Be pre­pared! Here are some tips to make sure we have TONS of fun and you look incred­i­ble. As always, you can con­tact us directly if you have any spe­cific ques­tions.

An addi­tional note for guys, we’re sure you’ll fig­ure out which sec­tions aren’t for you. In gen­eral, dress smart and get a hair­cut a week before your ses­sion. Fit is the most impor­tant part of cloth­ing for guys. If you want to go all out, check out http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice and go through their FAQs and guides. It’s a pretty awe­some place.

Fashion Tips

Headgames.
Have loads of fun! We’re going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time. Don’t worry if you’ve never been in front of a cam­era before. We’ll take care of all the hard work. 😉

Arrival.
Arrive early or on time. More impor­tant than mak­ing sure we get enough camera-time is the feel­ing of not being rushed.

If you’re com­ing from out of town, give your­self plenty of time to find your way around.

The Look.
You’re unique and beau­ti­ful. That’s not even a joke, you really are! Our guide­lines are just guide­lines. Be your­self in how you dress. Some rules are meant to be bro­ken.

Be fash­ion­able if that’s your thing. Wear cloth­ing that’s styl­ish and put a lot of thought into your choices.

If you’re a “sim­ple” sorta per­son, dress in your best look­ing “sim­ple” stuff. We encour­age you to break out of your com­fort zone for at least one out­fit.

Cloth­ing.
We don’t actu­ally have hard-limits on the num­ber of out­fits you can have. The num­bers we give in our pack­ages are prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions based on the time you have. Bring at least one more than we sug­gest. The more out­fits we have to choose from, the bet­ter. This will give us flex­i­bil­ity in match­ing your cloth­ing to back­grounds and the sur­round­ings.

Group your out­fits together on hang­ers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go.

Plan on chang­ing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to pho­to­graph and the more photo choices you’ll have later.

Make sure you’re com­fort­able in your cloth­ing and that it flat­ters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when view­ing your pho­tos. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeve­less or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller.

Avoid small stripes and plaid. Solid col­ors pho­to­graph much bet­ter than busy pat­terns.

Bring a vari­ety of col­ors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual.

If you’re com­fort­able in dresses, bring them! They pho­to­graph really well and offer a nice vari­ety from your other casual cloth­ing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks.

Shoes.
Chucks are fine for some shots, but bring some heels! Whether pumps or boots, dressy or casual, plain or sassy, heels really make you stand out and look glam­orous.

Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right out­fit.

Hair.
Although we try to help with hair, it is hard to know what your hair “is sup­posed to look like.” Make sure you like the look or let the pho­tog­ra­pher know your pref­er­ences. Bet­ter yet, bring your best friend with you for the ses­sion and he or she can help. Hair style is ulti­mately YOUR respon­si­bil­ity. Any hair changes dur­ing the ses­sion should be quick and sim­ple so you have as much cam­era time as pos­si­ble.

Bring hair spray, clips, pins, and what­ever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mir­ror for quick hair touch-ups.

Do not make dras­tic changes to your hair­style right before your photo ses­sion. This could add unneeded drama to your life.

Makeup.
Makeup that is well done is one of the best prepa­ra­tions you can make for your ses­sion. It will even out skin tones and help give your pho­tos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t nor­mally wear makeup or wear very lit­tle, take the time to do it well and your pho­tos will look their best.

Makeup should only be slightly heav­ier than nor­mal. Don’t go cray.

Think nat­ural. Think nat­ural. Think nat­ural. Makeup should be flaunt­ing your given fea­tures.

Mas­cara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to cre­ate a shine. Sum­mer shine can be con­trolled by using translu­cent pow­der that knocks out shine with­out adding addi­tional color.

Jew­elry.
Keep it sim­ple. Big, shiny jew­elry can dis­tract from the impor­tant sub­ject, you. If you have dif­fer­ent jew­elry for dif­fer­ent out­fits, you might put each set of jew­elry in a plas­tic bag­gie and hang it on the hanger with that out­fit.

All that being said, the proper jew­elry can really com­ple­ment your out­fit. It’s nice to have a vari­ety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numer­ous options with you.

Props.
We, per­son­ally, like a good prop. But don’t bring a prop for the sake of it. Most of our ses­sions don’t have any, so don’t feel you have to force some­thing that shouldn’t be there.

But yes, the fol­low­ing are things to think about:

Sports equip­ment (soc­cer ball, bas­ket­ball, soft­ball bat, etc.)
Sports uni­forms
Musi­cal instru­ments
Activ­ity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)

With cer­tain props, you may want to con­sider if it fits the locale. Sports equip­ment doesn’t work every­where. They can look really forced in a gar­den, for exam­ple. Instru­ments work just about any­where.

Glasses.
Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doc­tor and ask if they’ll loan you a sim­i­lar pair with­out lenses. But don’t sweat it. If you are a glasses per­son, wear your glasses. We’ll work the angles to reduce flare.

Tan­ning.
Tan lines are a dis­trac­tion and take away from your pho­tos. We sug­gest you use a tan­ning bed and var­ied swim­suit tops to min­i­mize any exist­ing tan lines. If you choose to tan out­side or in a tan­ning bed, don’t overdo it. We don’t want you look­ing orange and leath­ery.

Pale is no less attrac­tive than tan. Promise.

Com­plex­ion.
Makeup helps a lot here, but we do retouch your pho­tos, so please don’t be con­cerned about minor break­outs. We have you cov­ered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and under­stand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouch­ing.

One thing that may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive is to not touch pim­ples. If you wake up the morn­ing of your ses­sion with a big ol’ pim­ple, DON’T TOUCH IT. If you pick at it, or do any­thing to make it go away fast, you will merely irri­tate the entire area around it and make it more dif­fi­cult to remove.

Friends & Par­ents.
Friends or par­ents are wel­come and often can be a help. How­ever, if they dis­tract you, it may be best to meet them when the ses­sion is over. You’re wel­come to have a cou­ple of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sib­ling, or par­ent at no extra charge. Just remem­ber that these pho­tos are about YOU, so YOU are the focus. Every­thing else is just a “prop.” 😉

An addi­tional note on par­ents; they are always wel­come but we find the most fun and nat­ural results are when they aren’t present. Unless you have one of those mother-daughter-best-friend rela­tion­ships from the movies, you will never com­pletely be your­self with your par­ents around. If you are uncom­fort­able com­ing alone, we def­i­nitely sug­gest a good friend. Typ­i­cally we have an assis­tant on our end so even if you bring no one, it’ll be a party.

Weather.
Don’t worry about clouds because they actu­ally even out the light and make for ideal shoot­ing con­di­tions. But falling rain is an issue and we will have to resched­ule. We will try to con­tact you first, but please call us at 317.344.9434 or email us at [email protected] if you have any doubts or con­cerns.

Braces.
Don’t worry about them! Give a nat­ural smile and enjoy your­self. A good smile with braces is far bet­ter than the awk­ward smile that comes when you try to hide them. For an addi­tional charge we can edit them out, but we’d much pre­fer not to. Not because of the extra work, but because that’s who you are! Your senior pic­tures rep­re­sent you as a senior. Em-brace them. Haha. Yeah, we went there.

Under­gar­ments.
Please make sure the col­ors of your under­gar­ment coör­di­nate well with your out­fits and don’t show through your cloth­ing. If you need a strap­less, please bring one to your ses­sion. Tuck­ing or mov­ing straps will not always work or give the most pleas­ing look. Check ahead of time to ensure that under­gar­ments don’t leave unpleas­ing lines under­neath your cloth­ing.

Fin­ger & Toe Nails.
If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your ses­sion. Chipped nail paint will show and dis­tract from you. Avoid bright col­ors that will dis­tract from you and may not work with all your out­fits. Instead, opt for basic or nat­ural tones.