First things first: If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to schedule our session consultation. This is where we customize your experience to create the magical results that you’re after! We’ll finalize all the details of the session—where we’re shooting, meeting times, and which products you’re most interested in creating. I often conduct this consultation over the phone, but we can meet in person at my home studio if you prefer.
This is a critical step, as your session is tailored to create art that fits perfectly into your home and lifestyle. No need to make final purchasing decisions at this meeting, but having an idea of how you might display your images will influence how I shoot the session. For instance, if you’re considering hanging artwork on a narrow stretch of wall, I’ll be sure to create some images in a portrait (vertical) orientation.
Please don’t worry if you don’t yet know what you’d like to do with your images—that’s what I’m here for! We’ll work together to ensure that you’re delighted with the final results.
If you are going to be in the session as well, while the session is focused primarily on your pet, your clothing is important too! Choose an outfit that’s authentically “you” and that you feel comfortable, stylish and confident wearing. Here’s a quick guide to point you in the right direction....
Yes to layers: Layers add visual interest, and are a great choice no matter the temperature. Ladies, think scarves, belts, jackets, jewelry and cardigans. For the fellas, layering a long-sleeve shirt over a tee or thermal will add some dimension to your look.
Yes to textures: Textures like denim or a knit sweater photograph beautifully. Patterns can work well in moderation, but don’t overdo it. Less is more when it comes to patterns.
Yes to color: Don’t feel compelled to stick solely with neutrals. While everyone should be working from a unified color palette, feel free to add a splash of color!
Things to avoid: Gym clothes, low-cut tops, super-short bottoms, baggy or very loose-fitting clothing. Watch these colors: Be aware that bright white, deep black, or neon-like colors (e.g. hot pink, magenta, bright green) usually don’t photograph well.
Don’t throw shade! Brimmed hats can create strong shadows on faces, and that’s a big no-no. Transition glasses can also be problematic, as they turn into sunglasses outside.