Preparing For Your Photo Shoot

We know you’re going to have a great time with us, so here are a few tips to help you look your best on film!


Relax and have fun! This is definitely NOT a situation where you have to “pose” unnaturally or try to be someone you’re not. We want to see the “real” you shining through, so we’ll help you choose background ideas and the most flattering angles and positions.

Clothes & Shoes

Your style is yours alone, so we encourage you to choose clothing and accessories that best reflect your taste and personality. You’ll show up best on film if you’re wearing clothes that are comfortable…in colors and shapes that are good for your skin tone and body type…and wearing things that you LOVE!

We all have areas that we’re self-conscious about, so take that into consideration when choosing your clothes. For example, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops if you feel like your arms aren’t your best feature.

Solid colors photograph much better than stripes, plaids, and other patterns. But again, if it’s something you LOVE, bring it!

We give you unlimited wardrobe changes, so bring A LOT of options…from dressy to casual. The more outfits we have to choose from, the easier it is for us to coordinate your clothing with backgrounds and surroundings.

Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure everything is clean, wrinkle-free, and ready to go. Plan on changing quickly so we have time to take as many photos as possible. And don’t forget to bring shoes that work well with your outfits!


Like your clothes, your hair reflects your unique personality. Most people choose to wear their hair the way they normally do. If you’d like to change your hair style during the session, make sure the change will be simple and quick so you have as much camera time as possible. Bring along whatever you think you might need for touch-ups as well: hair spray, clips, pins, a brush and mirror, etc.

It’s usually NOT a good idea to dramatically change your hair style or color right before your photo session. New styles and colors take time to get used to!


Great makeup balances your skin tone and helps give you a more flawless, finished look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, just a little eyeliner and lip gloss will really help you stand out on film.

Makeup should only be slightly heavier than you normally wear it. Mascara should be smooth and clump-free. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. You can also use translucent powder to eliminate shine without adding additional color.

And we DO retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor acne breakouts! Even if your acne is more severe, we’ve got you covered!


Keep it as simple as possible. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the most important subject…YOU! If you have different jewelry for different outfits, put each set in a plastic bag on the hanger of the appropriate outfit.


Props are a great way to express yourself! Some popular choices include sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.), sports uniforms, musical instruments, activity items (dance, art, school clubs, books, etc.)


Most lenses have a glare. Ask your eye doctor if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses. If that’s not possible, bring your glasses and we'll find a way. Colored frames are great if you have them — especially ones that match your outfits or reflect your unique personality!


Tan lines are very distracting on film, and sunburn doesn’t flatter anyone’s skin type. If you’re planning to tan before your session, try to do it at least a week before your shoot. Wear sunblock and do what you can to eliminate tan lines.

Also remember that a slight glow will serve you much better than the orange or leathery tones of a deep tan, so try not to overdo it.

Parents & Friends

Parents or friends are welcome to come along and can often help you feel more relaxed and supported. However, if they distract you, it’s probably best to meet them after the session is over.

We’ll also be happy to take a couple of shots with a boy/girlfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.


Don’t worry about clouds! Sometimes they’re helpful and can make for ideal shooting conditions. But falling rain will obviously affect outdoor shoots, so we’d have to reschedule. We’ll try to contact you first if the weather is unstable, but please call us at 412-760-5068 if you have any doubts or concerns.


Your braces are a part of who you are right now, so smile and don’t worry about them! A genuine, natural smile with braces is far better than trying to awkwardly smile and hide them. If you really don’t want them in the photo, we can always remove them later for an additional charge.


The colors of your undergarments should coordinate well with your outfits so they don’t show through your clothing. Always try on your outfits and undergarments ahead of time, and check them in full daylight outdoors.

Also, if your clothes require a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps won’t always work and can cause unpleasant lines, wrinkles, and bulges.


If you plan to paint your nails for your session, make sure they’re done well. Chipped nail polish will show and create a distraction. It’s also best to avoid bright colors. Neutral tones show up best on film and work well with any outfit.

Please remember that these are only meant to be helpful guidelines. There are no “rules”, so be sure to do what feels right for you! If you have any questions, please call, text, or email me.

~ Dan

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