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.