5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Stylist for Your Photo Session

If you’re in the process of planning for your next photo session, you’re probably wondering whether it’s necessary to hire a stylist.

A stylist can be used for almost any type of shoot and is a consultant who will help you select the right outfits for your upcoming shoot.

If you’re not entirely convinced that you should hire a stylist, here are 5 reasons why you should.

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  1. Highlight your unique style

A stylist will help you highlight your personal style by taking your ideas and preferred style choices and using them to help you get exceptional photos. A stylist will also take the latest trends as well as your personality into account when helping you choose outfits.70851_2019.08.23_WED_Nelson

  1. Save time and money

Even though it’s an additional expense, the right stylist can end up saving you a lot of time, money and frustration by taking the hassle out of finding the right outfit, ensuring you feel confident throughout your entire shoot.

  1. Learn from a fashion guru

Stylists work with a variety of different body types, styles, and ages, which means they know exactly what will work for you. The style tips and advice that you receive from a stylist for your shoot can be carried over into your personal life too. After your shoot, you’ll have a better idea of how to shop for your body type and make great style and fashion choices.66850_ 2019.07.24_SEN_Lodovico

  1. Instantly boost your confidence

Working with a stylist means that you’ll be walking into your photo session with more confidence than you thought possible. When you look and feel amazing, it instantly shows in your photos. When you feel more confident, you automatically feel more comfortable in front of the camera too, which means you’ll have even more photos to choose from.666072019.07.08_SEN_Keely

  1. Go for the full package

Since you’re paying a professional photographer for beautiful images and you’ve hired a hair and makeup artist to give you the perfect finishing touches, why not go all the way and have a professional assist you with your outfit too? Having photos that you are completely happy with will be well worth the extra expense.

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Why Your Photographer Won’t Give You All Your Images

It’s not uncommon for customers to request all of their photos from their photographer after their session but when a photographer refuses, it can leave clients feeling confused and sometimes even frustrated.

So why won’t your photographer give you all of your images after your session?

70631_2019.08.23_WED_LuzadderWhat you’re entitled to

It’s important to remember that you are paying for an end product and don’t really have a right to the work in progress. Think of it in terms of a painting. Would you demand all the sketches and research that went into the finished painting? Probably not. But asking your photographer for every image that was taken is basically the same thing.

69734_2019.08.15_POR_GarrecUnderstanding your photo session

Even if your photographer has decades of experience, not every photo is going to be perfect, which is why so many photos are taken to begin with.

In some photos your eyes may be closed or the wind may be blowing your hair across your face. Your photographer takes hundreds of photos in order to pick a few that look the best. Even then, the best photos will be processed so that clients receive the most flattering images possible.

Your photographer puts a lot of time into the selection and editing process in order to produce exceptional results so asking for all of the raw images only makes this entire process a complete waste of time.

Plus, seeing the raw photos from your session could leave you feeling disheartened when you don’t see the results you were expecting. There is a reason why the selection and editing process is done by professionals – they want to see their clients happy with the results.

69155_2019.08.08_POR_IhnsTrust your photographer

Ask yourself why you want to see all of your photos? Are you worried that your photographer may have missed a great shot?

Remember that your photographer does this for a living and has carefully sifted through all of your photos to ensure that you only receive the best shots. Plus, choosing the best shots also impacts their reputation and portfolio so there’s really no reason for them to skimp on this process.

Your photographer truly does have your best interests at heart so trust in the process and their abilities.

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Why Your Professional Photography Session is Worth the Price

A lot of people may love the idea of a professional photo session but many end up being put off by the price.

While it might seem like YOUR photographer is simply getting paid to push a button for an hour or two, it’s so much more than that.69306_2019.08.08_POR_Colontrelle

Here are 6 reasons why a professional photography session is well worth the price:

  1. Your photography session extends beyond the shoot. Even though your photo session may only last an hour, your photographer still needs to travel to and from your location, spend time selecting the best photos and edit those photos too.
  2. Photography gear costs money. Producing high-quality photos requires professional equipment. The price of your session factors in your photographer’s camera, lenses, flash, reflectors, tripods, storage cases and more. Certain types of photography can also cost more because more gear is required. Wedding photography being a prime example.69691_2019.08.15_POR_Garrec
  3. You need the right skills to take great photos.As with any other profession, building up the skills required to be a successful photographer takes time and money.
  4. Technology doesn’t come cheap. Along with having all the right gear, photographers also need to have certain technology in order to process and edit their photos. This includes high-end computer equipment as well as professional photo editing software.
  5. Experience is priceless.Photographers spend years honing their skills and developing an artistic eye that allows them to produce the results that they do. From knowing how to work with different types of lighting to being able to spot the perfect photo opportunity, you really can’t put a price on experience. It’s also experience that gives them the know-how necessary to guide you and pose you during your photo session.69422_2019.08.09_SEN_Livie
  6. Sometimes assistants are required.This is particularly true with event or wedding photography. When there are multiple things happening all at once, an assistant will be required to get the job done right, which will often be factored into your pricing.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. If you truly like a photographer’s style and are impressed with their skills and experience, the price you pay for your photo session is definitely well worth it.

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9 Summer Memories to Capture with Your Children

The key moments that every parent should capture with their children this Summer.

The warm summer months are the perfect time to take a vacation with your family and just spend more time outdoors in general. From barbeques and catching fireflies to eating ice creams on the beach, there is nothing quite like summer.

If you want to use the summertime to create and capture new memories with your children, here are a few moments that make for amazing photos.


9 Summer moments you don’t want to miss

  1. Days at the pool. Whether you’re heading out to your local, public pool or you will be taking a swim in your own backyard, days at the pool make for great photos. Think swimming goggles, bright swimsuits, and colorful pool toys.
  2. Hit the road. Summer is the perfect excuse to take that road trip you’ve been talking about and is a great time to capture some fun photos with your kids. Excitement, adventure, and sunglasses are the order of the day so keep your camera ready before you hop into the car and while your partner is driving.
  3. Watch the sunset. Not only is sunset the best time of the day to take photos because you can take advantage of the golden hour but it also adds a magical touch to your photos. Whether your kids are playing in the backyard or you’re taking a walk on the beach at sunset, keep your camera ready.69478_2019.08.09_SEN_Livie
  4. Summer evenings. There’s something about the smells, sights, and sounds of summer that automatically make you want to spend more time outdoors. Encourage your kids to sit around a fire, catch fireflies or give them some sparklers to hold while you capture the fun.
  5. We all scream for ice cream. This one is particularly great if you have younger children who really enjoy ice cream. Take your kids out to the beach or ice cream shop to capture them enjoying this cold, delicious treat.
  6. Blowing bubbles.Every child loves bubbles so why not use them in your next round of family photos. If possible, take the photos just after the sun sets for the best light. Capture your kids blowing bubbles or join in on the fun.14901_2017.07.20_POR_DeSabto
  7. Head to the fair. Summer is all about fairs and amusement parks, which also happen to offer some great backdrops for photos of your children. Carousel rides, cotton candy, and hot dogs make for some amazing memories.
  8. Sidewalk art.Get your children to embrace their inner artist by buying some sidewalk chalk that they can use to bring their own creations to life while spending time outside. Opt for sidewalks that are a little darker as it will help the chalk colors stand out more.
  9. Making friends.Chances are your children will be spending time together or with friends during the summer months so why not capture them playing on the grass or eating ice cream together on the porch.

Make the most of the summer months by getting outside and making as many memories as you can.

How Often Should I Update My Family Photos?

Wondering how often you should update your family photos? This is what you need to know.

Busy schedules, family commitments, and lengthy to-do lists mean families don’t always get the time to update their family photos.

71389_2019.08.25_POR_DietrichThe years also seem to be going by faster and faster, which is especially true when you have children. As parents, you don’t want to miss the chance to capture your child’s milestones or how much you’ve changed as a family.

So, how often should you be updating your family photos?

When to update your family photos

Ideally, you should try and take new photos of your family every year. Here’s why:

  • Do it for future generations.While you are taking photos for yourself, you are also making sure that future generations have amazing photos that they can look back on too. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it.71400_2019.08.25_POR_Dietrich
  • It’s a chance to make memories. By making a point of updating your family photos on a regular basis, you’re also taking the time to be with your family and make new memories. You never know when your family dynamics could change so capture new memories whenever you can.
  • Professional photos last a lifetime.While we are a society that is constantly snapping photos on our phones and uploading them to social media, investing in professional photos gives you a completely different result. Not only will a professional know how to compose and edit each photo to perfection but these are the best photos to print and add to your family albums too.71420_2019.08.25_POR_Dietrich
  • Document your family’s growth.You never realize how quickly your kids are growing until you look back at photos of them or you run into someone who hasn’t seen you in a while. By updating your family photos on an annual basis, you can really document your family’s growth, creating a beautiful series of photos that you can treasure forever.

Remember, updating your family photos every year doesn’t need to cost a fortune either. Talk with your photographer about the different options available to you.

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How to Prepare for Your Custom Portrait Session

Top tips to help you prepare for your upcoming portrait photography session.

Whether you need a new headshot for your LinkedIn profile, a book cover or your website, a custom portrait session will leave you with impactful and professional images that you can use to promote your personal brand.

If you’ve never been photographed before or you haven’t updated your personal portrait in a few years, you’re probably wondering how best to prepare for your upcoming session.

Tips to help you prepare for your portrait photo session

  1. Black and white isn’t always best. Even though men prefer to come dressed in a black suit and women feel they look thinner when they’re dressed in black and white clothing, this doesn’t always mean it’s the best for photos. Black and white clothing generally make most people look washed out, especially when the photos will be used online. If you really want to look more professional, opt for a blue shirt or suit instead of going the usual black suit/ white shirt route.66895_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  2. Consider your skin tone.When choosing an outfit for your portrait session, keep your skin tone in mind. If you have a more olive skin tone, choose from colors such as cherry reds, greens, maroons, and blues. If your skin is lighter, lilac, pinks and light blues work well. An added bonus is if you can choose a color that compliments your skin tone and brings out your eyes too.66898_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  3. Stay away from big and bold accessories.While you may want to wear your favorite chandelier earrings to your portrait photo session, they will only end up taking the focus off your face, which is the whole point of a portrait. The same applies to any jewelry item that is big, bold, and in your face.66953_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  4. Don’t try a new look just before your shoot. Even though your hair and makeup need to look impeccable for your photo session, it’s best not to try out a new hairstyle or makeup trend just before or on the day of your shoot. If you want to get a haircut or try out a new lipstick, do so at least a week before your shoot to make sure you’re happy with it. In terms of makeup, natural is always better. It’s best not to overdo your makeup for your session.

Overall, remember that your portraits need to showcase your unique personality and style. Relax,smile, and have fun!  If you’re feeling nervous or uncertain, let your photographer guide you.

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The Latest in Family Photography Trends

Thinking about updating your family photos? Here are a few of the latest trends to consider.

Family photography has been reinvented. More and more families are stepping away from traditional studio photography and opting for a more documentary style shoot that will tell their story and reflect their unique style.

Modern family shoots are meant to be relaxed, fun and result in natural looking photos, which is why so many families prefer to choose locations that are familiar to them.

Here are a few family photo trends that we will definitely be seeing more of.

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Keeping it close to home

Families will always feel the most comfortable in their own homes, which is why this has become one of the most popular family photography locations. It’s also important to note that you don’t need to have a fancy house with the latest designer furniture for it to be a good location for your shoot either. If you have a room with a big comfy sofa or one with a nice wall color and lots of windows, this will work perfectly for your shoot. As long as the room isn’t too busy and has as much natural light as possible, there’s no reason to go anywhere else for your family photography session.

Bright lights, big city

Urban settings are another popular family photography trend. Heading into the city for your family photo session means you get to take advantage of a number of amazing backdrops such as brick walls, graffiti, archways and doorways as well as historical monuments. If this type of location appeals to you, opt for casual outfits that will fit in well with an urban scene.

67109_ 2019.07.27_POR_JonesOut in the open

Beautiful, sprawling fields are another setting that has become increasingly popular amongst families. The open spaces, repetitive elements, and natural lighting create the perfect setting for family photos. This particular type of location is especially popular among families with young children as it gives them ample room to play and roam around.

Caught in a moment

Today’s photo sessions are all about capturing people in the moment, and family photoshoots are no different. Candid style photos don’t require you to pose, you simply need to enjoy spending time with your family and your photographer will do the rest. A grandfather reading to his grandchildren, sisters laughing together or a family walking hand in hand all make for amazing candid images.

66981_ 2019.07.26_POR_MAtthewsKeeping it casual

Gone are the days of coordinated outfits; modern families are slowly moving away from formal outfits and keeping things stylish and casual instead. Wearing jeans to a family photo shoot doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t look polished though. There are ways to dress up your favorite pair of jeans for the perfect family photos. Keep your location in mind and stick to some sort of color theme in order to make your photos looks more cohesive.

Overall, the more fun and spontaneous your family photo shoot is, the better!

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