You have to practice what you preach and one certainly learns by doing!
I was in the process of updating my website and wanted to update the images on my “About Me” page. I booked a family shoot with Candice Murison Photography and thought I’d use individual images of me on the page. We last did a family shoot 4 years ago (ridiculous – I know!) and getting my adult children to participate was less painful than I thought (they did it for Mommy). :-)
I train at Central Park often and love how they have beautifully designed and combined the urban & green space and therefore chose this as our location.
Being on the other side of the camera was quite an experience – a learning experience. I got to observe how Candice works and went through all the emotions of being a client preparing for a session. This may sound dramatic, but combining the right outfits was very stressful for me. I love it when my clients use colour and imagination and actually put thought into what they wear. I also had to consider that these images were going to portray me on a business platform and really wanted to get it right.
Here are a few pointers for a beautiful session:
Choose one person’s outfit and coordinate everyone else’s around that
Don’t be afraid of colour (jeans and white t-shirts are flippen boring)
Give yourself enough time (for shopping) between making the appointment and the actual shoot
I chose to wear a dress. It makes me feel feminine & pretty and the style allowed the wind to play with the material adding an extra dimension to an image. It was also comfortable so I could sit down or climb up should it have been required. Consider what you wear and ensure it is appropriate to the location.
Lay out the clothes and ensure that all the outfits work no matter who is paired with who.
Do not wear heavily branded tops with logos and distracting patterns.
On the day of the shoot:
Ensure that you have prepped properly. Clean, cut or painted nails always looks pretty.
Moisturized body parts look sensual compared to dry hands and feet. LOL.
Look like you – just polished. Do not overdue the makeup.
Arrive on time. I say this…but I was 5 minutes late! Uuuuggh! This causes stress, may aggravate your photographer (not Candice or I though in this situation) and may shorten your session time.
Come prepared to enjoy yourself and just be in the moment.
Thank you Candice for the beautiful images - for your patience, creativity and your passion for people and the art. May your business grow from strength to strength.
Here are a few images of a wonderful session with my most favourite people in the whole world.