Here are 3 things I do before I get in front of the camera
3 Ways To Get The MOST Out Of Your Portrait Sessions
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I get nervous in front of the camera. And I know I’m not alone. So I want to tell you 3 ways to get the most out of your portrait sessions.

Most of my clients tell me that they are worried about being in front of the camera. I get a lot of the same questions: What do I wear? How do I coordinate my family’s outfits? How do I prepare my kids? I gathered my answers and put them in a single style-guide, so my clients can get the most out of their portrait sessions. Here are three things I talk about in the guide:

3 Ways To Get The MOST Out Of Your Portrait Sessions

1. Hairdo and makeup too:

I like to hire a professional to come to my house to do my hair and make-up a few hours before I have to leave for my session. It’s an extra expense, but—wow—does it make a difference. I am OK at applying make-up and doing my own hair, but I’m not great at it. Most days, I don’t even put any make-up on. Hiring a professional hair and make-up artist gives me a HUGE confidence boost before I step in front of a camera.

2. Coordinate without being matchy-matchy:

When doing family portraits, I like to choose a base color then incorporate accent colors. This way my family are dressed like individuals, but their clothes are not competing for attention. I like to incorporate layers, textures, and accessories.

3. Fake it til you make it:

I am not confident in front of the camera, so I just pretend that I am. I laugh (even if I have to fake it), because I know that it creates a more genuine looking smile… and then my son laughs along with me! Trust me; it works.

I usually offer my Style Guide only to my clients, but today I am just giving it away for free. I hope this helps you get the most out of your next portrait session.

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