Please note that the work of Peter + Jordan Photography has a copyright, why would you want to copy it, rather come in for a shoot, and if you a photographer it is just wrong to copy someone elses images? ;)

5 Ways to prepare for your portrait photography session

Everyone needs a few good images of themselves, be it the entire family or just you taking a picture for your mother.  Choosing your photographer for this session is an important factor, but preparing for the shoot is just as important.

Here are a 5 quick tips:

  1. PortraitGrooming

It is always a good idea to ensure you hair is looking fabulous, if you are a guy ensure your hair is neat and trimmed.  For you ladies, I would recommend a to die for style, unless it is a professional headshot for your place of work.  If you are going to get it coloured do that at least a weak before the shoot.

Make sure your nails are trimmed, neat and tidy, you now have the perfect excuse for a manicure, guys that includes you.  For ladies a French tip never dates.

I would also recommend a good exfoliator, start a week before your shoot and ensure you are moisturized.

  1. Image ideas

You probably like social media, if you don’t tell us your secret, so hit Pinterest or similar, type in Portrait photos, portrait photography, family photos/photography, whatever the genre is.  Put a mood board together and bring it with you, we normally know what we are doing but you may just get a few ideas.  If there is something unique and different tell us about it and we will endevour to re-create your concept, just allow enough time for any concept shoots.

Here are a few ideas, things we have been asked to do:

  • A really funky outfit with awesome makeup and a to die for hairstyle with twigs and other objects inserted.
  • Dressed up in Steampunk
  • An elaborate fashion styled shoot with an ultra-hip outfit.

You should start to get the idea; you probably have loads, we are always happy to discuss them with you.

  1. What to wear

If it is a professional headshot, wear what you would normally wear to work, just ensure your garments are clean and ironed.  For family shoots, go to our About section, we have several ideas on that page.

  1. Carla-bChoose your photographer carefully

You need to choose a photographer that you gel with, look at their portfolio as that is the type of image that you are going to be receiving from them.  Ensure you like the products that they offer.

  1. Location of the shoot

Whilst the majority of our clients come to our photographic studio, there are many that love the outdoors or have a favourite location.  Ask us about these options as we would be happy to schedule a shoot on location.  Yes, there is an additional travel cost, but imagine the awesome art we can create together, so it is important to scout your location.  If you choose our studio ask us about the various options you have here, would you like to be shot on a mottled brown backdrop, against black or white, look at our galleries to get a few ideas.

Have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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