PHOTO SESSION TIPS
Worried about the who’s, what’s and why’s of your photo session? Not to worry, we got it all written down for you. If you still have other concerns or questions about your photo shoot, contact Virnez Photography and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we possibly can.
Give yourself enough time to park, pay for parking (if needed), and the time it may take you to walk to and from the location where your photo session will take place. If possible, plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before your appointment, and remember to bring comfy shoes in case you do have to walk quite a distance after parking. If you come across traffic or think you’ll be arriving late, we ask that you contact your photographer immediately to let them know.
A lot of the locations where we photograph (especially Downtown LA) only accept cash upon parking or entering. Although some parking lots may accept debit or credit cards, those that only accept cash are usually more affordable than the rest.
For payments made on the day of your photo session, your photographer will only accept exact cash or check, so be sure to come prepared with the exact method of payment accepted.
Photo sessions can run longer than expected so you’ll want to come prepared with water, snacks, and toys to keep your little ones comfortable and entertained. Make sure your children are well fed and rested before the session and that bathroom breaks have been taken care of before arriving to your photo shoot, since many photo session locations do not have public restrooms close by. If during the session you feel the need to take a break for any reason (diaper change, baby crying), let your photographer know right away, and they’ll be happy to comply with your needs. The important thing is to ensure that every member involved is comfortable throughout the entire photo session.
HAIR & MAKEUP
If you’re taking your Engagement Photos, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of your hair and make-up trial before your wedding day.
High heels may look stylish but can start to feel extremely uncomfortable after spending long periods of time standing or walking in them, so be sure to bring flats or easy slip-on sneakers that will ease all of the walking (or hiking) you’ll be doing.
We recommend bringing an extra change of clothes and a towel in case you get wet. About 90% of the time, you WILL get wet.
WARDROBE TIPS FOR YOUR PHOTO SESSION
Whether you’re taking family photos, maternity photos, or engagement photos, no doubt you’ll want to dress to impress! Feel free to wear your favorite outfit throughout the entire session, or, like most, bring one or two extra outfits (casual and formal) to switch it up a notch. Don’t forget to bring matching jewelry and shoes to go along with each outfit change, if necessary.
Expecting mothers look best in the following outfits, however, if there’s an outfit you wish to wear, feel free to flaunt it! Keep in mind, though, that some patterns and designs may not show off your baby bump as well, and may also camouflage into your background (beach, woods, greenery). If in doubt, talk to your photographer about it and they’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
Tight fitting clothing around the belly - Baby bumps get lost in loose clothing and may not show well in the photos.
Solid colors will stand out better than stripes or patterns.
Long Dresses - Don’t be shy to wear a dress with a train or a cape. Virnez also offers dress rentals for $50.
Extravagant dresses allow us to get some very dramatic and artistic photos.
Solid colors also work best for large groups, though not all wearing the same color. Choose colors that blend well together, such as khaki and white, or black and white, and so forth. If you want something out of the ordinary, try adding more than 2 colors to create a unique mix. If you’re having hard time deciding, think of a theme…Gatsby, Wedding Attire, Bohemian, Favorite Sports Theme, etc.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
To ensure that your photo session is a success, your photographer needs to know what your expectations are from your photo session. Therefore, don’t be shy to express to your photographer what you would like for them to focus primarily on during your photo shoot. For example…
If during your maternity session you wish to include other members of your family, how much of the session would you like your family to be involved in…most of the session or just a small portion of it?
If this is a regular family session, maybe you want the focus to be primarily on your child/children and only a few pictures of the parents/grandparents.
Do you want traditional portraits, editorial portraits, or more candid photos?
Do you have certain insecurities about your body or face that you’d like your photographer to be aware of?
Your thoughts matter to us, so go ahead, speak up! Let us know, in advance, what your preferences are, and we will try our very best to meet those needs.
AFTER YOUR PHOTO SESSION
Shortly after your photo session, a member from Virnez Photography will be contacting you to schedule an appointment for you to view your images, either from the comfort of your own home or at our home studio in the City of Glendora. At that point, you will have the opportunity to view all images from your photo session, and you’ll have the option to choose which pictures and digitals you’d like to purchase.
ONE LAST THING…
Most Virnez Photography photo sessions can last anywhere between 90 and 120 minutes, at times even longer depending on location, lighting and weather. Therefore, be mentally and physically prepared to walk a lot, stand still for long periods of time, climb stairs, hike, and have passersby stare at you while keeping a smile on your face the entire time. Now that we’ve scared you bit, we want you to know that by then end of your photo session, tired as you may be, it will all be worth it, and you’ll have made some pretty awesome friends with the crew from Virnez Photography!