As a photographer, I want my clients to get the most out of their photography experience and part of that experience happens even before our photo session together. So, I’ve put together a list of 5 simple tips you can do before our session to make sure you get the photos you love while enjoying your experience!
Choose your location carefully
Your location can really help set the tone for your photos, depending on what look you are going for. If you are looking for a more rustic look, choose a location with more greenery or trees, like a park. If you want something more modern, you can go somewhere in the city, like downtown. For something more unique, think about a location that has sentimental meaning, for example a place your family enjoys going to together or somewhere you and your significant other first met! You can definitely discuss ideas with your photographer and they will also have locations in mind.
Take time to plan your outfits
Taking the time to plan your outfit in advanced can also help you set the tone for your photos. If you want photos that have a softer feel, choose more neutral colors like white, tan, gray, beige or pastels with fabrics that are more flowy. For a more fun feel with a pop, go with brighter colors like red, yellow or a bright pink. If you want a more dramatic feel, choose colors like burgundy, purple, navy, dark green, dark gray or black (these colors work best in the fall or winter, too.)
Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready
For all the ladies, if you can get your hair and makeup done professionally the day of the shoot, this will make all the difference. This allows you to not have to worry about doing it yourself and for you to be more relaxed for the session. For families, leave plenty of time for bathing, dressing and grooming so you don’t feel rushed before the shoot. If everyone is relaxed before the session, the session will be more relaxed and fun!
Be well rested and fed
Everyone should be as comfortable and happy as possible, so make sure to get a good night’s rest the night before and have a snack if you need to before the session. For families, scheduling family photos after your little one’s naps can ensure they are extra happy and well rested. The best time for ideal lighting outdoors is at least an hour before sunset or two hours after sunrise.
Remember to have fun!
Although we want to make sure to capture those posed photos of everyone, it’s okay to have more candid photos where everyone is not looking. Don’t be afraid to show your personality, be silly and just laugh! Your photographer will be there to direct you but don’t worry too much when they just allow you to be you and have fun, which makes for the best natural photos that capture your most genuine moments.
Vintage vibes make me super happy!
I love anything vintage so when Melissa Tomforhrde, a make up artist who was visiting San Diego contacted me to collaborate and do a vintage inspired lifestyle photoshoot, I was more than thrilled! I wouldn't call myself a professional stylist but I think it's so much fun getting involved in the wardrobe of any session. I think we definitely captured the fun, vintage vibes we were envisioning! The girls and I had way too much fun exploring the streets of Downtown Encinitas.
Special thanks to the amazing ladies of this shoot:
Makeup Artist: Melissa Tomforhrde
Models: Cherrie Millie and Ashley Strickland
Lately I've been able to photograph even more maternity sessions and they are starting to become one my favorite things to photograph! There's just something special about capturing the soon-to-be mothers and their families as they grow even more excited about the arrival of their newest addition.
Amber and I went to high school together, which seems like forever ago but I was so glad she got sent my way by my best friend through social media! Amber wanted to do a session at the beach and we all had a blast just hanging out in La Jolla until the sun set :)
Valentine's Day is coming up and what better way to say 'I love you' to your better half than with boudoir photos! Jordan wanted to do boudoir photos so she could create a photo book for her husband as a Valentine's Day gift.
This was also the first boudoir session I had done but I was more than excited to welcome the chance to work with this beauty. It's amazing to be able to capture a woman when she's feeling the most beautiful in her own skin! We kept things intimate and relaxed with an in home session.
It's a boy! Congratulations to my cousin Viet My on her bun in the oven! We've grown up together and shared a lot of memories, so being able to share in this special moment with her was very exciting!
I was more than happy to capture the excitement during her "Welcome to the World" travel themed baby shower. She had an amazing team of friends, who thought of every detail when it came to putting everything together and it came together so beautifully! I was happy to have a moment with Viet My and be able to capture maternity photos for her in her gorgeous home. Enjoy!
I was so excited when my friend Krystal asked me to do updated portraits of her adorable daughter Harper! The last time I captured photos of Harper, she was only 6 months old and we did the cutest beach photo session of her in a tulle tutu. Fast forward to this session, she is now already 2 years old!
We all had fun exploring the area around Steel Canyon Bridge in Spring Valley. We kept Harper entertained with bubbles, finding leaves and got a good work out chasing after Harper and her ball :)
Hello! I'm Amy, a San Diego based natural light photographer that loves capturing unique moments created by love + life!