder, especially if skin is oily. While we always recommend a good makeup artist, self application of foundation or powder, at a minimum, can go a long way. Also be sure to assess all accessories on your body, from jewelry, shoes, watches, to phones in your pockets. Anything that is not essential to the image, should be removed. Additionally, be sure to have nails clean, whether natural or painted.

Step 4: Communicate with Your Photographer

At Carolennys Studios, we believe that communication is key to a successful portrait photography session. If you have any specific requests or concerns, be sure to communicate them to your photographer beforehand. We want to ensure that you're comfortable and happy with the final results. If you have inspiration images, please share them.

Step 5: Trust the Process

Finally, it's important to trust the process and enjoy your portrait photography session. At Carolennys Studios, we specialize in creating a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that will help you feel at ease during your shoot. Trust in our expertise and have fun!

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